Even though a wide array of flooring products (wood, stone, bamboo, vinyl, tile, laminate, etc.) are available in the market today, the use of carpet has remained a popular choice among residential or commercial property owners.

One major reason for its popularity is the warmth and softness it can give to a living or working space. A dull room suddenly looks put together if a strategically placed carpet is added. A boring conference room will look inviting if a brightly coloured carpet is added near the conference area.

Another reason for the popularity of carpets is the fact that it requires minimal upkeep and less maintenance. To keep it looking fresh and new, you just need to vacuum it frequently and have it deep-cleaned occasionally.

As a flooring material, carpet comes with many benefits. But no matter how much effort you put into keeping it immaculate and pristine, your carpet will accumulate dirt, grime and stains, pet hair, or dust mites sooner or later.

You may think that frequently using the vacuum can sort it out. Sometimes, it simply isn’t enough. An unwashed carpet is a magnet for dust mites. Dust mites don’t just ruin the look of your carpet, it can put you at risk of skin or breathing problems as you may become allergic to them.

To deal with this matter or any carpet stains you may have, you need to reach deep into the carpet. This is where all the gritty particles, dirt, and germs stay hidden underneath the surface.

So whether your carpet has taken its toll from daily foot traffic, shoe stains from mud outside the house, or a spill of red wine, you can actually learn to handle these messes like a professional.

There is a method on how to clean your carpet like a pro. If you are looking for tips on how to make your carpet last longer, how to make your carpet look better, how to vacuum, deep clean, and remove stains from your carpet, you can do it like a pro by using these tips.

How to clean carpet stains

For the majority of carpet stains, just follow these steps.

  • Prepare two spray bottles and a cup of warm water. Fill one empty spray bottle with cold water and the other one with any mild dishwashing liquid.
  • Spray the dishwashing liquid solution onto a microfibre cloth and dab. You don’t want the microfibre cloth to be soaking wet. Make it wet enough that you can dab it on the area that needs surface cleaning. Just dab and do not rub. As soon as the stain begins to dissolve, blot the area with the clean section of the microfibre cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
  • Spray cold water onto another microfibre cloth and use this to rinse any dishwashing liquid off from the carpet. Blot it with a dry microfibre cloth, or any cloth available to you, thereafter.  
  • Create a pile of paper towels on the cleaned area and place something heavy on top of it. The paper towels will absorb the residual stain that you have left in the carpet. After leaving it overnight, remove the paper towels, fluff the carpet fibres and allow them to dry.

If you are unable to remove the stain using this method, read on and find out how you can deal with a specific type of stain.

Pet Stains

Yes, we all love our pets but it doesn’t hide away the fact that they may leave some unwanted stains every now and then. As much as we hate cleaning after them, it is advisable to work on the stains as soon as we spot them.

Pet stains need more than just the cleaning power of detergents. You need a cleaner with special enzymes to combat the odour-causing bacteria of urine and faecal matter.  

Just follow the steps we have mentioned earlier. The only difference here is you need to substitute the detergent solution with a cleaner packed special enzymes. Some brands are so effective in removing the cause of odour that it keeps your pets from soiling the same spot again and again. That is something worth taking note of.

Red Wine Stains

When you’ve got red on your carpet, work on it as soon as you can. Blot the wet area with a dry cloth or paper towel and let it absorb as much of the red wine as possible.

After taking away as much liquid as possible, saturate the affected area with any of the following:

  • any strong detergent
  • any dishwashing liquid
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar with baking 1/4 cup salt or baking soda
  • mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water
  • commercial wine stain removers
  • club soda
  • hydrogen peroxide

By using any of these solutions and following the basic steps on the second part of this blog, you can say ‘goodbye’ to that annoying red splotch.

Coffee stains

If coffee makes your morning ritual complete, chances are you have spilt it more than once in your home or workplace. Just like the other stains, you should blot the liquid as much as you can. Then apply your preferred cleaning mixture or solution.

  • detergent
  • mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water
  • commercial stain remover
  • lemon juice (it can make dark spots appear lighter)

After applying the cleaning solution, rinse the area well. You can also sprinkle baking soda over the area to absorb excess moisture. To remove the baking soda, you can vacuum clean the area after a few minutes.

How to clean your carpets by hand

If you simply want to clean your carpet to make it look fresh and last longer, just follow these simple steps.

  • First, avoid your carpets from getting stains and spills.
  • If stains and spills are unavoidable, take care of it immediately by following the stain removing tips mentioned earlier.
  • Use a carpet shampoo when washing your carpets. It is advisable to wash it every three months. You can rent a carpet cleaning machine if you don’t want to do it by hand.
  • To remove impression marks or indents on the carpet, rub an ice cube over it.   
  • If there are dried or deep-seated stains, pre-treat the area before cleaning your carpet.
  • As much as possible, do not overwet the carpet to avoid coloured dyes from seeping through.
  • To dry spot treated areas, try using a hair dryer.
  • As a final touch, vacuum the entire surface of the carpet, especially the edges.

Repeat the process at least 4 times in a year then go ahead and be proud of your hard work.

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