The best time to spruce up your house is spring. It means that you can almost do anything like scouring pads, brooms, and sponges. Of course, when you clean almost all corner of your house, do not forget to complete the task with the carpets. What can you do to deal with a lot of carpet issues? Well, you are dealing with shagginess, stains, padded-down spots. The best solution is to try these brilliant and non-toxic cleaning hacks at home.
#1 Use An Iron To Remove Stains
After ironing, use your iron to work with your carpets. You can even use it to remove some stains. First, you have to vacuum your carpets to remove dust and other particles. After that, dampen any stains or spots by using a towel concentrated with the combination of one part vinegar and three parts tap water/water. Use the moist towel and put it over the stain. Use the iron to heat the towel. Once you move the iron over the towel, the stain will move into the towel. If the stain has been removed, stop ironing.
#2: DIY Oil Carpet Freshener
Want your carpets to smell so fresh that you’ll feel like you’re walking in a field of daisies every time you step foot in your living room or bedroom? Make your own deodorizer by adding about 10-20 drops of any essential oil (I prefer lavender or wild orange) with about a 16-ounce box of baking soda. Mix it up well so the oils are completely absorbed and store in a glass container. When you want to use it, simply shake some of the perfumed baking soda on your carpet, wait 5 minutes and then vacuum it.
#3 Try DIY Deep Clean Carpet Cleaner
Remove allergens and dust mites by deep cleaning the carpets. Perhaps, you use carpet cleaning extractor with the liquid chemical cleaner as the best solution. Actually, you can make your DIY deep green cleaner. Here are the ingredients you will need: 3/4 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 5 drops of essential oils, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, and one gallon of hot water. Mix them together to make the toxic-free green cleaner. Use it to rug cleaning the machine.
#4: Clean a Shag Carpet Properly
Shag carpeting has come back into style with a vengeance, so if you have a shag carpet in your home, you’ll need to know how to clean it. Most vacuums have too much suction and can cause the shag to go frizzy or get caught in the machinery. If you notice that your carpet is “shedding” regularly, de-shag it by using the hose attachment of your vacuum. Yes, this will take longer but will allow you to get deep into the fibers of the rug without hurting the strength or look of the shag.
#5: Carpet Fluffing Method I
Does your carpet look like it’s been walked on by an army? Fluff it up by spraying any hardened, stained areas with a carpet stain remover of equal parts vinegar and water. Allow the agent to work, and then blot up the stain. At this point, run a spoon along the carpeting (hold the spoon on its side) to “fluff up” the fibers and encourage them to stand straight again.
#6: Carpet Fluffing Method II
Tired of dented-in spots where your furniture put pressure on the carpet? Allow an ice cube to melt into the dents. After the water has completely dissolved, take a soft towel and blot up the excess moisture. Do not press hard; this will dent the carpet again. Lay the moist towel on top of the dented area and run an iron (on cotton setting) back and forth across the towel. When the fibers feel almost dry, stop ironing the spot. Allow the carpet to air dry, then use your hands to fluff up the spot.
#7: How To Clean Different Types of Carpet
Carpets differ in a number of ways. There are low loop carpets (think Berber) and more plush/shaggy carpets. These can come with or without stain protection and may be made of anything from 100 percent wool to synthetic fibers. Let’s start with low-pile, looped carpets. While they are great for high-traffic areas, they may not be as apt to give up stains as plush carpets. You have to have patience when cleaning low-pile/looped carpeting; use a lot of elbow grease.