Carpets are not just cozy parts of a floor that we walk on. They add a touch of class, a fine splash of exotic beauty and a whole bunch of warmth to our hearts and souls. With this in mind, we do want to take the best care of our carpets so they can take the best care of us. And yes the neighbors will envy you for that well cared for carpet that is fitting for a prize for “the carpet of the month”.
To properly care for our carpets without having to call the cleaners here are some terms to remember:
Blot: in this case, we will use the word as; to dry (a wet surface or substance) using an absorbent material. To blot when cleaning a carpet is to ensure that whatever stain is in or on the carpet we do not spread it in any way. So a piece of cloth or paper towel should be used as follows; place it over the stain, press down and then lift up gently without spreading the stain further in or on the carpet.
The next thing to keep in mind before applying any form of cleaning solutions is to know what type of material your carpet is made of so you do not cause damage when trying to clean. Some cleaning solutions such as hydrogen peroxide can bleach your carpets depending on the type of material it is made of. So be sure to do a test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding.
Now here are some clever Hacks to combat those carpet stains
Solve it with a beer
Getting coffee or tea stain out of your rug may seem difficult, but you can literally lift it out by pouring a bit of beer right on top and let it soak for a few minutes. Blot the beer lightly with a piece of cloth, and the stain should disappear. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times to remove all traces of the stain. Then wet a piece of cloth with water and blot the area to remove beer traces.
Dry-cleaning fluid is excellent at removing grease, lipstick, butter, and mysterious oily fingerprints. Blot up excess oil with a paper towel, and then work the fluid into the stain, moving from the edges to the center.
Ammonia: Lift out stains from carpeting and upholstery by blotting them with a solution of 1 cup clear ammonia in 1/2 gallon (2 liters) warm water. Let dry thoroughly, and repeat the process if needed.
Chewing gum somehow end up stuck to the fibers of your carpet? Ice cubes could be the homemade carpet cleaners you need. Freeze the gum entirely with ice cubes in a plastic bag by putting the bag directly on the gum, then scrape off the or just lift up the gum.
Vinegar is the Supergirl of stain removal (and cleaning in general). Try these different formulas for homemade carpet cleaners to remove a variety of common stains:
Blot light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.
For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.
For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it sit for two days, then vacuum. The stain should be gone.
For spilled paint, use a solution of 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons laundry detergent, and two cups water; blot away the paint before it sets in and flush it with cold water.
For fruit and fruit juice stains, mix 1 tablespoon laundry detergent with 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar and combine with two cups of water. Work the solution into the stain and blot.
For coffee and tea stains, combine equal parts white vinegar and water and blot the stain.
sweet little baby’s juice
Your sweet little baby is very sorry for spilling some juice on the carpet, so make it “all better” with some shaving cream on the spot. Blot the stain, pat it with a wet sponge, spurt some shaving cream on it, and then wipe clean with a damp sponge. Shaving cream also works great on grease and oil stains; simply work the cream into the stain, let dry, and pat with a damp soft cloth.
Holy moly, ink on the carpet!
In this case, spilled milk will make you smile. Mix the milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the paste to the ink stain. Allow it to dry on the carpet for a few hours, then brush off the dried residue and vacuum it up. Cornstarch is also great for soaking up grease and oil stains. Sprinkle the spots liberally, let sit for several hours, and vacuum up.
Use a sprinkle of salt to increase the concentration of other homemade carpet cleaners:
White wine makes it fine
Don’t panic if you spill red wine on your white carpet. While the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes. Now vacuum and it should be as good as new.
Ketchup spill on your carpet? Act fast because once this one dries, it will be nearly impossible to get out. Sprinkle salt over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, and vacuum. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone.
Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.
Can’t tell what that stain is? Mix a teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Put the paste on the stain with a soft cloth. Rinse. The stain, whatever it was, should be gone.
Baking Soda Is King
Out of all homemade carpet cleaners, baking soda is your best choice to quickly clean vomit or urine stains from your carpet. Wipe up what you can, then pour baking soda over the affected area and pat with a paper towel. Let the homemade mixture dry completely before vacuuming up the residue. Baking soda will clean, sanitize, and deodorize the messy spot. Baking soda can also be used to lift grease stains when combined with equal parts of salt. Sprinkle the mixture over the grease spot, and use a stiff brush to work the powdery concoction into the spot. Let sit for 4 or 5 hours and then vacuum up to completely remove the stain.