Carpet Cleaning Tips: Get A Flawless Carpet


Carpet Cleaning Tips

A clean and polished carpet enhances the beauty of the house. But it is actually very difficult to keep carpets clean. The fibre in the carpet easily grabs dirt and debris, and removing them is not easy as they settle at the base of the carpet. Similarly, if the carpet gets wet, it stinks and drying the area is a hassle. 

With all these problems, regarding cleaning, people often get perplexed. But, if you follow certain techniques and know-how to deal with each carpet cleaning problem, you can make the task easy and fast. You just need to have some ingredients ready at home and know how to use them. 

If you are unaware of how to effectively and effortlessly solve carpet cleaning problems, this article is for you. I have come up with the best carpet cleaning tips for a flawless carpet after thorough research and experiments. 

Are you ready to learn the amazing carpet cleaning tricks? Let’s start!

15 Best And Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips For A Flawless Carpet:

No matter how hard you try, you can never stop the carpet from getting dirty. The dirt, pollution, debris, hair, pins, pet accidents, wine stains, food grease, etc. are regular things that make your carpet dirty. This is why there is no alternative to cleaning the carpet. 

But since you can’t wash the entire carpet for one accident, you have to know the tactic of solving each problem separately. This is why you need to learn these tips. 

Let’s get started:

Tip 1: Lint Roller For Instant Cleaning:

When carpet fibres are long, the vacuum cleaner fails to suck the dirt from the deep. You would still see something stuck inside even after vacuum cleaning the carpet. Especially in the heavy traffic areas, it is hard to deep clean just with a vacuum cleaner. And you can’t deep clean with a cleaner machine regularly, right? So, what is the solution? 

A lint roller can rescue you in such situations. Lint rollers have mild adhesives with which the dirt, hair, and particles get attached easily. You just need to roll the lint roller hard over the area you need to clean. Depending on how dirty the area is and the length of the carpet fibre, you can rub the roller for 3-5 minutes over the area. You can see particles, hair, and debris stuck on the roller. Stop rolling when you see the area clean. 

Tip 2: Squeegee For Pet Hair:

If you have a pet in your house, I can assume how frequently you may need to clean the carpet. Cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, etc. leave back fur and hair whenever they sit on the carpet. If you don’t remove them, it can cause health issues as well as make the carpet look dirty. 

If you have a plain carpet with short fibre, I have good news for you. You can clean away the pet hair in a moment with a squeegee. Wet the squeegee and run it over the area you intend to clean just like you do on windows or countertops. You can see the pet hair accumulating in the area you stop your squeegee. Once you finish accumulating the pet hairs with the squeegee, use a vacuum cleaner to remove them. 

Remember that this is not an option for long-fibre carpets. 

Tip 3: Iron To Remove Wax:

People who use candles to beautify and light up their homes surely have an excellent aesthetic sense. But they also need to face the problem of melting wax stuck on the carpet. Don’t worry. I have a solution and that is the iron you use for pressing your clothes!

You have to melt the hardened wax on the carpet to remove it. Now how to do this? You can do that with an iron but you can’t put a heated iron over the carpet. So, put a towel or cloth on the wax. And then turn on the ‘no steam’ mode. Then press the iron over the piece of cloth. Keep pressing until the wax melts slightly. 

Just after it melts, brush it with a comb or use a butter knife to scrape off the wax. And it’s done!

Tip 4: Club Soda And Vinegar For Stain Removal:

Here comes the very basic and common remedy to remove stains from the carpet. This remedy mostly works on tea, coffee, and wine stains. Not only that it removes the stain but also eliminates the foul smell created by the substances that caused the stain. And the magic remedy is a combination of Club soda and vinegar. 

If the stain is minor, club soda alone can do the job. Put club soda on a cloth and gently rub it over the stain. Soak it up with a blotting paper. If you see any improvement, do the same 2-3 times. If the result isn’t satisfactory, take a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water. Spray the solution directly on the stain. Let it be there for 10-15 minutes. 

After that, use a sponge to remove the cleaning solution. You can repeat this 2-3 times for a better result. Then use a cloth soaked in warm water to rinse the cleaned surface. Use paper towels to speed up drying. And expose the stain-free carpet again!

Tip 5: Shaving Foam As A Stain Remover:

Shaving foam is an underrated agent for stain removal but is effective on almost every type of stain. If you let it settle for 30-40 minutes, the process of removing stains becomes effortless and easy. 

Pump out shaving foam on the stain directly. Let it sit there for 30-40 minutes. After that, use a cloth or blotting paper to gently remove the shaving foam. You can see the result. But if any residue remains, spray a solution of water and vinegar on it. Let it sit there for 2-3minutes and then wipe it off with a cloth. And see how the stains have vanished!

