Carpet Cleaning: A Helpful DIY Guide

Carpet cleaning - Stain RemovalHas your carpet seen better days? Are you looking for the carpeting that you fell in love with, but you are having trouble finding it under all those stains? Do you have a stain that you just can’t remove? Well, it is your lucky day because we are going to share some of the most helpful DIY carpet cleaning tips and tricks. Continue reading to learn how you can reclaim your carpet and fall in love all over again.

Coffee and tea stains seem to be a real pain when it comes to getting them out of carpet. But did you know by pouring another beverage on them they literally disappear. Pour a small amount of beer on the stain, rub lightly, and be amazed. If the stain isn’t removed with the first application, you may have to repeat the process to completely remove it.

You can also remove tea and coffee stains with white vinegar and water. Simply mix equal parts of the two liquids and blot the stain.

For stains that include fruit or fruit juice, mix one tablespoon of laundry detergent, a half tablespoons of white vinegar, and two cups of water. Rub the solution into the stain and use a clean cloth to blot it up.

Carpet cleaning - Stain Removal with shaving creamAnother option for getting rid of fruit juice stains is shaving cream. Spray the shaving cream on the spot, blot it, use a wet sponge to blot it, squirt more shaving cream, and wipe with a damp sponge. One application should do the trick, but if it doesn’t, repeat the process. Shaving cream is also effective on oil and grease stains. Spray the cream onto the stain, work it into the carpet, allow it to dry, and then rub it off with a clean, damp cloth.

Light carpet stains can get annoying, but with a mixture of one-half cup white vinegar and two tablespoons of salt, you can rub them away. Apply the solution, rub lightly, allow to dry, and vacuum. If you have larger stains or they are darker, add two tablespoons of borax to the vinegar and salt and follow the same process.

Tough stains take a bit more, but not much. If you have ground-in dirt, or other stubborn stains, get rid of them with one tablespoon each of vinegar and cornstarch. Create a paste with the two ingredients, rub it into the area with a clean dry cloth, and allow it to set for two days. After that, vacuum it away.

Spilled paint on carpet may cause tears, but don’t let it. Mix one and one half teaspoons of both laundry detergent and vinegar with two cups of water. Before the paint sets, rub it with a sponge and rinse with cool water.

Ink is another one of those things you really don’t want on your carpet. But with a little milk, you may save lots of tears. Mix milk and cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the solution to the stain and let it dry for a few hours. Brush it off and vacuum. You can also use cornstarch on grease and oil stains as it will soak it up. Sprinkle the product on any spots you see and let it work its magic for several hours before vacuuming. You can also try WD-40 on ink stains. Spray the stain and allow the solution to set for a couple minutes. Continue cleaning with warm, soapy water and a sponge.

What’s the solution for spilled red wine on carpet? Well, more wine of course. Pour white wine on the red while it is still wet. Then, use cold water and a sponge to clean the spot. Sprinkle salt on the area and allow it to set for 10 minutes. After that, vacuum it up.

Mystery stains can be stubborn, but this homemade stain remover can help. Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with some cream of tartar to create a paste. Use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the stain and watch it disappear.

As you can see, there are many options for cleaning your carpets when they happen to get stained. Try one of these tricks and watch the mess vanish.