Cleaning Spots And Spills On Carpets
Cleaning your carpet can be challenging and messy, not to mention expensive if the professionals have to get involved.
Here are three easy ways to make carpet cleaning solutions from ingredients you probably already have at home. Along with the directions of how to use them of course. Let’s get started.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
The order is important here.
First, soak the stain with vinegar, then sprinkle in some baking soda. Any kind of baking soda will do.
Stick with regular vinegar though, and don’t use the balsamic kind or malt vinegar. Pour the vinegar on the mound of baking soda.
Once you have a bubbling pile of baking soda on the floor, just wait for a while for it to absorb and suspend the stain.
Next, you just vacuum it up! A wet dry vacuum can be found cheap at most department stores, or on Amazon if you don’t have one.
You could wipe it up, or try and use some absorbent material to try and capture all the liquid. try to not rub the carpet too hard. Rubbing too hard with a cloth could fray the ends of the carpet and damage it.
Also, a white cloth is best. You don’t want to rub any colour of dye off into the spot you are trying to clean.
You can use this mixture to clean up pet accidents, but it should work on a variety of stains, so try it out and let us know how it works on your stains and/or spills!
Peroxide and Dish Detergent/Soap
If you want to make a small batch of this homemade stain remover and try it out for yourself, you’ll just need a spray bottle, 1/2 teaspoon of dawn dish soap, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup peroxide.
Then, add the 1/2 teaspoon of dawn dish soap to the spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix up the stain remover completely.
You should spot test this solution on your carpet next. If you have a very light coloured carpet it should not bleach it out. However, If you have a darker coloured carpet you do run the risk of it bleaching it.
Find a tiny area of your carpet that is in a place you don’t normally see (or covered by something) and then give it a try.
Spray a small amount and let it completely dry. If your carpet is still the same colour after a few hours, it should be all good.
Spray the carpet stain remover over the areas of your carpet with the stains. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes and then start to vacuum it up with a wet dry vacuum.
Or try and blot the stains away with a dry cloth. Make sure that you are pressing firmly on the stain, but try not to rub back and forth.
Try and be very, very patient and let the mixture soak into the stain for quite a while, giving it a little more of the solution every so often during that time. Repeat the vacuuming or blotting stage.
Try to remember that hydrogen peroxide breaks down in light, though. That is why peroxide is sold and kept in dark brown bottles.
If you do make a larger batch of this stain remover that you will end up storing, put it in a dark container or cover your container, placing it in paper bag or something like that will help the mixture keep its potency.
Dish Soap and Isopropyl Alcohol
This one is from a Carpet Professional, and it’s also my personal favorite.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with a cup (250ml) of warm water. He say’s the heat will help the chemicals blend together better.
Next, use some 90% Isopropyl Alcohol. (70% is not strong enough, but may work in a pinch.) Put 2 table spoons in the spray bottle.
And then just a 1/4 teaspoon full of Dawn (he say’s Dawn, but you could substitute in something else here) dish detergent. Add to the spray bottle.
Now lightly swish the contents in the spray bottle together, and voila! A professional carpet cleaner solution!
He also says to use a spoon after you spray it into the spot in question.
Use the spoon to spread the solution around the spot, and see if you can rub it out slowly. Next use a wet dry vacuum and suck it up.
Once again, the cloth or cloths is not really recommended as the best way to soak up the liquid or scrub out the spot. Notice a pattern here? We did too.
So there they are. Three easy to make at home, with ingredients you more than likely already have, carpet cleaning mixtures.
I think the best one is the last one personally, but give then a try yourself. I think one of the main take aways from this is the vacuum. It kept coming up in my reseach as the best way to extract the liquid after the soaking.
If you don’t own one, as mentioned earlier, there are quite a few cheap options available from most major deparment chains or online retailers. Also, using cloths to rub to hard on carpets can damage them.
So take care, and use these methods to preserve your expensive investments into your flooring!