Tip 6: Dishwashing Soap And Baking Soda For Treating Grease:

Most people may know that baking soda is excellent for soaking up grease, oil, and liquid. But there is even a more effective solution to grease which is dishwashing soap. Grease cutting dishwashing soaps are the best for removing food grease, oil, fuel, etc, from the carpet. If required, you can use baking soda too. 

In a spraying bottle, mix 5-6 drops of dishwashing liquid with warm water. Shake it to make a lather. Then spray it over the greasy area. Let it be there for a few minutes and then soak it up with a cloth or blotting paper. You can repeat the process if required. Otherwise, for a finishing touch, sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit for 30 minutes. It would soak the remaining grease. Then vacuum clean the area. 

If any stain remains, you can use tip 4 and tip 5 to work on them. 

Tip 7: Ice Cubes For Removing Chewing Gum:

One of the nasty situations occurs when chewing gum gets stuck on the carpet. It can happen by you accidentally or kids may do so while playing. But the ultimate tension of removing it sits on your head. Relax! I have a solution for you!

Rub an ice cube on the chewing gum for a minute. Repeat it until the chewing gum freezes. Once it freezes and becomes hard, use the backside of a spoon to lift it up. Now the sticky strands that are still sticking to the carpet fibre have to be cut with a scissor. Try not to cut any fibre but if you accidentally do so, it would not be noticeable unless someone tries to view it with a microscope! Just kidding!

Tip 8: Baking Soda To Clean Pet Accidents:

I can’t just get over the benefits of baking soda! Honestly, it is that magic ingredient that solves the most difficult problems effortlessly. I must mention that vinegar is another amazing cleaner too! But for now, let me stick to baking soda! Let me tell you how it can help you deal with pet accidents. 

If your pet is yet to be trained, he can poop or pee on the carpet at any time. And it would not only stink but leave a mark or stain on the carpet too. And the solution to this problem is to use baking soda. 

Pour adequate baking soda into the area to be treated. Keep it there for 30-60 minutes. Baking soda would absorb the residue and help to remove the odour. After 30-60 minutes, wipe off or blot up the area. You can soak a cloth dipped in warm water to remove the germs too. You may use a vacuum cleaner for a better outcome. 

Tip 9: Vinegar To Bring Back The Texture:

You must have noticed the high traffic areas on the carpet that look worn out and old. The pressed carpet fibre looks odd and kills the beauty of the floor. These are the areas where you walk the most, and where you place the furniture. It totally destroys the softness and appearance of the carpet. 

To bring back the softness and texture of the carpet, you can use a mixture of water and white vinegar. Fill half of a spray bottle with vinegar and the other half with plain water. Shake it well and directly spray the solution on the affected areas. Let it sit well so that the carpet absorbs the solution. 

After that, use a spoon to rub over the area sideways. This would flex the fibre and lose them from each other. The fibres separate again and the texture returns. Let it dry naturally and see that the marks on the traffic areas have disappeared. 

Tip 10: Ice Cubes For Softening The Carpet:

Again, I am going to talk about the same problem. The marks on the high traffic areas look horrible and kill the beauty of the carpet. The areas look worn out due to the impact and pressure. Now, if you don’t want to use any chemical like vinegar, there is an alternative too. 

To fluff the high traffic areas and bring back the texture, place ice cubes all over the affected areas. Let the cubes melt so that the carpet absorbs them. Now, blot the area with a blotting paper or dry cloth. After that, iron the area over a plain cloth or towel to dry out the area. 

Now discover the fluffy and soft texture of the carpet! You have given new life to your carpet, haven’t you?

Tip 11: Homemade Freshener For Fragrant Carpets:

Smelly and stinky carpet is a common problem, especially during monsoon and damp weather. The carpet feels wet and cold and also gives off an unpleasant smell. So, what about making a homemade freshener to solve this problem? 

Baking soda, essential oil, and borax powder are here to rescue you from this problem. Baking soda can alone do this job if the smell is minor. But for a better outcome, you can add borax powder too. 

If you are using baking soda only, then mix a cup of soda with 15-20 drops of essential oil. Then squeeze some drops of lemon into it to make the smell prominent. Now spread the mixture all over the carpet. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes to let it do its job. Then vacuum clean the carpet to give off a refreshing and mild fragrance. 

If you want a much stronger smell and effect, mix the borax powder into the mixture and do the same. It would not only wash away the odour but also kill germs working as a disinfectant. 

Tip 12: Hydrogen Peroxide For Stains:

If you have blood or alcohol stains on the carpet, hydrogen peroxide can help. If the stain is fresh, you can directly apply hydrogen peroxide to it and let it fizz up. Then use a towel or paper towel to blot away the stain. 

If the stain settles hard on the carpet, you need to pretreat the area before applying hydrogen peroxide. Make a solution of mild soap and water and spray it on the stain. Now use a butter knife to remove the blood drops gently. Then apply hydrogen peroxide for a better effect and blot away the residue with a paper towel or cloth. 

