Carpets are one of the preferred flooring surfaces for many homeowners, and it’s easy to see why. They come in a variety of colors and are therefore highly customizable, and they can easily give an extra touch to any room. As a plus, they’re pretty easy to clean. However, if there’s one sure thing in life is this: ugly stains happen. But there’s no need to overspend on carpet cleaning!
First off, always remember to blot instead of scrubbing. It may feel a little counterintuitive, but rubbing will usually push the stain down the carpet, making it harder to remove further down the line. Just add your cleaning solution of choice and blot from the outside in as to avoid spreading the stain.
Below, you’ll find a few essential tips and, above all, some convenient and cheap cleaning products you probably already have lying around at home.
1. Baking Soda
Sprinkle baking soda generously across the stain until it is completely covered. Then, add a little bit of water, without drowning it, and let it settle. Then, scrub with an old toothbrush or small brush of any other kind, until you don’t see the stain anymore.
If there’s a fan in the room, turn it on; otherwise, crack open a window. Let your concoction air dry for a little while longer. Once you see the dry baking soda remains, vacuum the spot you just cleaned – and you’ll find your stain gone!
If the stain in question is also smelly (for example, if a new pet did its business there), trade the water for vinegar and go through the same process.
2. Dish Soap
Another household secret? Dish soap. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this liquid is probably the most potent anti-grease concoction you have in your home. Plus, it’s pretty cheap so that you can have an extra bottle dedicated specifically for difficult stains.
Add just a few drops of your favorite grease-cutting dish soap to a spray bottle and mix it up with warm water. Use the spray to soak up the stain and then quickly blot it with some paper towels.
Keep in mind that larger and older stains may require you to repeat this process a few times!
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Maybe a member of your family cut herself while chopping onions and then spilled some blood on the carpet. Or perhaps your child picked a scab on his bedroom and ended up staining the carpet. Blood is not just unpleasant to the eyes, but also one of the most challenging types of stain to remove. Here’s when hydrogen peroxide comes to the rescue.
Without diluting it, add hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. It will cause a reaction immediately, foaming, and fizzing. Once it has gone down a bit, blot it up with paper towels.
4. Club Soda
Red wine is another major offender when it comes to carpet stains, but club soda is the right choice to get rid of it. Just add a little bit of club soda to a clean cloth and blot the stain. If it’s a tough one, add a solution of half white vinegar and half water to a spray bottle and let it soak for about 15 minutes, then removing it with a clean sponge. Repeat as many times as necessary!