Carpet Flooring

DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips

Whether an attractive carpet brings about any perceptible change to the beauty of a home is a legitimate question because previously, only the rich, affluent and the privileged had a carpet in their homes. Now, much water has flown down the rivers and carpet is now perceived as a necessity. A beautiful and attractive carpet may keep your home neat, safe and warm. But, once you have it at your home, how to clean carpet becomes a big question because only if it is cleaned regularly, will it be durable and actually enhance the appearance of your home. Unclean carpet can affect the health of your family members also. Some people justifiably feel that they can do regular maintenance of their carpet on their own. There are a few Do-It-Yourself carpet cleaning tips you can follow to make your carpet look fresh, clean and in top shape:

  • woman with DIY cleaning equipmentThere are certain items you need for maintaining your carpet on your own. You need a vacuum cleaner and you should have cleaning clothes, solutions, etc. for cleaning the carpet. The best DIY method is to vacuum your carpet at least once in three days. Whenever spills and stains occur, you should attend to them immediately so that they do not become stubborn.

  • Cleaning solutions must be used appropriately. You should ensure not to over-saturate spots on the carpet with this solution because over-saturation may spoil the carpet. You should preferably use cleaning towels as cleaning clothes. You should use a little solution, check if you get the desired results and then, use some more if necessary.  It is true that your aim is to remove the stains but it does not mean that you should rub the stains. Instead, you should use the cleaning towels for blotting the solution gently. Some people may have a shop vac with them and they can use it for removing the unwanted materials from the carpet before they commence the cleaning process.

  • Vinegar is good for removing stains on carpet and therefore, you can mix sufficient quantity of vinegar with water. This solution can be ideally used for your DIY carpet cleaning process. With the help of a cleaning towel or a sponge, you should gently spread this mixture on your carpet. You should ensure that the spreading is even. There is no need to worry about the odor of the vinegar because it will go away in a couple of days. If you feel that there is a stubborn odor, you can sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet once the carpet gets dry. After the baking soda settles down, you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove everything.

  • For removing more obstinate stains, you can make use of peroxide or some other good bleaching agents. But, these bleaching agents should be used carefully and in moderate quantities because if used wrongly, they may spoil your carpet. You should dilute these bleaching agents sufficiently before using them. You should test these bleaching agents on a small area before using them full-fledged.

  • Steam cleaning is one of the best DIY carpet cleaning options. But, you need not use this procedure frequently. Using them once in six months is ideal.

The above carpet cleaning tips have been acknowledged as good steps even by experts for keeping the carpet durable and for safeguarding the health of your family members. At a time of rising costs, these DIY steps will be all the more useful for cleaning your carpet and for having an attractive home.