Tip 13: Avoid Rubbing And Choose Blotting:

Besides learning the home remedies for effective cleaning, you have to learn how to clean and perform the process correctly. And for effective cleaning, you have to know why you should not rub the carpet and blot away instead. 

When you rub or scrub the carpet, the fibres get damaged and the colour fades too. Besides, the stain or dirt goes deeper into the carpet settling on the base. This makes it almost impossible to clean out the marks and debris. Also, it can give off an odour if the liquid or dirt settles on the carpet. Basically, rubbing makes the situation even worse rather than cleaning the carpet. 

On the other hand, blotting helps to clean the carpet more easily without pressing the dirt to the base of the carpet. When you blot with a blotting paper or cloth, you press it gently on the carpet. This process gradually absorbs the liquid along with the dirt and stain(the cleaning agent). 

Therefore, strictly avoid scrubbing and prioritize blotting away the dirt from the carpet. 

Tip 14: Make Your Own Cleaning Formula:

Time for a DIY! Yes, you can get a lot of cleaning formulas in the market. They are useful and can help you get a clean carpet. But these formulas have limited agents. They don’t contain all the ingredients together that can give the best result. This is why I always prefer to use homemade cleaning formulas that contain all the necessary ingredients that are organic too! Let me tell you how I make it!

The ingredients are listed here:

  • 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid,
  • 2 tablespoon of comforter or fabric softener,
  • 1/4th cup of white vinegar,
  • 3/4th cup of hydrogen peroxide, 
  • A few drops of essential oil,
  • Warm water.

Before cleaning, mix these ingredients well and then pour them into the shampooing machine. Do the shampooing as you do normally and see how excellent the outcome is! 

These ingredients not only clean the carpet deeply but also improve and soften the texture, flex the fibre, and give off a refreshing smell. This mixture is the best treat to your carpet, trust me!

Tip 15: Give Shoe Caps To Guests:

It may sound rude or weird to you, but to keep your carpet clean and soft, you should give shoe caps to your guests at a house party when everyone is stepping in with their shoes on. 

When a number of people gather at your house and step in with their shoes, it takes a few minutes to make the carpet dirty with all the shoe dirt. Also, the pressure of the shoes can distort the texture too. As a result, your after-party task would be cleaning the carpet thoroughly. Sounds horrible, right? 

To avoid such consequences, you must provide shoe caps to your guests. Wearing a shoe cap is not at all uncomfortable and you can have the same fun and vibe just without making the carpet dirty. And in this case, you can chill on your sofa after the party ends instead of cleaning the carpet. Sounds great, isn’t it? 

Besides all these tips, my last advice is to deep clean the carpet at least twice a year. If you can, deep clean the carpet twice in 6 months. It would keep the carpet fibres soft, feathery, clean, and fresh-smelling. It would increase the life of the carpet too. 

Related Questions:

How Often Should A Carpet Be Cleaned? 

You should not only clean the carpet when you see some stain or dirt on it. To maintain the soft texture, velvety look, and increase the life of the carpet, you must clean the carpet from time to time. 

Ideally, you should clean the carpet at least once a year. If the carpet endures heavy traffic and usage, consider cleaning twice a year or twice in 6 months to keep it clean and fresh. Consider deep cleaning every inch of the carpet at least once a year. 

Can You Clean Your Carpet With Just Water? 

Cleaning the carpet with plain water won’t show any result. In fact, plain water would make the carpet damp, wet, and smelly if you don’t use a cleaning agent. 

As dirt, stains, and debris go deep inside the carpet, special cleaning formulas are required to take out the settled dirt. Plain water can never do the task as it has no special formula for cleaning. So, never use plain water for shampooing or cleaning. 

How Do You Know If Your Carpet Is Clean?

After deep cleaning or carpet shampooing, you can see a significant difference in the carpet. To know if your carpet is clean or not, check the texture of the carpet after it dries out. If it feels soft, fluffy and the fibres are not glued to each other, the carpet is clean. 

You can also notice that the damp and unpleasant smell has gone. Besides, all the stains and dark areas should vanish if the carpet has been cleaned properly.

How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost? 

It happens often that you don’t have enough time to clean the carpet. In that case, you may hire a professional. And you have to pay for it. 

Professional carpet cleaning costs between $30- $100 per room depending on the size of the room and the carpet texture. Depending on the carpet texture and quality, professionals decide which formula to use which in turn decides the cost. But typically, professionals charge around $0.25 for cleaning per square foot. 

Conclusion

I have provided you with the best carpet cleaning tips ever that can solve every carpet cleaning issue. Be it stain or stuck chewing gum, you have all the solutions now. 

So, are you ready to apply these tips and tricks to keep your carpet flawless, soft, clean, fragrant, and stunning? Try them out today and see the results!

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