How to Clean Carpet (Home Remedies)

No matter how clean you keep your home, there is one thing that will still continue to build up and collect more dirt and grime over time. That thing is none other than your carpet. While it may look or appear to be clean, one swift move with a carpet cleaner would most likely prove otherwise. In fact, you may be shocked at just how dirty your carpet really is.

 

How to Clean Carpet Yourself
When it comes to cleaning your carpet, you have two choices – you can choose to do it yourself or you can opt to hire someone to do it for you instead. If you have the time available to invest, you can actually clean your own carpet using nothing more than a few household items. Whether you’re looking to eliminate a stain or clean the entire floor, it is much easier than you might think.

 

If you want to know how to clean carpet on your own, take a look below at a couple of options you can try that will clean, deodorizer and add more freshness to your carpet right now.

 

Baking Soda is Your Friend
Baking soda is one home remedy that works wonders for a variety of things, and cleaning carpet is definitely no exception! To give your carpet a quick clean and freshen it up a bit, just take a box of baking soda and sprinkle it over your carpet. Once that is done, simply let it sit for a few hours. All that is left to do is to vacuum it up. Not only will this help bring more freshness to your carpet, but it will also help eliminate any lingering odors that may be stuck deep within your carpet from previous spills or stains.

 

Use Vinegar for Stain Treatment
Do you have a few stains that you need to get rid of, but don’t feel like using any commercial cleaners?  Why not give some white vinegar a shot instead? Just like baking soda, vinegar is commonly used in a number of various home remedies and has incredible cleaning properties.

 

How can you clean your carpet using vinegar? Simple – just pour some into a spray bottle and mix with an equal part of warm water. Use this mixture to apply to any stain(s) you wish to eliminate. Let the solution soak on the stain for a few minutes and pat dry with a cloth. The vinegar will penetrate the carpet fibers to help break up the stain and allow it to “lift” itself from the carpet. Who knew vinegar could clean like this?

 

Hire a Pro for Tougher Stains
Cleaning your own carpet is great when you have a few spots you need to treat or have very little build-up to deal with. For tougher stains and carpet that needs a little more care and attention, you may be better off hiring a professional. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to give these home remedies a shot, and I think you may be surprised at just how well they work, too!

Coffee Stains on Carpet

There is nothing better than waking up to a fresh cup of coffee to start the day. The only thing that can ruin that great experience, however, is when an accident happens and you are left with a stain on your carpet from a coffee spill. While this may stress you out, you shouldn’t worry – coffee stains on carpet can be eliminated effectively. You just have to know what to do.

 

Are you facing a tough coffee stain on your carpet? If so, you are about to learn how to eliminate coffee stains on carpet and how you can get your carpet back to looking fresh and clean once again!

 

Simple Steps to Eliminate Coffee Stains on Carpet
In order to effectively get rid of coffee stains on carpet, you will need to follow a thorough process. Just take a look below for the step-by-step details:

  • Blot the Entire Area of the Stain – You want to soak up any remaining liquid that the stain has left behind. Take a clean cloth and blot the affected area to absorb all liquid from the stain.
  • Make the Cleaning Solution – Simply mix one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (clear) in one cup of lukewarm water. This will be the cleaning solution used to eliminate the coffee stain.
  • Sponge the Area with Solution – Using a soft sponge, soak up some of the cleaning solution. Take that sponge and apply it to the affected area. Use a clean washcloth and blot the area once again.
  • Use the Power of Vinegar – Take one-third of a cup of white vinegar and mix it together with one cup of lukewarm water. Soak your sponge in the vinegar solution and apply it to the affected area once again. After you have let the vinegar solution soak deep into the carpet, use another clean washcloth to blot the area dry.

 

Other Tips and Advice
Now that you are aware of the steps you need to take in order to eliminate coffee stains on carpet, why not give it a shot now and see how great it works? One thing to remember when you’re cleaning up a coffee stain using this method is to never scrub the affected area. This will only rub the stain deeper into the fibers of the carpet, making it even harder to eliminate it completely.

 

Of course, if you are unable to get out the toughest stains, you have the option of bringing in a professional to handle the job for you. Their commercial equipment will be able to lift those stains that you cannot, helping bring life back into your old carpet once again! Either way, coffee stains on carpet won’t be a problem for much longer now that you know how to handle them!

How to Get Paint Out of Carpet

If you have ever took on the challenge of painting the walls in your home on your own, you know exactly how much preparation and attention to detail is required to get the job done right. Of course, protecting the carpet on your floor should be one of your biggest concerns. While drop cloths can help prevent any accidental paint spills, there are those times when paint still seems to find a way onto your carpet.

 

Does this sound like something that has happened to you? Do you want to know how to get paint out of carpet so you can tackle your painting with confidence? Lucky for you, I’m about to share a couple secrets with you that will help you get paint of carpet with ease. Believe it or not, it is truly not as hard as you might think.

 

You Need to Move Quick
Before any paint can come out of your carpet, you should be well aware that the faster you move, the easier it will be to remove the paint. If you wait too long, the paint will end up becoming dry. By that time, it is going to be tougher to get the paint to come out without tearing up some of your carpet in the process.

