page contents

Carpet Cleaning Home Remedies Or Carpet Shampooer ? – What Matters

Cooking and Kitchen

Carpet stains can be quite a nightmare and when one adds up the cost of engaging a professional the stress can be huge.

The best approach as far as carpet cleaning of stains and spills are concerned is to always deal with them immediately after they happen.  

Regardless of your preferences for carpet cleaning home remedies or a regular carpet shampooer, act fast to get the best results and save time, money and stress in doing so.

GENERAL TIPS BEFORE WE GET IN TO THE DETAILS​

  • Before using a carpet shampoo or other carpet cleaning product use a spoon or blunt end of a knife to scrape off solid materials e.g. candle wax.
  • ​During the carpet cleaning process blot up spills with a paper towel or cloth – don’t add more liquid or carpet cleaning product solutions at this stage.

HOME CARPET CLEANING FOR SPECIFIC STAINS

BLOOD

  1. ​Blot fresh spills with a paper towel or cloth.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon mild detergent with 1 litre of warm water and apply this solution to the stain and let it dry.
  3. Vacuum the area.
carpet cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

BUTTER

  1. Scrape off as much of the butter as you can.
  2. Then apply a dry cleaning solution and let the carpet dry.
  3. Repeat the step if necessary and vacuum the area
Butter stains on the carpet

CANDLE WAX

  1. ​Wait until it the wax is hard and then scrape off as much as possible
  2. Cover the remaining stuff with kitchen paper and press with the tip of a warm iron device.
  3. The wax will melt and be absorbed by the paper.
chewing gums stuck on the carpet

chewing gums stains on the carpet

CHEWING GUM

  1. Place a bag of ice cubes on top of it to freeze it and after it is frozen then break off as much as you can .
  2. Clean off the remaining gum with a little white or methylated spirits on a normal cloth.

CHOCOLATE​S

  1. First scrape off any solid chocolate pieces, then treat the spot with carpet shampoo.
  2. If the grease marks remain treat it carefully with a grease solvent.
carpet cleaning for coffee stains

Carpet Cleaning For Coffee Stains

COFFEE​

  1. Blot fresh coffee or tea spills with a paper towel or cloth.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon mild detergent with 1 litre of warm water and apply this solution to the stain and let it dry.
  3. Apply a dry cleaning solvent and once it is dry, vacuum the area​.
Carpet Cleaning of Stubborn Stains

Carpet Cleaning of Stubborn Stains

INK

  1. Rub the area with a cloth moistened with methylated spirits for ball point and felt tip pens.
  2. Then use cold water to shift the fountain pen ink.​
Lipstick stains on the rug or carpet

LIPSTICK

  1. Carefully scrape off any excess with a knife and then treat it with a carpet shampoo.
  2. If the color remains, use a little methylated spirits on cotton wool and apply to the area.

MILK OR ICE CREAM​

Sponge with soapy warm water, rinse, then treat with a common grease solvent​.

carpet stains require cleaning

MUD​

  1. Wait until the mud is dry and hard, then scrape off as much as possible.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon mild detergent with 1 litre of warm water.
  3. Apply this solution to the stain and let it dry.
  4. If the stain remains, apply a dry cleaning solvent and once it gets dry, vacuum the area.
Carpet Cleaning and Repair

Carpet Cleaning and Repair

VINEGAR​

  1. Dilute the vinegar spill immediately with baking soda and water.
  2. Apply a solution of 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
  4. Let the area dry and vacuum.​
dirty carpet cleaning

Dirty Carpet Cleaning

VOMIT

  1. Blot up as much as possible.
  2. Dilute the vomit with baking soda and water.
  3. Apply a solution of 1 part ammonia to 10 parts water.
  4. Rinse with cold water and let the area dry and vacuum.
carpet shampooer

Carpet Shampooer

CRAYON​S

  1. Wait until the crayon is hard, then scrape off as much as possible.
  2. Cover the remains with kitchen paper and press with a tip of a warm iron device.
  3. The wax will melt and be absorbed by the paper.​

FRUIT​S

  1. You have to move quick as once fruit stains are dry and hard they are very difficult to remove.
  2. Scrape up as much as possible and blot any remaining juice.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon mild detergent with 1 litre of warm water.
  4. Apply this solution to the stain and let it dry.
  5. Repeat if you feel it is necessary then vacuum the area.​
fruit stains on the carpet

