Everyone who has owned a carpet at some point is at least somewhat aware of the basic carpet cleaning methods. Vacuuming your carpet once a week, addressing stains and spills quickly, and getting a professional clean up once or twice per year, are common knowledge at this point. In this article, we won’t only give new carpet owners a crash course in carpet care, but we’ll also go a bit deeper. Stay with us until the end, and we’ll unveil some of the more incredibly useful ways you can use to clean your carpet at home.
Before we jump right into the thick of things, let’s make sure that we’re all on the same page here. After all, you wouldn’t want to try running before you know how to walk, right?
Vacuuming Frequency – As we’ve already noted, vacuuming often is crucial for the longevity of your carpet. The more time you give dust and dirt to seep into the fabrics, the harder will be getting rid of them become. Depending on the foot traffic that your carpet has to deal with, you’d want to vacuum anywhere between one and three times per week. The more the foot traffic through your carpeted rooms, the more frequent your vacuuming sessions need to be. This can be further impacted by the presence of small children and pets in your home – our little bundles of joy can sometimes be incredibly difficult to clean up after!
Stains and Spills – It (hopefully) goes without saying that any sort of spills needs to be dealt with immediately. Especially true for things like wine, coffee, blood, and the likes, your reaction time will have a huge impact on the difficulty of your task. Not only that, but by reacting faster you’re also limiting the chance of permanent staining, which would require extensive resources, or worse – carpet replacement.
Say “No” to rubbing – As enticing as rubbing the stains deeper into your fabric might sound, you should try your best to refrain from doing it.
And, now that we’ve gotten this out of the way, let’s get down to the specifics:
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to look at the three most common types of carpet stains: general stains, grease stains and difficult-to-deal-with stains.
The types of stains that fall in this category range from random bits of food and sauces, tracked in dirt and mud to those, caused by various beverages. All of these stains can easily be addressed by using a simple mixture of water and liquid detergent or dishwashing soap. You’ll need:
Mix the detergent and water inside the spray bottle, liberally sprinkle the stain, and, after giving it a couple of minutes to do its magic, proceed to blot it out with the cloth. And, if you’re like us and you’d prefer to remain on the green side of things, you can always replace the detergent with diluted white vinegar for the same cleaning power with no added cost to the environment.
Now we’re really getting into the difficult parts of carpet cleaning. For the inexperienced carpet owner, removing grease from a carpet can be an infuriating task. And if you, like so many others, often struggle in dealing with grease on your carpet, we’ve got something just for you here. You’ll want to get together the following:
Begin your grease cleaning procedure by blotting the area until you feel like it’s dry to the touch. Then, liberally sprinkle the area with baking soda. Give it a couple of minutes to stay there and do its thing. Follow it up by preparing a concoction from the vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent and pouring it in your spray bottle. After the baking soda has had enough time to absorb most of the grease, spritz the problematic area with your mixture and begin the blotting process anew. This method will make short work of any grease stains, leaving nothing but a fresh and clean carpet in its wake. It’s a good idea to follow this method up with a quick vacuuming session to remove any leftover soda or moisture.
The time has come to tackle the hardest to remove stains. Within this category, we place things like wine, chocolate, ketchup, coffee and blood. This type of stains can be not only very difficult to deal with but also very dangerous to the long-term health of your carpet, as failure to remove them can result in permanent damage. To prevent this, you’ll want to prepare:
As in the previous example, you’ll want to kick your cleaning session off by ensuring that the area has been thoroughly blotted out and that there’s no liquid left on your carpet. Then, and only then, can you follow up by sprinkling soda over the stain and gently dabbing it. While the soda is doing its magic, pour your ammonia, along with half a cup of water in the spray bottle. Liberally spritz the area and dab with a (separate) clean cloth until the stain is but a bad memory. Wrap up your cleaning session by giving the entire area another go with a damp cloth to ensure that there’s no ammonia left over and then removing any excess moisture before putting your cleaning tools away.