There are few things at home that are more comforting than walking barefoot on a nice, fresh carpet. While wooden floors – and even some laminates – look lovely, you just can’t beat a lush carpet for warmth and comfort all year round. However, carpet is definitely more difficult to maintain; keeping it looking and feeling just as good as new. Just regular foot traffic, placement of furniture, and the occasional spill, can have your carpet looking dull in a very short space of time. This is even more true if you have pets or children too.
Dents from furniture, odors, and stains on your carpets can often leave you thinking that you need to either replace your carpet completely, hire a professional carpet cleaner, or get your hands dirty with some expensive carpet cleaning products. But, that’s not true. With these 5 DIY tips, you’ll be able to rejuvenate and revive your carpet, bringing it back to it’s fresh, like-new state.
Let’s get started…
1. Removing Furniture Dents
Redecorating your room when you have carpets can be difficult, as any heavy piece of furniture you move will reveal unpleasant looking dents in your carpet. A lot of people try to brush over the carpet to remove the dents, but you may be surprised to learn that there is a much easier and far more effective way to fluff your carpet back up – ice. Simply place a few ice cubes on any dents in your carpet and allow them to melt. The carpet will absorb the water and you’ll be able to fluff it back up easily without causing any damage to your carpet.
Once the carpet has fluffed back up, you can simply use some paper towels to mop up the excess water and your carpet will look as good as new!
2. Spot Cleaning With Shaving Foam
Shaving cream can be a great help in removing stubborn stains or spills from your carpet. Simply apply a small amount of foam on the surface of the stain and let it sink in for around 30 minutes. Once the foam has had a good chance to sink in to the stain, start to gently scrub and blot it with a small brush. It helps if you dip the brush into warm water before you start, and move the brush in a circular pattern, working your way from the outside edges of the stain, in towards the center. You should start to notice the stain lifting away almost instantly after you start brushing.
3. Spot Cleaning With Vinegar
This technique requires baking soda (or cream soda) as well as vinegar, but all of these are things that most people will have in their home. Both vinegar and baking soda are ingredients that have been used to help clean in households for decades, and the results from these natural techniques can be on-par with professional carpet cleaning products. This method of cleaning should be done in the same way as the shaving foam method, allowing the vinegar and baking soda mixture to sit on the stain for around 30 minutes to give it a chance to sink in, and it may take a few applications of the mixture to fully remove the stain.
4. Homemade Carpet Deodorizer
If you’re a pet owner, then you’re probably all too familiar with the smell that they leave behind when they’re resting on your carpet. You can buy deodorizers for your carpet, but they’re not cheap and they’re often filled with all sorts of chemicals which you don’t really want to be breathing in all day long. Luckily, it’s very simple to create your own homemade spray treatment which will deodorize your carpets. All you need is:
- 2oz water
- 2oz Listerine mouthwash
- 4oz baking soda
- 2oz white vinegar
- 14 drops of your favorite essential oil
Simply mix all of these ingredients into a spray bottle and give it a good shake, then spray it on your carpets as often as you like. It’s completely natural, contains no dangerous chemicals, and is highly effective at removing odors.
5. Utilise Area Rugs & Door Mats
Using door mats and area rugs are a great way to prevent any dirt from getting on your main carpet in the first place. If you place a door mat by your front door, and by your back door, this gives people a chance to wipe off their shoes before they even lay a foot on your main carpet.
Area rugs can also be used in high traffic areas, such as the main places in your home where you hang out, or along the hallways. This will keep your main carpet protected, preventing potential dirt and damage.
With these DIY tips, you should be able to tackle any general wear and tear on your carpets and bring them back to good health. Most of the products you need to perform any of the tips above, are things that most of us will have around the house, so you don’t need to go out and buy any special cleaning products either!
If you have tried any of these tips, please let us know in the comments so you can validate the effectiveness for our other readers, and if you have any of your own DIY carpet cleaning tips, please feel free to share those in the comments section too!