At least 70% of people have moved furniture to hide a stain instead of dealing with it. While it is a temporary solution if you have company coming over soon, it shouldn’t be your only strategy.
That said, carpet stains can be stubborn and tough to remove. Plus, it’s a hassle to move your furniture to reach the entire carpet.
The trouble is, carpets don’t just soak up wine spills. They also harbor dirt, bacteria, mold, and many other allergens which can hard your health.
Luckily, you can make your own homemade carpet cleaner to address those spots. Read on to learn how to do your own carpet cleaning as well as how to decide you need to hire a professional.
Making Homemade Carpet Cleaner for Natural Carpet
If you have wool or another type of natural fiber carpet, you can either dishwashing soap or vinegar diluted in water to spot clean your carpets.
To use soap, mix one teaspoon of clear dish soap with a cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Another option is to make a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. Usually, a 1/4 cup of each is plenty for a spray bottle.
Before you address the stain, test the solution on a hidden area of your carpet. If it doesn’t discolor the carpet or change it’s appearance in a few minutes, it’s safe to use on the stain.
DIY Carpet Cleaner for Synthetic Carpet
If you have carpet made from synthetic fibers, you’ll need to use a more diluted solution than you do with natural fiber carpets.
To make a soap mixture, combine a 1/4 teaspoon of clear dish soap with a cup of warm water in a spray bottle. For a vinegar mixture, you can dilute a cup of white vinegar in two cups of water.
Tips for DIY Carpet Cleaning
As mentioned above, it’s crucial to test any carpet cleaning product on a hidden area of carpet first. Do this before you attempt to spot clean or clean the carpet in an entire room. This will protect your carpet from any unwanted discoloration.
Always start with a small amount of carpet cleaner first. Avoid soaking the carpet as that can lead to mold if it takes too long to dry.
For spot cleaning, you should also use a white towel to prevent any color transfer. Never rub a stain and work from the edge of the stain into the center.
When It’s Best to Use Professional Cleaning Services
While the DIY route can be an affordable way to refresh your carpets, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Carpet cleaning can be frustrating, stressful, time-consuming, and heavy work if you don’t know what you’re doing. If it really goes wrong, you could even end up causing serious damage to your carpets.
If you’d like to clean the carpets in your entire home, you should hire carpet cleaning services. They’ll deal with the bulky equipment, moving furniture, and using the right cleaning supplies. You won’t have to deal with the hassle and your whole house will look fresh.
Refresh Your Carpet Today
Whether you can use homemade carpet cleaner or you decide to book professional carpet cleaning services, your home will look refreshed. If you want to clean your whole house, it’s best to hire the pros.
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