Don’t rush to buy expensive cleansers: you might already have all the necessary carpet cleaning tools at your home!
Here is the list of 17 unorthodox components that can be used to erase all kinds of stains from your carpet.
It turns out beer can be used to get rid of coffee or tea stains. Just pour a little bit on top of the stain, and rub it lightly into the material. It might take several attempts for this method to work, but eventually, the stains will be gone without a trace.
You can use diluted ammonia to remove all sorts of stains from upholstery and carpeting. The proportion here is one cup of pure ammonia per two liters of warm water.
This one is the best ingredients for carpet-cleaning! It can be used with different formulas to get rid of the most common stains.
– To remove small light stains, add two tablespoons of salt to ½ cup of vinegar. Then rub the stain with the resultant substance, let it dry and then vacuum.
– When dealing with darker or larger stains, use the mixture in the same way, but also add two tablespoons of borax to it.
– For really tough things like dirt, mix one tablespoon of vinegar with one tablespoon of cornstarch, then rub it into the stain with a piece of dry cloth. Leave the carpet for two days, and then vacuum it.
– If you accidentally spill paint on your carpet, rubbing the mixture of ½ tablespoon laundry detergent, ½ tablespoon of vinegar and two cups of water will help. Then you need to wash off the paint with cold water.
– For fruit stains, the same formula applies, but you will need a full tablespoon of laundry detergent.
– If you want to get rid of coffee or tea stains, apply equal parts of white vinegar and water, and then blot the stain.
4. Shaving cream
This may sound funny, but it actually works. Wet the stain, then work some shaving cream into it, and use wet sponge or cloth to wipe it clean. This works especially well on grease and oil stains.
While salt isn’t a great cleaning component on its own, adding it to other homemade carpet cleaners might increase their effectiveness.
– If you accidentally spill red wine on the carpet, pour some white wine over it while it’s still wet to dilute the color. Then clean the stain with cold water and a sponge, and sprinkle it with salt. After about ten minutes vacuum the carpet, and the stain will be gone.
– To deal with food stains, try using a mix of salt with rubbing alcohol (1 : 4). Rub the solution hard into the carpet, and be careful to rub in the direction of the carpet’s natural nap.
– Ketchup stains are one of the hardest to remove, but salt can help you with those. If you happen to spill ketchup on your carpet, swiftly sprinkle some salt on the stain. You need to hurry: if the ketchup dries, it will be almost impossible to get rid of it.
Then sponge up any residue, vacuum the carpet, and repeat the process until the stain is finally gone.
Cornstarch might be a life-savior in a case of ink stains. You will need some cornstarch and also some milk. Mix those together to make a paste, and then apply it to the stain. Wait for a few hours until it gets dry, then wipe away the residue and vacuum the stain.
You can also use cornstarch on its own to deal with grease and oil. Sprinkle the cornstarch on dirty spots, wait for a couple of hours, and then vacuum it up.
Wet the stained area wet, then rub some borax into it. Then mix equal parts of vinegar and soapy water, apply the solution to the spot, and let it dry. You may need to repeat the process several times. It might also be a good idea to first test this homemade cleaner on some inconspicuous corner of the carpet to see if it’s fine, just in case.
Yes, besides all the other functions it has, WD-40 can be used as a carpet cleaner. Spray it over the stain, wait for a couple of minutes, and then gently cleanse it with warm soapy water.
9. Baking soda
Out of all the cleaners present on this list, baking soda is the best choice for dealing with urine and vomit stains. In this case, there is no need to mix different ingredients – after cleaning the initial mess a little bit, just pour soda over the stained spots and pat with a paper towel. It will clean, sanitize and deodorize the stain.
10. Hydrogen Peroxide
You can’t tell where that stain came from, but you need to remove it? There is a home-made carpet cleanser for a situation like this. Mix a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a dab of non-gel toothpaste, and rub it into the stain with a piece of cloth. Repeat this until all traces of the stain are gone.
11. Meat tenderizer
If you somehow got a blood stain on your carpet, cover it with a mixture made of equal parts of cold water and meat tenderizer. Leave it there for half an hour, and then sponge it off with more cold water.
12. Club soda
Club soda is best used on tougher stains such as urine. You need to blot up any excess urine first, and then soak a carpet with club soda. Blot the stain again, and finally scrub it with diluted carpet shampoo.
You can also remove coffee and tea strains with club soda: just pour it over the stain and then blot until dry.
13. Baby wipes
You can use baby wipes to blot up stains, as they are designed to be good at absorbing liquids. And their use isn’t limited to just carpets: you can remove different spills and drips on furniture and clothing with baby wipes as well.
Soft-bristled nylon toothbrush can be an invaluable tool for removing stains that soaked deep down into soft fiber.
Use a toothbrush to apply whatever cleaning agent you are using to otherwise hard-to-reach locations.
15. Ice Cubes
Chewing gum stuck to the fiber of your carpet can be a nightmare to remove. However, if you use an ice cube to freeze it first, the task will be far easier.
16. Dry-cleaning fluid
Applying a dry-cleaning fluid is a good idea to get rid of butter, lipstick, grease, and oily fingerprints. Blot any excess oil, then apply fluid to the stain, starting at the edges and moving towards the center.
17. Paint remover
Besides the obvious use to get rid of paint stains, paint remover can be used to deal with nail polish and ink.
Why would you ever want to use any carpet-cleaning services when there are so many ways to keep your house clean with these simple ingredients?