Carpet can be a nice low-cost, consistent flooring option; however, upkeep can be an issue. It doesn’t take much to stain carpet, and it’s not as simple to clean the material as say, hardwood or tile. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be cleaned. Just as carpet is an inexpensive flooring material, there are a number of inexpensive ways to clean it. In fact, you can remove stains from carpet with basic homemade solutions…
The combination of dish detergent/hand soap works really well to remove stains from carpet that just recently hit the surface. With a fresh stain, all you have to do is grab a couple of paper towels or a cloth and start to blot. You want to try and get as much of the stain out just by blotting. Who knows, maybe that’s all you will need to do to rid of the stain.
After blotting, pour some warm water into a spray bottle and mix in some dish detergent or hand soap. Shake it up and wait for the solution to sud. Once this occurs, spray sparingly, but aggressively on the heart of the stain. Let the mixture sink in for a few minutes and then blot, blot, blot.
If the basic combination of detergent and water doesn’t take care of the stain in its entirety, try mixing water and ammonia. It should take just a teaspoon of ammonia mixed with a warm cup of water. Same as above, pour each into a spray bottle, then shake and spray. Ammonia is a strong replacement to detergent as it is literally purposed as a cleaning agent.
Here is another cleaning concoction that you should be able to create thanks to the random ingredients located throughout your home. One cup vinegar, two cups warm water and three-five tablespoons of baking soda. This combination has been used reliably throughout many homes over the years. It’s a commonly known solution with a proven ability to remove stains from carpet (hence, it’s continuous use).
Of course, it’s never a bad idea to rent a carpet-cleaning machine or to have a professional carpet cleaning crew give your carpet a thorough refresh. The occasional stain is one thing; however, extensive staining and long-neglected carpet are tough to overcome. All it takes is your dog coming in from a muddy backyard and lying down on the carpet to cause a real flooring catastrophe.
And then there’s the case in which your carpet is too far gone for even a professional cleaning to do the trick. If you need new carpet, give Floors Touch a call at (214) 326-0100 or visit our store in McKinney, TX. We always have carpet in stock, along with many other flooring materials. We even sell area rugs to help you protect your flooring. Please visit our website—www.floorstouch.com—to skim through our selection and visit our blog for additional helpful flooring tips.