DIY Carpet Cleaning

April 26, 2022

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

Your carpets are a treasure. They’re beautiful, comfortable, and add style to your home. Unfortunately, they’re also magnets for dirt, pet hair, dust, and other messes. Vacuuming helps cut down on the amount of grime that gets embedded in the carpet fibers, but it’s not enough to clean them deeply.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) carpet cleaning can save you money and give your carpets a new lease on life. Getting rid of carpet stains, including those old stains that have set in over time, is possible with the right tools and did-it-yourself technique.

We know how hard it can be to keep your carpets clean and refreshed. But, with a few tips and tricks, you may not have to rent a bulky machine (or call someone else in). 

Keep reading to discover the most favorite DIY methods for cleaning carpets without a machine.

Vacuuming regularly

85 percent of soil tracked into a structure comes from dry soil. Vacuuming is the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep your carpet clean and free of dry debris and filth. According to The Carpet & Rug Institute, vacuuming on a regular basis can remove 90 to 95 percent of dry dirt. 

To capture dirt at the surface before it settles deeper into the fibers, vacuuming should be done on a regular basis. Dirt that has become embedded in the fibers is more difficult to remove and necessitates the use of additional cleaning products. Vacuuming on a regular basis can also help to enhance the air quality in your home or office.

Lint rollers, your best friend

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, a regular upright model is equipped with plenty of features that help you make your carpet sparkle. However, some vacuums cannot reach all carpet surfaces, especially when talking about fabrics. For example, when your carpet/fabric is full of hair from your cats and dogs, lint rollers will become your best friend.

Think of lint rollers as rolling a sticky lollipop. It’s fun, relaxing, and effective at getting rid of the “gunk.” You simply roll the sticky part over the carpet and collect the fuzzies, just like on a shirt or pair of pants.

Squeegee Your Carpet

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 hair, then you’re all set with the trusty squeegee.

Although the squeegee is designed for windows, it is also designed to dislodge muck, frost, and other items that create thin layers and attach to a surface, much like pet hair on a short-hair carpet. Simply wet the squeegee and use it like you would on a window.

Using an Iron to Remove Stains

To begin, vacuum the stained area to remove any hard particles and allow you to concentrate just on the stains at hand. This is a vital step in the process.

Second, apply a 3:1 solution of water and vinegar to the affected areas. Allow this combination to soak for a few minutes. It should just take five minutes.

Three, drape a towel over the soiled spot and use a heated iron to remove it. The stain is transmitted into the towel as a result of the pressure and heat, similar to a reverse temporary water tattoo.

Let’s make your own cleaning products at home

There are plenty of chemicals you can use to deep clean your carpets. But those might have a negative impact on your health and the environment. We’ve got an organic, natural method for you instead.

The ingredients are as follows: a ¾ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide, a ¼ cup of white vinegar, 5 drops of essential oils, 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, and one gallon of hot but not boiling water.

An easy way to save money: do-it-yourself carpet cleaning using an efficient and effective formula. This is a much cleaner alternative compared to store-bought ones and you get the same results easily. Lock and load in your shampooing machine and you’re ready for a thorough deep clean. If you love non-toxic products, but

Baking Soda Helps Remove Oil Stains

What’s the best way to clean an oil stain out of your carpet? 

Answer: Baking soda! 

Simply pour enough baking soda over the stain to cover it completely and let it sit overnight. The baking soda will soak up the oil while drawing out the odor. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda, and voilà!

If you find gum in your carpets, don’t freak out! 

An ice cube from the freezer, a Ziploc bag, and a scraping tool is all you need to get gum out of your carpet. 

Just fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes and place it over the gum stain for about two minutes. The gum will harden, making it easier to scrape off. Then, use a sponge to apply your favorite carpet cleaning solution to the affected area. Follow this simple method and the gum should come out easily.

The Secret Ingredient To freshen carpets and remove odors

Hosting guests? Try this DIY idea. 

Mix the essential oils of your choice (for something fresh try citrus) with a box of baking soda and add anywhere between 10 to 20 drops depending on how noticeable you want the scent to be.

Sprinkle your carpet with this mixture the way you would dust a cake with sugar and then vacuum after 10-15 minutes.

Man cleaning carpet with spray bottle.

Check the cleaning and maintenance instructions of the carpet producers

Before you start your carpet cleaning project, it is important to read the maintenance and cleaning instructions from the carpet producer. 

No matter how good your intentions are for cleaning the carpet environmentally friendly, if you harm the carpet doing it, the final result will be bad.

Some carpets must be dry-cleaned while others can be steam cleaned.

Hopefully, some of these DIY carpet cleaning tips work for you.

If you happen to know another trick that helps deal with a certain type of stubborn stain, please feel free to leave us a comment.

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