Stains look ugly on carpets, especially if you have a lighter coloured rugs. Spot cleaning or treating the stained area could save you a lot of trouble. The process for spot cleaning carpets and upholstery is the same.
Here’s our favourite techniques for getting stains out of carpets quickly:
- Remove stain matter with a spoon or a straight edge card like a credit card, for example.
- Blot the stained area with white paper towels or napkin. White bread could also serve the same purpose if there is no other material on hand. Never use coloured paper towels.
- If possible, spot clean on the wrong side of the carpet. Place the area on the paper towel, face down so the stain won’t move deeper into the rug.
- Take a cotton swab or damp cloth and dip it into your cleaning product. Water works fine if there is no other alternative. Use as little cleaning product as necessary.
- Pat the stain from the wrong side into the paper tower, move from the edge of the stain to the centre.
- Replace paper towels as necessary.
- Repeat the process until you get rid of all the stains.
- Allow the damp area to air dry. Use the cool breeze setting on a fan if you are in a rush. Don’t use heat to dry, as it could make them harder to remove.
DIY Steam Cleaning: Deeper Clean
If you want to give your carpet a deeper clean and do it yourself, steam cleaning is the best choice.
Before you start steam cleaning, vacuum the carpet and treat stains. Follow the guidelines above. Once you’re done, it’s time to prepare the room and follow these steps:
- Take out all the furniture. If it’s not possible, cut out aluminum foil or wax paper and slide it under the feet of your furniture.
- For the first round of cleaning, fill the steam cleaner’s tank with a tablespoon of Castile soap for every quarter cup of hot water.
- Pull the steam cleaner at a slow pace so it can extract as much water as possible.
- After the first cleanup round, mix equal parts of hot water and white vinegar.
- Rinse the carpet with plain water if you want, but it’s not necessary.
You can do steam cleaning at least once a year. Autumn and late spring are the best times to steam clean your carpets.
Shampooing Your Carpet
If there were major accidents on your carpet, a carpet shampoo machine could save you from stains and gross odours.
Go over the manufacturer’s instructions on how to operate the machine. Before you start shampooing your carpet, take out all pieces of furniture from the room. Follow these steps next:
- Vacuum the entire area.
- Treat visible stains. We will cover stain removal in the next section.
- Use your preferred carpet shampoo.
- Divide the room into sectional grids. You may want to go barefoot for this cleaning assignment but make sure your feet are clean.
- Go over the area at an unhurried pace.
- When you are done, place old towels in high traffic areas. This will soak up excess water from the carpet and prevent it from getting soiled while wet.
Common Carpet Stains and How to Remove Them
Carpet stains are not just unsightly, they are unhygienic, too. For this reason, treat stains right away and make them less visible. The longer the stain remains on the carpet, the harder it is to remove.
Here are the typical types of stains and ways to treat them.
If oil stains your carpet, take quick action to soak up as much oil as possible.
Use towels or brown bags. You can also use newspaper, but you should not allow them to sit on your carpet for a long time or the ink will stain it.
After that, follow these steps:
- Brush cornstarch on the affected area.
- Leave the cornstarch for an hour.
- Vacuum the carpet.
- If the stain covers a large area, sprinkle another coating of cornstarch.
- Allow the material to set for an hour.
- Vacuum the cornstarch.
- Apply grease-fighting liquid soap to the affected area with your fingers.
- For a deeper clean, scrub the area with an old toothbrush or a soft brush.
- Rinse the soap by pouring water on the area.
- Blot the liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Repeat the process until you remove all soap residues. You can also use a carpet cleaner to rinse the area.
- Press a couple of paper towels on the carpet to absorb moisture.
- Allow the area to air dry.
Rust stains look ugly, especially on light-coloured carpets. For this process, you need a spoon, a clean cloth, and white vinegar. Here’s how:
- Remove loose rust and dirt over the affected area with a spoon.
- Pour just enough vinegar to cover the stained area.
- Use the spoon to saturate the stained area with the vinegar.
- Leave it for 40 minutes to an hour.
- Use a cloth to blot out the rust.
- Allow the carpet to dry for about eight hours.
- Dip the cloth in warm water and soak up the vinegar in the carpet with the cloth.
- Use a dry cloth to remove excess liquid from the carpet.