Carpet in your home improves the overall appearance of your place with its beautiful colours and designs. But unfortunately, constant use, high foot traffic and accidental spills make your carpet soiled and stained.
Even though getting your carpet cleaned by carpet cleaning professionals remains the best option, there are some effective homemade carpet cleaning recipes that can make carpet cleaning tasks easier.
The best part is, these recipes are non-toxic and totally safe for your family and pets. So if you are also a DIY fan, check out these effective DIY carpet cleaning recipes that work best for your carpet.
Pro Tip: Whether it is a DIY cleaning solution or store-bought cleaner, it is always a good practice to test it on a hidden spot of your carpet. This prevents your carpet from unwanted damage like discolouration.
Carpet Cleaning Recipes For Spot Treatment
⇒ Vinegar and Baking Soda
These two ingredients are easily available in your kitchen and work best for most of the common spills and carpet stain removal. To treat a carpet stain, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the stain and spray a small amount of vinegar on the soda. This will make the baking soda foamy.
Use a soft-bristled brush or microfiber cloth to work the solution on the stain and leave it for 3-4 hours until the baking soda becomes dry. Then vacuum the excess baking soda. Repeat this process if required.
⇒ Rubbing Alcohol
To clean spills caused because of food stains and cooking grease can be treated effectively with the help of rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol breaks down the stain causing contaminants and makes the stain easy to clean.
Apply an adequate amount of rubbing alcohol to stain and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Then blot the stained area to remove excess alcohol and stain from your carpet. Soak as much stain as you can and repeat this process if required.
⇒ Dish Soap and Vinegar
If you are dealing with dirt, soil, or mud stains, dish soap and vinegar mixture will get your work done. Add one tablespoon of dish soap to one cup of vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray an adequate amount of mixture on the stain and use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the stain. Then rinse the stain with water and soak using a dry clean cloth until it becomes dry.
Carpet Cleaning Recipes For Steam Cleaning
Steam cleaning is another effective way to deep clean your carpet as it thoroughly removes accumulated dirt and grime from your carpet fibres. You can easily rent a carpet steam cleaner or purchase a portable one.
You can make a carpet cleaning solution for a steam cleaner using the following steps –
- Heat the required amount of water as the size of your steam cleaner reservoir.
- Add the heated water, one cup of vinegar, and one tablespoon of dish soap to a bucket. (For 1 gallon of water)
- Mix the solution thoroughly and add the solution to the steam cleaner.
- Clean the carpet as per the machine’s instructions.
Carpet Cleaning Recipes For Deodorising
You might not know but these two ingredients work great for odour removal. Mix equal amounts of salt and baking soda and sprinkle evenly on your carpet. Then spray distilled water on the carpet to make the mixture moist. Agitate the mixture using a soft-bristled brush and leave it to air dry. After 3-6 hours vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove the excess baking soda mixture and unpleasant odours.
Carpet is exposed to dirt, grime and unavoidable spills. But using some DIY carpet cleaning recipes mentioned in this blog helps you keep your carpet spotless and clean. However, it is always recommended to spot-check the cleaning solution before using it and also consider investing in professional carpet cleaning once a year to ensure deep cleaning of your carpet.