Carpets are an incredible decor element. They can turn an otherwise dull room into a swanky one with their lush color, vivid patterns, and rich texture. They can also act as a statement piece and define a specific area. But, despite your best efforts to keep the carpet clean, it eventually becomes dirty and dingy, thanks to spills, stains, and dirt from every day use.
However, with a few clever cleaning tips and tricks, you can transform that old and dirty carpet from dingy to dazzling.
Cleaning Essentials You Need:
Kitchen roll or Cleaning Cloths
1. Begin with Vacuuming
Before you whip out the stain removers, you have to get rid of loose dust, fur (if you have a pet at home), dirt and hair accumulated in the carpet. In case you have wall to wall carpet then vacuum around the furniture pieces, under couches, easy chairs, and beds. Utilize different attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner for a deep and exhaustive cleaning.
2. Tackle the Stains
Since you have already vacuum cleaned the carpet, it’ll be easy to find scrapes or stains. Use a stain remover to rub the affected areas, applying medium pressure. Try not to use force, as you could harm the carpet. Let it sit for an hour for the patch to dry. Repeat the process if the stain hasn’t vanished completely. Also remember, it is always better to deal with stains as soon as they happen. Smudge them with a damp piece of cloth until they vanish.
3. It’s Time to Deep Clean
Now that you have already tackled the stains, it is time to deep clean the carpet. You can either hire a professional to ease your workload or use this DIY solution to deep clean the soiled carpet: Make a solution of water and soap mixed in 4:1 ratio and apply it with the help of a sponge. Let it sit for some time, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water before letting the carpet dry.
4. Refresh It!
Once you complete the above steps, spray any carpet deodorizer to freshen it up. You can also mix 2 cups of baking soda with few drops of any essential oil of your choice to make your own homemade deodorizer. Apply it liberally to the carpet.
How to Maintain the Carpet?
Now that you are done with all the scrubbing and cleaning, let’s take a quick look at how to maintain the carpet: Place a doormat at the entryway so that you wipe your feet on before going inside. It will likewise help reduce the amount of soil and dirt from outside being spread around the house. Moreover, if you have furniture sitting on the carpet, it is advised to fit protectors or felt pads to the feet of your furniture to restrict the degree of harm.