May 25th, 2017

When it comes to carpet cleaning, everyone wants to know the secrets. We’ve all heard things about club soda, vinegar, and other “DIY methods” but how well do they really work? Today we’re going to discuss DIY carpet cleaners, stain removers, and tips. Hopefully, next time you have a spill you’ll know exactly what to do!

Removing Carpet Stains

When dealing with soiled carpets, there are a few musts. The first step is always cleaning the stain; you don’t want whatever spilled to begin setting in the carpet. Blot the area instead of rubbing (which can spread the stain). After most of the stain is up you can begin dabbing. Don’t overdo the cleaning product; this increases drying time and can actually attract new stains if you don’t get all the residue cleaned away. If you’d rather use some DIY carpet cleaner, we’ll be discussing various homemade carpet cleaners for all types of stains that you could use! Drying your carpet using a towel or even a blow dryer can help speed up the drying process which can reduce the likelihood of new stains forming over the cleaned area.

DIY Carpet Stain Removers

  • Gum – Apply ice to the gum stain until hardened and then scrape the gum residue from the carpet.
  • Wine – Rinse with cold water then sprinkle salt over the stain. Let stand for 3-4 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Repeat these steps until the stain is removed.
  • Coffee – Blot the stain to absorb excess liquid then rinse with club soda. Repeat until stain is removed.
  • Pet Feces – Pick up the pieces that you can without smearing the stain, then rinse with club soda. Blot the club soda up and then repeat if necessary.
  • Grease – Blot the stain to lift excess liquid then place paper towels over the stain. Get an iron and turn to lowest heat, applying the iron to the paper towels to lift the remaining grease. Mix white vinegar, water, and soap. Apply mixture to stain, blot and repeat as necessary.

There are various homemade carpet cleaners mentioned around the internet. Be careful when using certain “DIY cleaners” and make sure that they won’t cause damage to your carpet fibers or the color of your carpet. Sometimes opting for a professional carpet cleaning may be your best bet for hard set-in stains.

When attempting to remove carpet stains and apply DIY carpet cleaners and stain removers, always be aware of your manufacturer’s warranty and what can potentially void it. DIY cleaning will not void your warranty, but damage caused by improper cleaning methods may. If you have a stain that won’t budge, be sure to contact us for a professional carpet cleaning today!

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