Every carpet owner should know that professional cleaning is required every year. But what do you do in between those visits? You have to keep your carpets clean yourself. So you’ll need to stock up on carpet cleaning supplies, and you should follow these tips so you can keep your carpet looking like new for a long time.
- Blot the stains. You should dab the stain with a cleaning solution and a sponge. Paper towels or a clean cloth will do just fine too. Blot from the outside going in so you don’t spread the stain.
What you don’t want to do is to rub the stain. This will just embed the stain particles into the carpet fibers. That will make the stain harder to remove, and the affected fibers may become damaged.
- For beer and wine stains, use club soda. Blot the stain with a cloth and club soda. If for some reason that doesn’t work,use a handheld spray bottle that contains a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then use a sponge to soak up the solution and the stain. You may have to repeat this process until the stain is totally gone.
- For general stains, shaving cream may work. Apply it to the stain and let it set for half an hour. Then blot the shaving cream with a dry white cloth. Then finish off by spraying with the water and vinegar mixture and wiping off the solution with a cloth.
- Freeze the gum.If you get gum stuck to your carpet, get some ice cubes and freeze the gum for about 30 seconds. Once the gum is frozen, use a spoon to lift the mess. You should also have some scissors so you can cut carpet strands as close to the gum as possible.
- For grease stains, use dishwasher detergent. The dishwasher detergent you use that fights grease off from dishes work well on carpets too. Just put in a couple of drops in a cup of water, and spray it on the stain. Then you can just blot up afterwards.
- Melted wax can be removed with heat. When your candles drip on your carpet, it can dry quickly as it embeds into the carpet. You can use your iron covered by a white cloth over the wax. When the wax wares, use a butter knife to scrape it off. Then put some paper towel over the stain and iron on the paper. The wax will melt and stick to the paper towel.
- Use hydrogen peroxide for blood stains. First loosen the blood stain with water and mild detergent. Then scrape as much of the blood as you can. Eliminate the stain remnants by applying some hydrogen peroxide then dab at it with towels.