Carpet Cleaning Made Easy: Tips & Tricks

Written by Lillian Connors
22
Oct

Whether it’s a clumsy cup of coffee, a rogue magic marker, or muddy paw prints, carpets and rugs are magnets for all kinds of and mishaps accidents. Luckily, there are tricks and cleaning solutions for almost any mess out there, most of which don’t include store-bought products and solvents. One of the first steps in deciding what to do depends on whether the carpet in question is made of synthetic or natural fibers. Read on and see which combination of ingredients and techniques is best for your type of carpet. 

Homemade cleaners for synthetic carpets

To make a detergent solution for synthetic carpets, mix ¼ teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent into one cup of lukewarm water. For a vinegar solution, one cup of white vinegar goes into two cups of water, while for a solvent solution you can use an oil solvent or nail polish remover that doesn’t contain acetone. Dip a white cloth into these DIY carpet cleaners and apply to the stain. Never pour the solution onto the carpeting directly.

Homemade cleaners of natural fiber carpets

Detergent solution for natural fiber carpets is made by mixing one teaspoon of translucent liquid dishwashing detergent into one cup of lukewarm water. To make a vinegar solution, ¼ of white vinegar goes into ¼ cup of water. In ammonia solution, one tablespoon of clear household ammonia mixes with ½ cup of lukewarm water. The solvent solution is the same as for synthetic carpets.  

Removing food and drink stains from synthetics

For synthetic carpets and rugs, dip a white cloth into the homemade detergent solution and dab repeatedly. After 15 minutes of pressing, soak the excess liquid with a dry white cloth and repeat the process with the vinegar solution. Vinegar is important as it removes residual detergent that attracts dirt if left in the carpet. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. As long as you see the stain lightening, repeat the steps until it’s gone. This process works best for treating stains from coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, beer, milk, tomato sauce, ketchup, berries, hard candy, juice, soda,  

Treating extensive damage

The cleaning tips mentioned above and listed below work well for individual stains, however in cases where the whole carpet surface is affected, for example as a result of a flood, dust mites, and stubborn spills that resist homemade-remedies, you need a reliable cleaning service. These Sydney-based chemdry cleaning experts, for instance, use special anti-microbial sprays to treat the area to prevent mold from taking root, as well as anti-allergen treatment for all their carpet, upholstery, and rug cleans.

Removing food and drink stains from natural rugs

Spray the stain with a homemade detergent solution for natural fibers and blot with a dry white clot. Repeat the process with the vinegar solution for natural fiber carpets. Do it once more with the detergent solution and then spray with lukewarm water. Dry the spot with a white cloth. For hard candy, chocolate, berries, juice, wine, soda, and milk stains, before applying the vinegar solution, spray the stain with the ammonia solution and blot with a dry white cloth.

Removing ink and marker

For synthetic carpets, apply a small amount of solvent, blot with a dry cloth and let it dry for 15 minutes, followed with the same process using the homemade detergent solution. Rinse with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water. For natural fiber carpets, spray the stain with detergent solution, blot dry with a white cloth, repeating the steps with the ammonia and vinegar solutions. Reapply the detergent solution once more and blot dry with a clean white cloth.  

In its lifetime, an average carpet has to cope a lot – mud, food, pet dander, and worse. However, while vacuuming sorts just a part of the problem, there are easy homemade fixes for lifting stains of all kinds. However, when diplomacy fails, giving your carpet professional cleaning is the only thing that can bring it to life.