PET STAINS​

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon mild detergent with 1 litre of warm water.
  2. Apply this solution to the stain and let it dry. Repeat if necessary and vacuum the area​
pets stains on the carpet

WINE​

  1. Blot fresh wine spills, then use a good carpet shampoo.
  2. Don’t sprinkle it with salt as this could change the color of the carpet.
  3. On very old stains try rubbing in a mixture of equal parts glycerine and water.
  4. Leave for an hour and then then rinse off.​
wine stains carpet cleaning

TAR​

  1. Use a small amount of solvent, such as WD40 on the stain.
  2. Blot the dissolved area with a paper towel. Mix a small amount of mild detergent with warm water and apply this to the stain.
  3. This will remove the smell of the solvent.
  4. Follow this up with sponge of the area with fresh water and let it dry.

SCORCH MARKS

Trim lightly with a pair of scissors.

SHOE POLISH

  1. Scrape off as much as you can, treat with a dry cleaning solvent, then methylated spirits.
  2. Then finish off with carpet shampoo.
carpet cleaning products

Carpet Cleaning Products

BEST CARPET SHAMPOO USAGE TIPS

carpet cleaning products

Carpet Cleaning Products

After purchasing a carpet shampoo follow the information on the label and

  1. Make up the solution as directed on the packaging. In many cases, the product will need to be diluted with water.
  2. Use just enough carpet shampoo to cover the area. If using other carpet cleaning products make sure you have reviewed the instructions.
  3. Don't make the carpet too wet – not only is this a waste of detergent, but it’s also going to increase drying time.
  4. Scrub on the particularly stubborn areas using a hard-bristled brush. Let the carpet dry and the vacuum once dry.

BEST HOME CARPET SHAMPOOER USAGE TIPS

Typically, the best carpet shampooer is one with a rotating brush to get down deep into the carpet pile and remove embedded dirt and allergens. When choosing a carpet shampooer or other carpet cleaning products keep in mind the following i.e.

TYPE OF HOUSE

Consider the type of house you have. Specifically, do you have pets, stairs and if so look for the best carpet shampooers or carpet cleaning products that specifically address these conditions.

CARPET SHAMPOOERS WITH HEATERS

This type of carpet shampooer use hot water to increase the overall cleaning power of the carpet shampooer. Additionally, there are double rows of brushes on some carpet shampooer machines which can deliver better results.​

UPHOLSTERY TOOLS

The best carpet shampooers have specialized upholstery tools. These allow you to clean your lounge suites, chairs, car seats, mattresses, pet beds etc as well as stubborn stains and quick clean ups.​

SO HOW DO I USE A CARPET SHAMPOOER ?

When preparing to home carpet shampoo, give the carpet a deep cleaning, preferably with a powerhead vacuum cleaner, before the carpet shampooing activity.

BEFORE YOU USE A CARPET SHAMPOOER

  • Removing as much of the dirt and dust mites as possible with a powerhead vacuum, before home carpet shampooing because this will hugely increase the quality of the result.
  • If you or members of your home have asthma or breathing issues, consider getting an asthma vacuum cleaner. 
The best carpet  shampooer

The Best Carpet Shampoo

WHILE USING A CARPET SHAMPOOER

TESTING

Slowly test the home carpet shampooer on a small area of the carpet to ensure the settings are correct.

AVOID OVERDOSING

Don't 'overdose' the carpet shampoo solution, You would rather go over a dirty spot twice than put excess shampoo in the carpet.

PETS

For those with pets you can use a carpet geared towards pet odour shampoo to help remove pet smells that are embedded in the carpet.

TIMING

Use your home carpet shampooer when ever you see an area getting grubby, or after a spill. You should not wait a long time (upwards of a month for example) to shampoo the carpet every time.

AFTER CARPET SHAMPOOING IS DONE

  1. After finishing with the carpet shampooing, run water over the heavy cleaned areas (e.g. entrances and walkways).
  2. This will help remove excess shampoo and keep those areas cleaner for longer. Also, remember to rinse out the shampoo from inside the machine!

AFTER DRYING

Once the carpet gets dry, vacuum again to remove any loose particles suspended on top of the carpet before people walk across it.​