Keeping your home carpet clean can be a challenge for anyone. With all the traffic it sees, it’s no wonder that people are often looking for cheap and effective ways to clean it properly and remove stains. There are dozens of products on the market that promise to clean and deodorize your carpet for a price. But there are many common household items you can use to achieve the same level of cleanliness as expensive commercial products. The methods and cleaning solutions devised have stood the test of time and are still as effective on today’s carpets as they were then.
1.Use Powdered Laundry Detergent
Powdered laundry detergent can be used for more than just getting your clothes clean. Dilute it with some water and pour it into a spray bottle. This solution can be sprayed directly onto most stains and left to sit for a moment and then blotted until the stain is removed. Don’t scrub at the stain when using this or any other method as the scrubbing can force the stain sunk into the carpet fibers making the stain more stubborn and harder to remove.
2. Use Club Soda
When you are dealing with stains from beverages such as coffee, tea and even red wine, club soda comes to the rescue. Pour club soda straight onto the stain and watch as the soda bubbles and lifts the stains. Blot with a clean towel and repeat if necessary. If the stain is from urine mix vinegar and water and sprays directly onto the area. Again, blot and repeat as needed. The vinegar works not only to remove the stain but also to remove the odor.
3. Use Isopropyl Alcohol
Stains from items such as water-based paints or pens can be removed by using isopropyl alcohol, more generally referred to as rubbing alcohol. The procedure is the same – spray and blot – and if you have some oil essences in your home, you can add a small amount to the mix to leave your carpet with a fresh scent.
4. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda has built up a reputation for being a common household item with hundreds of uses, and this remains true when it comes to your carpet. If your entire carpet could use a boost and you want to remove lingering smells hat build up over time, grab the baking soda. Sprinkle it over your carpet and allow it to sit for a few minutes before vacuuming thoroughly. While baking soda is effective it I also safe enough to use regularly and there’s no harm in adding it to your weekly cleaning routine on the carpets throughout your home.
5. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
If you have blood stains on the carpet, pull out the hydrogen peroxide. It cleans a cut, right? It also cleans carpets. Note, only use peroxide on light colored carpets. Test a small area under your couch or in a well-concealed corner, by dabbing the peroxide or with a cotton swab. After about 15 minutes or so, if the color of the carpet does not bleach, then apply the peroxide in the same manner to the blood stain.
There’s a saying that ‘Sometimes the old ways are the best’ and this especially applies to household cleaning solutions. For all the technological advancements made in the world of cleaning, many tried, and true remedies should be considered before dipping into your pockets. This isn’t to say that there is no benefit to professional carpet cleaning, but by using these remedies, you will be able to pay for the service less often and clean your home while saving a few bucks and offering a tip of your hat to the work and innovation of homemakers from generations gone by.