Imagine you have guests over and one of them spills wine all over the floor, all over your carpet. No matter how hard you try, wiping it clean will only make it worse. There’s no need to shed any tears, yet, because this was only one scenario. There are plenty of other ways that can result in your carpet becoming dirty – someone brings in dirt on their shoes or spills food crumbs all over.
Here is how you can ensure that your bedroom carpet holds on to its brand-new tag. We’ve jotted down some of the best tips for removing carpet stains – smart vacuuming and carpet steam cleaner.
- Coffee stains
If you’ve spilt coffee over your carpet, take a towel or some tissue paper, and blot up as much of the coffee as possible. Then, mix a tablespoon of liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of lukewarm water. Use a clean cloth and wipe down the stain until it disappears.
- Oil or grease stain
We know how hard it is to remove oil stains from the kitchen floor, but if it soaks into your carpet, it becomes even harder to get rid of. You can always minimize the damage by blotting any excess oil and using a grease-fighting detergent to remove any stain. If you do not have a grease-fighting detergent or carpet cleaning product, you can apply a mixture of water and dishwashing soap to the stain and blot the affected area.
- Scrape off dirt
When your kids have brought dirt on their shoes or your pets decided to run around the room after they’ve splashed on the mud outdoors, and you can just hear the sirens go off in your head. Relax and take a deep breath. If it’s just sand you’re worried about, you can use a vacuum cleaner. If it’s mud, allow it dry completely before scraping it off. Use a detergent solution and let it sit on the stain for at least 10 minutes and then blot it with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Wine (or juice)
Wine stains can be quite difficult to get rid of but are certainly not impossible to remove. If you have a natural-fiber carpet and you’ve spilt wine or juice on it, spritz the stain with a vinegar solution or club soda, and blot it with a dry white cloth. It will be as if there never was a spot or stain on your good as new carpet. If the stain still remains, apply carpet stain remover as directed on the bottle, and watch your carpet return to its pre-stain condition.
Stains and dirt are easy to tackle but what if the stench remains? You probably won’t like sitting in the room and after a while, room fresheners won’t help. In this case, sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda over the surface of the carpet. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes and then vacuum.
If you want your place to smell like a field of roses (too much?), well, just smell nice, then mix 500 ml of warm water with 12 drops of essential oil (any fragrance) and spray it over the area. Let it dry. If you have a pet, it is likely that they leave behind odours as well as germs and bacteria, so the most important thing you want the essential oil to be is antibacterial (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, among others).