Nothing is more comforting than a nice, fresh carpet. However, far too often, a clean carpet doesn’t seem to stay that way very long. Children, pets, and even just foot traffic can leave your carpet a little worn. Odors, stains, and furniture dents on your carpet can leave you thinking perhaps you need some expensive cleaning products or even a new carpet.
Save your money, and use these DIY hints to keep your carpet looking as good as new. With nothing more than some basic household supplies, you can keep your carpet fresh and clean!
1. Mix up a DIY carpet freshening powder
All it takes is a cup of baking soda and 25 drops of your favorite essential oil to create a carpet powder for freshening any room. Mix the ingredients together in a mason jar, and sprinkle it over the carpet as needed. Allow it to rest for a bit, and then simply vacuum as usual. All that is left behind is a clean scent (carpetcleaningboise.com).
2. Craft a powerful carpet cleaning powder
This powdered carpet cleaner goes beyond freshening up the room to pulling out grime and oils from your carpet. All you need to do is mix 2 cups of corn meal with 1 cup of borax. A few drops of essential oil can be added if you want, but it isn’t necessary. Sprinkle the mixture over the carpet, and allow it to work for at least an hour. Vacuum as normal to reveal a cleaner carpet (healthycleancarpet.com).
3. Use a dry carpet stain remover
Some carpet spills and stains don’t require an entire carpet cleaning, but they need quick attention. This dry method of stain removal is perfect for quick carpet cleaning without a trip to purchase a commercial stain remover. Simply sprinkle the stain with baking soda, and allow it to rest for an hour. Mix 1 1/2 teaspoon clear dish soap, 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Gently dab the cleaning solution over the stained area with a cleaning cloth until the stain has lifted. Dry the area by blotting with a dry cloth (allamericanboise.com).
4. Remove furniture dents from carpet
Rearranging furniture can transform a room, but you are often left with frustrating carpet dents in obvious places. You don’t have to just wait for the carpet to pop back up on its own with this easy carpet hack. Place ice cubes in the dented area. Allow the ice to melt. Any remaining moisture can be blotted up the next day. If needed, gently fluff the carpet fibers with the edge of a spoon (cascadecleaningservices.net).
5. Fluff high traffic areas
Entrance ways, hallways, and stairs can all start to look a bit flat from constant traffic. To fluff worn carpet, all you need is a spray bottle filled with equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray it over the carpet, and wait until the carpet is dry. Vacuum and then fluff any remaining matted areas with the edge of a spoon (bluescarpetcleaning.com).
6. Make a homemade carpet cleaning solution
While most commercial carpet cleaning solutions are very effective, many leave behind chemicals that you just don’t want in your home. You can create a safe carpet cleaning solution for your carpet cleaner with items that you already have. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda to your carpet cleaning canister. Pour in 1/3 cup vinegar, and fill the rest of the container with hot water. Then add in 1 tablespoon laundry detergent. Use your carpet cleaner to clean the carpet as directed by the manufacturer (santamariacarpetcare.com).
7. Eliminate Pet Hair with a Squeegee
Pet hair is notoriously difficult to remove with just a vacuum cleaner. Lint rollers might also not be quite useful as we’re talking about cleaning the whole surface area and with some pets, shedding might be overwhelming. If your carpet has very short hairs, then you’re all set with the trusty squeegee.
The squeegee might be intended for windows, but its design is made to dislodge gunk, frost and other substances that form thin layers and stick to a surface – exactly like pet hair on a short-hair carpet. Water the squeegee and just use it as if you would on a window (acarpetdoctor.com).
8. Remove Stains with an Iron
Stain removal has tested the willpower and intelligence of homeowners since carpets became the thing you own to tie a room together and you’ll encounter several schools of thought on the matter. The one we present right now is a three-step process.
First, you vacuum the stained area to get rid of hard particles and leave you focusing only on the stains at hand. This is crucial prep work.
Second, treat the spots with a mixture of water and vinegar with a ratio of 3:1. You need to let this mixture to work its way into the stained textile. Five minutes should be enough.
Three, place a towel on top of the stained area and apply a heated iron. The pressure and the heat cause for the stain to be transferred into the towel much like a reverse temporary water tattoo (jeffscarpetrepair.com).
9. Rubbing Alcohol Does Remove Nail Polish
You might not want to risk to apply rubbing alcohol on carpets, because it might damage the dye and lead to bleaching, especially when the offending stain is nail polish. However, trust me when I say that nail polish remover and other types of clear rubbing alcohol are not nearly strong enough to bleach a carpet. So, wait until the nail polish has dried. Chip off as much of the dried nail polish as you can with a blunt tool, preferably a butter knife, and then gently dab with a cloth or a paper towel until the nail polish dissolves and is absorbed into the material (allamericanboise.com).
10. Shaving Cream Solves Normal Dirt Stains
Lighter carpets in beige, yellow, white and soft pastel colours get these dirt patches that come from high traffic, dust accumulation or just careless accidents. Having kids around also gives such carpets highly visible skid marks and dirt can be a bother sometimes, but not when you get shaving cream involved. Any kind works, so you can budget well around this. The stain can be old and the main benefit from rubbing shaving cream in the stain and letting it sit is that afterwards, the carpet feels soft to the touch and there’s more fluff to it as well. You might as well call it an anti-aging cream for carpets (healthycleancarpet.com).
11. Fluff Your Carpet with the Power of Vinegar
Vinegar has its many uses similar to baking soda when it comes to carpet care and one of the most interesting uses is to fluff up high-traffic areas where the carpet just looks worn out and the fibers have been flattened. You dilute vinegar in equal amounts of water and then spray it on the affected area. Once the material has absorbed the mixture, take a regular spoon and run it sideways along the carpeting to loosen the fibers and restore their original texture (bluescarpetcleaning.com).
12. Strong Deodorizer Recipe
Have children? Have pets? Want to have your carpets to smell fresh, but you also want to use products that will not harm your loved ones? Right, the recipe is simple. Start with one to two tablespoons of Borax in a large container. Follow the Borax with 10 drops of essential oil, but before settling on one you best research how strong the smell is and what scents might irritate your pets since they have a lot more sensitive sense of smell. Last, follow this with two cups of baking soda.
In essence, it’s a similar mixture to the previous hack, but a bit more potent. The baking soda absorbs bad smells, the oil freshens the carpet fiber, but here you also have Borax, which kills germs, microbes and is safe in these quantities (carpetcleaningboise.com).
Finally, I think we have given you all the tips that we could think of at the moment. Carpets come in so many colors, shapes, sizes and materials that not every tip here is going to be applicable, so be sure to read careful what your carpets needs are going to be before you buy them and act accordingly. If you happen to know another trick that helps deal with a certain type of stain, please feel free to leave us a comment.