 

Assemble the Troops
You are going to need a couple things to extract the paint out of your carpet effectively – a sponge, mild dish detergent and cold/lukewarm water. While simple household items, all work wonders when combined with each other, and you will quickly see how.

 

Step-by-Step Paint Removal
Take a look at the steps below that will show you how to get paint out of carpet fast and easy:

  • Use your sponge (dry) and blot out any excessive paint covering the carpet.
  • Rinse paint out of your sponge with cold water.
  • Repeat the first step again (although your sponge will be wet from rinsing, which is ok).
  • Continue the rinse/blot cycle until you are unable to get paint out of the carpet.
  • Mix soap with lukewarm water and soak your sponge in the soapy solution.
  • Blot the area with the sponge and detergent solution.
  • Let the area sit and dry. Once completely dry, go over with a vacuum to remove any excess paint.

This should work to get paint out of your carpet in most cases, as most paints used for walls inside of homes are latex based. If you’re dealing with paint in your carpet that is oil based, you may have to hire a professional to help extract the paint.

 

Now that you know how to get paint out of carpet, you will no longer have to stress if anything happens in the future. Just remember these steps and you will be good to go!

How to Remove Wine Stains from Carpet

Red Wine Stain Removal
Red wine is one of those things that many people seem to have a love/hate relationship with. Nothing is better than sitting down to a nice glass of fine red wine to unwind after a long day, but nothing could be as worse as spilling some of that wonderful red wine on your light carpet. That’s not a good way to cap off a night, is it?
Red Wine Stain Removal – How Tough is It?
We all know that red wine has held one of the top spots as one of the toughest stains to eliminate. Thankfully, there are many different ways you can approach the removal of a red wine stain. Removing the stain completely will all boil down to how fast you act after the spill occurs. The faster you act, the easier it will be to lift the stain up from your carpet.
Tackling the Stain with Home Remedies
Believe it or not, there are quite a few home remedies out there that work wonders for red wine stain removal. And, most of these remedies can be put together using nothing more than a few products around your household. It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

Take a look below at a couple quick remedies that will help eliminate any red wine stains

 

  • #1 – Ammonia and Water – Ammonia mixed with a little warm water is an excellent way to eliminate a red wine stain. In order for it to be effective, you first need to soak up all of the red wine on the carpet (using a washcloth or paper towel). From there, simply mix in a tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of warm water. Pour the solution directly over the stain and let it soak for up to 10 minutes. Using a clean washcloth, place it over the stain to soak up the remaining solution. Once you remove the washcloth, the stain should be eliminated!
  • #2 – Hydrogen Peroxide and Carpet Cleaner – Another great red wine stain removal home remedy is with hydrogen peroxide and a simple carpet cleaner (any carpet cleaner will do). To take advantage of this method, pour some hydrogen peroxide over the stain and let it soak for a few minutes. Place carpet cleaner into a spray bottle and apply to the stain liberally. Let it soak for a few more minutes, then pat dry with a clean washcloth, which will get rid of the stain completely.
  • Call in the Pros – If you have a red wine stain that is more difficult to remove (such as one that has been there for a long period of time), it may be best to call in a professional to help eliminate the stain for you. This way, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the stain can be eliminated, saving you a lot of time and trouble in the end.

How to Get Rid of Urine Smell

Pet Odor Removal

If you are the proud owner of a dog, cat or any other animal, you are more than likely aware of the accidents and mishaps that can take place in your home (i.e. your pet accidentally urinating on your carpet). Unfortunately, cleaning up after these accidents is a chore within itself. Believe it or not, just when you think you’ve eliminated the mess, you’re hit with a pet odor smell.

 

Remove the Odor to Prevent Future Mishaps

One thing that many folks do not realize is that complete pet odor removal is absolutely critical in order to prevent any future accidents from happening. Even though you may “think” you have cleaned up the mess and removed the stain, the odor may still linger. Your pet can easily smell their own scent, which will only keep them coming back to the same area to relieve themselves time and time again.

 

You Need to Neutralize the Odor
In order to keep your beloved family pet from continually having accidents one after the other, you need to neutralize the odor. By doing this, your pet will no longer be able to detect their scent, which will dramatically reduce the amount of accidents they have in your home (or completely eliminate them).

 

How do you neutralize pet odor? In order to do it effectively, you first need to clean the entire area of the carpet that your pet continues to soil on. The best way to do this is to use an extractor or a wet vac and use nothing but plain water. Once you are able to extract as much of the stain out as you can, you will need to pick up a strong pet odor neutralizer. You can find these at nearly any pet or major department store in your area.
In order for the neutralizer to work effectively, you need to remember the following:

 

  • Do not use any chemicals or other cleaners, as they can possibly enhance the smell (rather than cover it up).
  • Avoid steam cleaners, as the heat from the steam can actually make the stain and odor bond to your carpet fibers permanently.
  • Wash out any previous cleaners used in the carpet as much as possible.
  • Hire a Professional

 

If you don’t feel comfortable performing your own pet odor removal techniques, why not hire a professional to take care of the job for you instead? It will take the problem out of your hands and ensure that the job is done right. That way, you are essentially guaranteed to prevent any future accidents, making your home a happier and healthier place for you and your family pet! Trust me – if you have any doubts, it’s worth it to go this route.