Red Deer Carpet Cleaners: Simple home solutions for simple carpet stains
Muddy prints from pets, spilt coffee or wine and coloured marks on your carpet may be few and far between but they can be eyesores that can ruin your mood. Good thing that these types of stain don’t require special cleaning sprays or solvents. You can mix a few ingredients you can find in your kitchen to take out the stains.
Here are a few home cleaning solutions you can do for simple carpet stains:
- Know your carpet type.
You need to first determine whether your carpet is made of synthetic or natural fibres. There is a specific combination of ingredients for the type of stain on the following types of carpet:
- Nylon – the most durable synthetic carpet fibre and is very soft, resistant to stains and abrasions.
- Polypropylene (Olefin) – this carpet fibre is highly stain-resistant but is prone to soiling and holding onto oils that collect dirt; almost as soft as nylon but more similar to polyester and acrylic
- Polyester – this fibre is more hypoallergenic and prone to oil stains; some types are made from recycled plastic bottles.
- Acrylic – not a very durable material but has good resistance to static electricity, mildew, moisture, fading, staining and can sometimes turn brown if stained with certain alkaline chemicals.
- Cleaning solutions for synthetic carpets
Do not pour solutions directly on the carpet. Use a white cloth to dip into the solution and apply to the stain.
- Detergent solution: Mix ¼ teaspoon of a clear liquid dishwashing detergent with one cup of lukewarm water.
- Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
- Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent or nail polish remover.
- Cleaning solutions for natural fibre carpets
Keep natural fibre carpet solutions in spray bottles and mist them lightly onto the stain.
- Detergent solution: Mix one teaspoon of clear liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
- Vinegar solution: Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of water.
- Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with ½ cup of lukewarm water.
- Solvent solution: Same as for synthetic carpets.
- Cleaning types of stain
- Oils (grease, crayon, makeup) – scrape off the stain as much as you can, then put rubbing alcohol on the soiled area with a towel or cloth.
- Rust – put lemon juice on the rust stain, sprinkle with cream of tartar then let it sit for 30 minutes or until the rust is gone. Blot with a damp towel, scrubbing may spread the rust stain
- Juices (blood, berries, fruit juice) – pour a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes, then dab with a damp cloth.
- Mud – mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with warm water and put on the soiled area, then dab with a damp cloth.