It is always a mystery how stains end up on your carpet no matter how regularly you vacuum it. Despite your best efforts, your carpet will eventually be a victim of food crumbs, drink spills and other unpleasant stains. Imagine the cost if you had to send your carpet for cleaning each time a stain appears. Your carpet would also be doing a better job decorating your cleaner’s office than your own home.
Here are some useful DIY tricks that you can use to treat stains on your carpet!
Do note that not all carpets are made from the same material. Therefore, you should test these DIY solutions on a small spot on your carpet first before tackling the whole rug.
For acid stains like drain cleaning solution or vinegar, you should dilute them immediately with baking soda and water or club soda. After that, simply apply a solution of ammonia and water in the ratio 1:10. Rinse the spot with cold water and let it dry before vacuuming it gently.
If you happen to spill any alcohol on your carpet, quickly dilute it with cold water. Proceed to absorb the excess liquid with a tablecloth. Then mix a solution of 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the stain and let it dry before vacuuming gently.
If you are prone to accidents like papercuts, blood stains may end up on your carpet. Try to absorb as much of the blood as possible with a cloth immediately. Then, mix a solution of 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the blood stain and let it dry before applying a layer of dry cleaning fluid. Vacuum gently once the carpet is dry.
Butter is slippery by nature and thus, has a high chance of landing on your carpet. Try to scoop as much of the spilled butter as possible before applying dry cleaning solution and letting it dry. Vacuum the spot gently once it is dry.
Candle wax stains:
Melted candle wax is another common stain found on carpets. This stain is easier to treat as the wax will harden once it reaches room temperature. Simply scrape the hardened bits off from the carpet’s surface.
Chewing gum stains:
Even though chewing gum might be banned in Singapore, it still appears in our household every once in a while, especially after an overseas trip. Chewing gum can be tougher to remove from your carpet due to its sticky nature. What you can do is to harden it first by pressing an ice cube or dabbing cold water over it. Once hardened, peel it off your carpet gently and slowly.
Who doesn’t like to indulge in chocolates in our living rooms every once in a while? However, due to our humid weather in Singapore, chocolate tends to melt much faster. To treat chocolate stains, you should mix a solution of 1 teaspoon each of mild detergent, white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the chocolate stain and rinse well. Vacuum the spot gently once the solution dries up.
Living in such a fast paced society makes coffee a necessity in every household. Try to absorb up any spilled coffee with a cloth as soon as possible. Then, mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the coffee stain and let it dry. Once it is dried, apply a layer of dry cleaning solution. Vacuum the area gently once the carpet is dry.
Having kids would inevitably translate to crayon doodles appearing on every corner of the house, including the carpet. When this occurs, place a blotter over the drawing and press it with a warm iron until it absorbs the colour of the crayon. Try to spread the blotter evenly over the area of the stain. This ensures that the heat from the iron does not accumulate and burn the carpet. Once it is absorbed, apply a layer of dry cleaning liquid and let it dry before vacuuming gently.
Fruit stains can be tougher to remove if not dealt with immediately. Therefore, you should absorb any excess juice with a cloth or tissue as soon as possible. Then, mix a solution of 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Dab this solution on the stain and let it dry before vacuuming gently. As fruit stains are more stubborn than other stains, repeat this process if the stain persists.
Gravy is one of the tastiest add-ons for many food items. Try to clean as much of the spilled gravy as possible with a cloth. Then, mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Apply this solution to the spot before covering it with a layer of dry cleaning solution. Vacuum the spot gently once it is dry.
If you have furry pets living with you like dogs or cats, mud might be a common stain on your carpet. Let the mud dry out completely before brushing it off with a soft broom. Then, mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Apply this solution to the spot and let it dry before applying a layer of dry cleaning solution. Once the carpet is dry, vacuum it gently.
Soft drink stains:
Although spills from soft drinks end up on carpets very often, the carbonations actually helps to speed up the cleaning process. However, try not to let soft drink stains sit around for too long as the carbonation would have dissipated by then. Apply a solution of 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Let it dry before vacuum gently.
Urine stains do not just leave a stain, but they smell too. Therefore, they are any carpet owner’s worst nightmare. When disaster strikes however, remain calm and absorb the moisture of the urine immediately. Then mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent, white vinegar and a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the stain. Apply a solution of carpet cleaning freshener on the stain to get rid of the odour. Once the spot is dry, vacuum it gently.
Stains from vomit should be treated quickly. Try to absorb as much of the vomit as possible with a cloth and then dilute it immediately with a mixture of baking soda and water. Then, apply a solution of ammonia and water in a ratio of 1:10. This is because vomit contains stomach acid which should be treated with ammonia. Rinse the spot with cold water and let it dry before vacuuming it gently.
Red wine stains:
Red wine stains are most probably the most common stains found on carpets. The trick is to dilute the red wine stain with a solution of white wine before rinsing it with cold water. Next, cover the area with some table salt and wait for 10 minutes. Once everything is dry, vacuum up the salt gently.
If the stains refuse to come off from vacuuming, then it is time incorporate deep cleaning into your carpet cleaning routine. Deep cleaning is encouraged when your carpet:
- Is in a totally different shade from when you first bought it.
- Feels gluey and sticks to the floor easily.
- Exhales an air of dust when you step on it.
Here’s 6 easy steps on how you can deep clean your carpet at home.
DIY Carpet Deep Cleaning:
- Test for colourfastness. Wet a white towel with a carpet cleaning solution and rub it on a small area. This is to test whether the colour from the carpet will bleed onto the towel from the solution. If it does not, then the solution that you are currently using will be safe to be applied onto the entire carpet.
- Remove any furniture that are on the carpet or you think might obstruct the deep cleaning process. Wrap the legs and bases of your furniture with plastic film or foil so as to prevent any subsequent stains on your carpet.
- Vacuum your carpet thoroughly though gently. Then, try to treat any remaining stains found with the appropriate methods that we shared previously. Apply shampoo on the entire carpet.
- Apply only single strokes on the surface of the carpet using a carpet cleaning machine of your choice. Avoid applying too much pressure on your carpet with the machine.
- Apply the carpet cleaning solution on the legs of your furniture to ensure that they do not dirty the carpet once the deep cleaning process is over.
- Make sure your living room is well-ventilated after the carpet cleaning process to speed up drying. You can leave your carpet out on the balcony to dry as the heat from the sun will shorten the drying process. However, you must remember to bring it in if it starts to rain.
With the right carpet cleaning knowledge, you should be able to remove any stains from your carpet easily. However, maintaining the look of your carpet requires time and consistent effort in order to perform a thorough carpet cleaning job. If you are unwilling or unable to do so, perhaps it will be better to leave the cleaning to the professionals. You can find professional carpet cleaning services that are recommended by us here.
Let us know if this article was useful in assisting your carpet cleaning endeavors.
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