Here are some basic carpet cleaning tips to help you keep your carpet looking good.
Always blot, never rub or scrub
Immediately scoop or blot up as much of the spill as possible, working from the outer edge towards the center to avoid spreading
For most common carpet stains, treat with up to 80 Celsius water
For wool or wool blends, add one teaspoon of laundry detergent approved for wool and one teaspoon of white vinegar to each litre of warm water. Or as the Stain Removal Guide suggests.
Pre-test a small inconspicuous area of the carpet to ensure against damage and possible color change.
Blot the carpet with a clean white cloth or paper towel in between treatments.
Once treated, apply water with a cloth until the carpet no longer feels sticky or soapy, then blot up with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
Place paper towels or cloth over the cleaned area and place a flat weight on them to absorb remaining moisture
If unsuccessful, call a professional carpet cleaner such as Auckland Steam n Dry carpet cleaning clean service. immediately
Vinegar Wool Stain Removal
Vinegar is the superhero of stain removal (and cleaning in general!). Try these different formulas for homemade carpet stain remover to remove a variety of common stains:
Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.
For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.
For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it sit for two days, then vacuum.
For spilled paint, use a solution of 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons laundry detergent, and two cups water; sponge away the paint before it sets in and rinses with cold water.
For fruit and fruit juice stains, mix 1 tablespoon laundry detergent with 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar and combine with two cups of water. Work the solution into the stain and blot.
For coffee and tea stains, combine equal parts white vinegar and water and blot the stain.
Thoroughly dampen the stained area, then rub in some borax. Let the area dry, then vacuum or blot it with a solution of equal parts vinegar and soapy water and let dry. Repeat if necessary. Don’t forget to first test this DIY carpet stain remover on an inconspicuous corner of the rug or on a carpet scrap before applying it to the stain.
Use a sprinkle of salt to boost the power of another homemade carpet stain remover:
Don’t panic if you spill red wine on your white carpet. While the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait about 10 minutes. Now vacuum up the whole mess.
For greasy food stains on the carpet, mix up 1 part salt to 4 parts rubbing alcohol and rub it hard on the grease stain, being careful to rub in the direction of the rug’s natural nap.
Ketchup spill on your carpet? Act fast because once this one dries, it will be nearly impossible to get out. Sprinkle salt over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, and vacuum. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone.
Can’t tell what that stain is? Still, want to remove it? Don’t worry, homemade carpet cleaners can remove mystery stains too. Try this sure-fire homemade carpet stain remover: Mix a teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth. Rinse. The stain, whatever it was, should be gone.
CRC or WD40
Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.