Here are some easy, DIY Carpet Cleaning Solutions, to help when you’ve accidentally spilled drinks on our carpets, or sofa and stained them! What most of us may have not done is bought a carpet cleaning solution product from the supermarket/internet to use in these situations. The good news is and, fortunately, you might not have to buy anything to get your carpet/upholstery looking like new again. Did you know that you can make your own homemade (DIY) carpet cleaning solution with a few, under the sink (household) items! So, I thought I’d share some of my favourite DIY solutions to get you started:
*** Note: It is best practice to dip a white cloth/terry towel into all these solutions and apply it to the stain by dabbing or blotting. You must never pour the solutions directly onto carpets/upholstery. And never, never rub at the Stain ***
- A Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
- A Detergent Solution: Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of a liquid washing-up detergent, such as Lidl’s W5, Fairy Liquid into a cup of lukewarm water.
- A Solvent Solution: Use a paint type solvent. Or a substitute nail-polish remover; such as Mylee 100% Pure Acetone polish remover.
- An Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
Additional DIY Solutions To Try
- Club Soda also works very well on a certain type of stains (wine) but may have to be coupled with a cleaning solution for several applications before a stain is removed. Begin by blotting the affected area before pouring the club soda directly over it. Once the solution has stopped fizzing, immediately blot the spot again, repeating as many times as necessary.
- Baking Soda/ Bicarbonate Soda works very well to remove pet stains: Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled area and then let it sit/dwell for a couple of hours and then vacuum the affected area. It also acts as an effective deodorizer.
- Diluted Bleach can also help too in some instances, but *** do not use this on wool carpets***. Just use 10 parts water to one part bleach. Spray the solution on the stain, and then let it sit for 15 seconds before thoroughly rinsing the area with warm water. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until the spot is gone.
The stain removal remedies, above, should help the DIYer, eliminate most household accidents, but are to a cure-all for every type of stain, especially if there is a colour change in the affected material- this is when you should consider calling in a professional… And by using these DIY stain remedies is a great way of saving some money!