The carpet is an interior decoration, but if stains appear on it, it can ruin the built composition. Not only store formulations can remove dirt, but also those that you have at hand. We tell you which carpet cleaning products at home are effective and safe.
All about carpet cleaning folk methods
Choice of remedy
Post cleaning tips
The first step before cleaning the carpet at home with improvised means is to determine the material of the product. It will depend on what means can be used. For example, cleaning natural wool or silk carpets with homemade compounds is not a good idea. Also, home remedies are not suitable for suede coverings. In other cases, you need to remember that synthetic rugs are more wear-resistant and easier to clean. But products made from natural materials are more capricious, it is better to be careful with them.
The second step is to understand what part of the product you plan to clean. If cleaning is planned locally, then you can proceed to the next step. If you want to clean the entire coating, you need to move the furniture. Also note that it will take time for the product to dry. Therefore, it is either worth cleaning in parts, or leaving a small path for the passage.
The third step is to completely vacuum the carpet to get rid of any debris or dust that has lodged under the pile. This step will simplify further cleaning.
What improvised means to clean the carpet at home
If you do not use chemistry for cleaning your home and decide to clean the coating, then the products that are on hand are suitable for some dirt. They should be used carefully. Before starting the process, it is important to test the composition on an inconspicuous area of the carpet, for example, where it is not visible under the furniture. If after application the textile has changed color, then the composition cannot be used.
Baking soda is a wonderful natural absorbent. It will remove grease stains and also help get rid of odors. For example, if your pet left a nasty surprise on the floor. For cleaning you will need any convenient container, soda and clean water.
Pour soda powder into a container, add a little water, then stir. You should have a soft paste. It is applied to the stain or other necessary surface and allowed to dry completely. The hardened solution is cleaned with a brush or vacuum cleaner. If the spots persist, you can wipe them with 3% hydrogen peroxide. But it should only be used on light-colored textiles, as it whitens the surface.
The usual 9% vinegar will help get rid of fresh stains that have not yet had time to soak into the coating. In half a liter of clean water, dilute 2 tbsp. spoons of funds. Apply the resulting mixture to the stain and rub it with a sponge. Vacuum after drying. The composition will help keep animals away from the carpet if they leave puddles on it, as they do not like the smell. However, you need to understand that the aroma can be unpleasant for humans.
Salt is another effective remedy. It is quite safe, as there can be no allergies from it. Salt can be used to clean both natural and synthetic materials. She, like soda, can cope with unpleasant odors. For cleaning, the cheapest finely ground salt, for example, the Extra variety, is suitable.
The method of its application is very simple. Sprinkle dry carpet with salt. Then it is distributed over the coating, it is most convenient to do this with a brush or broom. Simultaneously with the distribution, you can slightly lift the pile so that the product penetrates under it. During cleaning, salt particles will become dirty. They should be brushed off with a damp brush dipped in warm water. Then you need to sprinkle salt again and repeat the procedure. When the particles are no longer contaminated, you can complete the cleaning. Allow the coating to dry completely and vacuum over it to remove the product.
4. Sawdust, bran or semolina
An alternative to salt are sawdust, bran and semolina. They also absorb dirt very well. All products should be used only in dry form. It is advisable to brush off the coating with a dry brush, and at the end of cleaning immediately go through with a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the remaining particles.
Ice will help get rid of chewing gum and wax. It needs to be placed in a tight plastic bag, for this, options on a zip fastener are well suited. Then, a bag with ice cubes inside is gently passed over the contamination until it hardens. Then take a blunt object, such as a spatula, and remove the hardened material. The remains are removed with a vacuum cleaner.
If the dirt has not completely gone, you can apply soda on top of it or use a different composition. And after processing, blot with a napkin dipped in warm water.
Also, ice will help straighten dents from standing furniture. On the damaged places you need to put a cube and leave for a couple of minutes. Then carefully comb the pile with a brush, lifting it up.
Another effective stain remover is ammonia. With it, you can remove greasy and small dirt, so the composition is suitable for regular procedures. Dilute 2/3 tablespoons of alcohol in half a liter of water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray onto textiles. Scrub the surface with a brush or sponge. Let it dry and then vacuum it up for the final time.
Beating a carpet in the snow is a technique used by our parents and grandparents. It is still popular today because it is very effective. In this way, you can clean out various dirt, including getting rid of bacteria and microorganisms, as they die at sub-zero temperatures. The method is suitable for processing carpets with both short and long pile.
It is worth taking the product outside in frosty weather. Never clean during a thaw, as you can over-moisten the carpet. High humidity is harmful to fibers. Choose an area with pure white snow. It is ideal to carry out the procedure after a snowfall, when the snow has not yet had time to melt in the sun and turn into an ice crust — this will become an obstacle when cleaning, and can also damage the material.
The technique is simple: the laid out carpet should be sprinkled with snow on top. It will collect dirt from the pile, then it must be swept away with a brush or broom. Then the steps are repeated until the snow on top remains clean. You can also take a special beater and walk on top of it to get rid of dust — it will remain on the snow.
You can clean the coating without additional solutions. For example, using a brush with medium hard bristles (soft ones will not clean the pile, and hard ones can damage it). She needs to “comb” the product against the pile. The brush will collect hair and animal hair that cannot be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
9. Special soap
An effective dry cleaning product can be prepared at home with your own hands. However, this requires a little preparation.
You will need wheat flour, ground pumice and salt. Then you need to mix 6 parts of flour and one part of pumice and salt. The ingredients are placed in a saucepan, add a little water and bring to a boil over low heat. The resulting consistency should be like a thick paste. After thickening, the mixture is allowed to cool. You can pour it into a mold for more convenient use. The cooled solution will be solid and similar to soap. The tool will cope with dirt on textiles as follows: a piece of “soap” is carried over the pile, and then the composition is cleaned from the carpet with a dry brush.
How to care for your carpet after cleaning
After you clean the pile, you should follow simple recommendations. In this case, it will be possible to keep the product in a tidy condition for a long time and protect it from damage.
- Coatings of any material do not need to be cleaned with very hot water.
If a stain is planted, then it must be removed immediately. Otherwise, it may stay with you forever.
- Handle the carpet, if you decide to clean it with your own hands, you need against the pile. This applies to any cleaning, including using a brush.
- Wet cleaning of the coating is not recommended more than once every three months. Too frequent use may shorten the life of the product.
- The position of the carpet sometimes needs to be changed. This way you will prevent the appearance of greasy and frayed stains in those places where people most often walk in the room.
- You need to vacuum it at least once every 7 days, and once a year to carry out a thorough cleaning.