Having fresh and clean carpets can change the whole feel of the room and can provide you with a series of benefits, including having increased carpet life-expectancy, killing nasty germs, and keeping your home smelling fresh.
However, all home owners will know that keeping carpets clean is no easy (or cheap) feat, especially if you have children or pets and, sadly, vacuuming isn’t always enough to keep your carpets properly clean.
But, before you rip up your carpets and swear to have wooden flooring for the rest of your life, please know that there are plenty of DIY tips which can help to keep your floors pristine and we’ve detailed three below.
Steaming with your iron
Getting a carpet steamer is great but, if you want to go the DIY route, using your household iron can be an even better option as you will be able to target tough stains with more vigour.
All you’ll need is a light-coloured cloth, an iron, and your DIY carpet cleaning solution. The solution should be made up of:
- ¾ cup of water
- ¼ cup of vinegar
- A few drops of washing up liquid
We spoke to professional London-based carpet cleaners, Cleaner Cleaner, who instructed: “Soak your cloth with the solution and wring it out slightly so that it’s not dripping wet. Then, cover the unwanted carpet stain with the cloth.
“Ironing the cloth for only a few seconds should remove the stain but, if it’s particularly stubborn, you may have to iron the cloth a few times.”
Beer isn’t just a one-trick pony, as it has many uses outside of the pub, one of which is cleaning carpets. This DIY trick works particularly well for those all too frequent tea and coffee stains.
This method is especially simple as all you have to do is pour a splash of beer onto the offending area of the carpet and gently rub it in with a cloth.
The majority of the stain should be gone within the first attempt, but you may have to repeat the process a couple of times to see the entire stain leave the carpet. If you’re impressed with this beer trick, check out these other uses for beer!
Freeze chewing gum
Chewing gum being stuck in anything is always a messy situation and carpets are arguably worse as the chewing gum will usually have been stuck to the bottom of your shoe first.
To relieve your carpet of a chewing gum blemish, get an ice cube from the freezer (you may want to use gloves so that you don’t hurt your fingers) and hold it over the affected carpet area for a minute or so, or until the gum freezes solid.
Once the gum is frozen, discard the ice cube, and gently peel the gum from the carpet. You can also gently use a butter knife to aid this process.
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