DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips From The Experts

Top view arrangement with vacuum cleaner carpet

It’s the time to spruce up the house and get the cleaning done. Spring cleaning brings a lot of scrubbers, brooms, sponges and scouring pads. While you get busy making your dull-looking home into a glistening one, there are a lot of challenges that you will face. 

 Winters end up making the entire home dull especially the carpets. With everyone staying in more, bringing in snow, sand, and slush, it ends up making the carpets filled with stains and spots, the lack of sunlight also tends to dampen the colour fibres of your carpets. 

 By the beginning of spring, carpets turn black.

It may seem impossible to get them clean but with some easy DIY tips for from a professional carpet cleaning in Sydney; CarpetKings you can easily end up with a new looking carpet.

What’s better all of these tricks are non-toxic that do not cause damage to your carpet.

Tip #1: Use an iron to remove stains

Man strokes linen with black electric iron

An iron can be very effectively used to remove stains from carpets. 

Firstly you need to clean the carpets of all the surface dirt and grime. Vacuum it so that any dirt particles are removed.

  After this step is completed, you need to dampen the spots and stains on the carpet.

For this, you can make a solution of water and vinegar. Make sure to use a 1 to 3 ratio. Pour this solution on a towel and dampen the area which needs to be cleaned.

Once the towel is placed on the stain, use an iron to heat it. Now move the iron all over the stained area.

As the stain gets heated, it should start coming off into the towel. Once the stain is removed to the maximum extent you can stop ironing.

Tip #2: Carpet freshener and baking soda

Adult washing carpet with baking soda

Carpets can start smelling after winters due to the moisture. You can make a home-made freshener to deodorize the room and make carpets smell fresh.

 A good carpet freshener is easy to make at home. All you need is an essential oil and baking soda.

Mix about 16-ounce of baking soda with 10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice.

The quantity of essential oil can depend on how strong you want the smell to be.

Mix them well so that the oil gets absorbed completely. Store this mixture in a glass container. Now before vacuuming all you need to do is pour this mix on the carpet whenever you want the room to smell fresh and wait for a few minutes.

Tip #3: Home-made carpet cleaner for deep cleaning

Woman cleaning carpet with vacuum cleaner

Vacuuming is not enough for cleaner carpets. Deep cleaning is very important as well. It is not affordable to get deep carpet cleaning done every month.

So you need a solution that is affordable and easy. We do not need a costly chemical-based cleaner for the carpets with a ton of other chemicals and equipment.

You can deep clean your carpet using a home-based solution. All you need are simple ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen cupboard or pantry.

To make the solution, mix 1/4th cup of vinegar with 3/4th cup of Hydrogen Peroxide. Add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap, 5-10 drops of any essential oil, 2 tablespoons of the fabric softener.

Mix these well and add one gallon of warm water to it. Pour this solution into your cleaning machine or use it as a solution to wash your carpets by. You can use this method for deep cleaning at home.

This solution will save you lots of money and will benefit the environment.

Tip #4: Shag carpets needs efforts

Cleaning wet carpet with metal brush cleaning

Shag carpets are trendy and cleaning them thoroughly is tough as well as tricky.

Directly vacuuming a shaggy carpet can cause damage to the carpet. As vacuums have a lot of suction, it causes the shags to get frizzy and lose its design.

It might also get easily caught in the machine. So if you face the problem of your shaggy carpet shedding often, you need to use this simple trick. Change the vacuum attachment to the hose and start cleaning the carpet. It will take more time and efforts but you will clean the carpet without harming it.

It will let you do a deep cleaning of the carpet by removing dirt from the fibres without damaging them.

The look and strength of the carpet will remain intact.

Tip #5: Fluffing the carpet

Close up brushing carpet stain

Carpets can start to be adversely affected by increased foot traffic in your home. 

 A few areas of the carpet might get harder due to the stains from food accidents on the carpet.

You can easily fluff these areas by using a simple solution made with water and vinegar in equal parts. This solution will start working in minutes by blotting up the stain from the carpet.

As soon as you see the dirt blotting, use a spoon on its side to fluff up the carpet. The fibres will get straighten again and you will see a brand new carpet again.

Another reason for carpet fluffing is the pressure exerted by the furniture. Since furniture sits at the same place for a longer time, it can cause dented spots in the carpet.

Use an ice-cube and let it melt in the dent. As soon as the ice water dissolves completely in the carpet, use a soft towel to soak the excess moisture. Do not press the towel hardly as it may cause the carpet to dent again. Let the towel remain on the area and with an iron heat the area.

Run it back and forth until the fibres are dry. Once the carpet air dries completely use your hands fluff up the dented spot.

Different carpets need to be cleaned differently. While a low loop carpet is good to handle high traffic, it needs a lot of patience while cleaning. This is because it does not give up stains easily. Make use of a lot of elbow grease when trying to DIY clean your carpets. 

With patience and the right technique, you can have your carpets looking fresh and brand-new. These tips are cost-saving and work effectively as well.

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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