There are so many easy ways to clean the stains off your carpets and rugs without calling the carpet cleaning services. Read about how to clean carpets yourself down below.
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Compared to the good ol’ ceramic tiles and hardwood floors, cleaning stains off carpets can be quite the task. Without proper care, those stains can turn into more than just an irritating sight. Those rug stains can turn into mold or be a hot hangout spot for all kinds of germs and bacteria.
If you’ve spilled a drink, food, makeup, or even blood on your rug, you can easily remove them with things that are already inside your home. From things like ice cubes to shaving cream, these simple household products work wonders on tough carpet stains and will make your rugs seem like new again.
Clean the Carpet Stains Straight Away
The second after you spill anything on your carpet or rug, clean it right away and don’t let the stain sit for too long. The longer you avoid cleaning the carpet stains, the tougher it’ll be to get rid of it. This way, it’s also easier for you to absorb excess liquids or grease before the carpet can soak it all up.
Use Different Items for Different Carpet Stains
Just like stains on clothes, carpet stains should also be treated using different solutions. Stains caused by greasy foods and oils might not be able to be cleaned using the same products used to eliminate gum stains or blood stains. Below are just some of the household products that can effectively remove all of your carpet stains.
- Club soda and vinegar–Best for beer or wine stains. Pour the soda or vinegar on a clean cloth and blot away. You can also use a bottle with ahandheld sprayer.
- Shaving cream- Spray shaving cream on any kind of carpet stains and let it set for 30 minutes before blotting it away with a clean cloth.
- Ice cubes- If you accidentally dropped your gum, do the opposite and don't pick it up straight away. Take a couple of ice cubes and freeze the gum for 30 seconds before scraping it off.
- Dish detergent- Since dishwashing soap is made to remove grease from pots and pans, you can do the same products for any oil stains on your carpet. Mix two drops of soap in a cup of water and blot the solution on the stain.
- Hydrogen peroxide- If you cut your finger, blood drips on your carpet shouldn't be a problem. Let the blood dry and eliminate the crust with a mild detergent. Then, apply the hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain.
How to Disinfect Carpet
Still worried about the germs and bacteria on your rug? You can take the extra step of disinfecting your carpet after removing the carpet stains with the solutions above. Take a steam cleaner and a vinegar/water solution to thoroughly disinfect your carpet.