Persian Rug and Carpet Stain Removers – Homemade Solutions
Carpet stains can be stubborn and impossible, but store-bought stain removers can get pricey. Try one of these homemade carpet and rug stain removers instead.
Pets, children, wine – all are leading causes of unsightly carpet and all types of rugs stains. It is a daunting battle to go up against stubborn stains that can leave your arms sore for days. In response to this struggle, the cleaning industry is constantly developing new and improved formulas to tackle and annihilate stains. When these have failed to work, you have probably employed the rented use of an expensive steam cleaner or carpet cleaning service. These are pricey and often very inconvenient.
What you may not know is that there are several simple, homemade solutions that have the same cleansing effects that store-bought stain removers do. In addition, they are easy to make and use and are extremely low in cost. The advantage in homemade stain removers is that you probably already own the ingredients, most of which do not contain the harmful chemicals that store-bought removers do.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes
If it’s time for a thorough Spring cleaning, you can use these tips to thoroughly cleanse your carpets from the year’s dirt, dust, and grime, leaving your floors and rugs clean, fresh, and deodorized. If you have a steam-cleaner of your own, try the following recipes for homemade carpet shampoo:
1/4 cup lemon-scented ammonia
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 teaspoons baking soda
Mix ammonia and vinegar together in a large container. Add about a gallon of hot water. Finally, carefully add the baking soda and mix ingredients together. Pour into steam-cleaner and follow the manufacturing instructions.
For an even simpler solution, try this mixture:
3 cups vinegar
2-3 drops dish detergent
Fill your carpet cleaner container with plenty of water and add in the vinegar and detergent. Mix it well and follow the manufacturing instructions.
If your carpets need a heavy-duty cleansing, try this paste:
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1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup white vinegar
Mix the ingredients together and scrub the paste into your carpet. After a few hours, simply vacuum up the residue.
If you wish, you may also use your favourite liquid laundry detergent in your carpet cleaner to freshen the carpets in your rooms.
Inexpensive shaving cream is another carpet cleaning secret. Work on small areas of carpet at a time, working the shaving cream into the carpet with a dampened sponge mop. Rinse and wring the mop after working each section. Allow the carpet to dry overnight and vacuum thoroughly in the morning.
For another simple solution, try mixing together Pine Sol and ammonia with a little water. Scrub the solution into the carpet with a hand brush and allow it to dry. This mixture can also be used to spot treat specific areas and is even rumoured to work on grease stains.
Carpet Stain Removers and Spot Treatments
Regardless of the amount of foot traffic your carpets receive – whether you live alone or have a family of seven – you inevitably have a few pesky stains that refuse to be treated. For specific portions of carpet with noticeably stubborn stains, try these solutions instead:
1/2 lb. baking powder
2.5 to 3.5 ounces cornflower
dried bay leaves
Mix ingredients together in a covered container, adding potpourri for an added fresh scent if desired. Shake thoroughly and pour on stains. Leave it overnight and wipe it clean in the morning. Vacuum the area to remove any leftover residue.
For a very simple stain remover, mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain directly and allow it to set for several minutes. Use a brush or sponge and warm, soapy water to clean the area.
To clean those dramatic wine stains, the time-tested solution is club soda. Pour a little on, allow it to fizz up, then dab. Repeat this process several times if need be until the stain is gone.
For the simplest of carpet stain removers, combine one-part vinegar to three parts very hot water. Use a white cloth to rub the solution into carpets. Allow the mixture to dry and then vacuum clean.
Quick Carpet Cleaning Tips
Always spot test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet to see how the solution will react with your carpet before moving on to stains or the rest of the room. Also, once you have applied a stain cleaning solution to your carpet, you can cover the area with towels. This will prevent people from stepping on your work.
Should a careless child or husband step on the towel anyway, it will protect the wet area from additional dirt and grime. If you use a spray bottle to store a carpet cleaning solution, always be sure to clearly label it to avoid any inadvertent accidents. Finally, try to avoid using dish soap very much in your homemade carpet stain removers. Soap tends to attract dirt, sabotaging your careful efforts to keep a clean house.