If you have kids, pets and guests that spend time in your home, spills on your carpet are inevitable. Anxiety creeps in whenever your carpet gets a stain and we all know how important it is to act quickly for the best results, but what if you don’t have a stain remover on hand? There are some solutions you can make at home that can be very effective in removing stains and there are many reason that homeowners are coming up with home remedies. Some want to avoid the chemicals in commercial cleaning products because some can be harmful to your family and the environment. Others are looking for less expensive ways to do things. Some solutions you come up with on your own can be just as effective as the cleaners you buy in the store and they cost less. You also cut down on the need for specialty cleaners by coming up with your own. This saves time searching for cleaners and takes up less space in your cabinets.
1. Club soda is an easy and inexpensive stain fighter. It works best on stains that are fresh, so act as quickly as you can the next time your carpet has a mishap with juice or red wine.
2. Synthetic and natural fiber carpets can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent and vinegar and almost everyone has these in their house.
3. If you need a little extra power in fighting a stain, try adding baking powder to dishwashing liquid, white vinegar and warm water. Spray this solution right into the stain and you’re good to go.
4. White vinegar, salt and lavender essential oils are also great for stain removal and will deodorize at the same time.
5. You furry companions might be your carpet’s worst enemy. To remove the stain and the odors that come with them mix 16 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon dishwashing soap and 1 tablespoon baking soda together. Don’t store this solution in an airtight container or you’ll have an explosion for the buildup of the chemical reaction!
6. Any carpet emergency can be handled with some key ingredients, so always make sure you have lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar and natural soap or organic detergent. These ingredients, working alone or together, can get rid of almost any stain.
Always remember to test a small hidden area with any solution you’re going to use. This will let you see if there will be color fading or damage to the carpet. Remember to act fast. Some stains only need a few minutes to make them difficult to remove. Blot up as much of the stain as you can with a clean, dry towel or cloth before you use any cleaning solution. Do not rub a carpet stain because rubbing will make it worse and can damage the fibers, altering the look of the carpet. Start front the outside of the stain and work in toward the middle to prevent the stain from spreading. Once you have removed the stain, lightly blot any leftover moisture.
It’s good to take preventative measures with carpet stains and have some homemade carpet cleaners on hand. You can get your carpet looking as good as new again and all with little effort and minimal cost. You will need to contact Ameribest Heating & Air Conditioning for stubborn stains that you cannot remove. Give us a call today!