Keeping your home carpet clean can be a challenge for anyone.
With all the traffic it sees, it’s no wonder that people are often looking for cheap and effective stain remover products to clean it properly.
There are dozens of products on the market that promise to clean and deodorize your carpet for a price.
But there are many common household items you can use to achieve the same level of cleanliness as expensive commercial products.
Though carpets themselves have been around for hundreds of years it wasn’t until after the 1920s that most homes began to have them as a rule and wall to wall carpeting came about even later.
It was during this time that people – housewives, mainly – were left to determine how to clean their carpets and remove stains since professional house carpet cleaning was, at the time, prohibitively expensive for the average family.
The methods and cleaning solutions they devised have stood the test of time and are still as effective on today’s carpets as they were then.
Powdered laundry detergent can be used for more than just getting your clothes clean.
Dilute it with some water and pour it into a spray bottle.
This solution can be sprayed directly onto most stains and left to sit for a moment and then blotted until the stain is removed.
Don’t scrub at the stain when using this or any other method as the scrubbing can actually force the stain deeper into the carpet fibers making the stain more stubborn and harder to remove.
When you are dealing with stains from beverages such as coffee, tea and even red wine, club soda comes to the rescue. Pour it directly onto the stain and watch as the soda bubbles and lifts the stains.
Blot with a clean towel and repeat if necessary. If the stain is from urine mix vinegar and water and spray directly onto the area. Again, blot and repeat as needed. The vinegar works not only to remove the stain but also to remove the odor.
Stains from items such as water based paints or pens can be removed by using isopropyl alcohol, more commonly referred to as rubbing alcohol.
The procedure is the same – spray and blot – and if you have some oil essences in your home you can add a small amount to the mix in order to leave your carpet with a fresh scent.
Baking soda has built up a reputation for being a common household item with hundreds of uses and this remains true when it comes to your carpet.
If your entire carpet could use a boost and you want to remove lingering smells hat build up over time, grab the baking soda. Sprinkle it over your carpet and allow it to sit for a few minutes before vacuuming thoroughly.
While baking soda is effective it I also safe enough to use regularly and there’s no harm in adding it to your weekly cleaning routine on the carpets throughout your home.