A carpet adds beauty and coziness to your home. It allows you to walk barefoot by protecting you from the cold that comes from the floor. You need to therefore, keep it clean. Dirt and stains are inevitable and if not washed can pose a health danger to you and your loved ones. When the dirt accumulates, it becomes difficult for you to hide or ignore it. However don’t be quick to call for carpet cleaning services when you can do the cleaning yourself. You can clean your carpet by hand and save yourself the cost of paying professional cleaners. Here is a step by step guide on how you can wash your carpet without using a machine.
- The first thing you need to do is to move your furniture to another room. Furniture will give you a lot of distractions when you are cleaning your carpet. Hence, to allow enough space, you need to move them out. For heavy furniture that cannot be removed, place plastics under their legs to protect it from being damaged by water. Also check to pick up any toys, papers or other objects too.
- Sweep the carpet to loosen dirt. Sometimes particles may accumulate into the carpet fibers. To loosen the dirt particles, you need to sweep your carpet. Sweeping will give you a much easier time as it helps in reducing the dirt.
- It may be harder to sweep away loose dirt and pet hair. Hence you need to vacuum to ensure that all dirt is removed before starting to use water on your carpet. Also, remember to vacuum the edges and the baseboards as they tend to collect dirt. Vacuum horizontally and vertically since carpet fibers are twisted and going both directions will ensure you reach every part of the fiber.
- Fill your bucket with water and white vinegar in equal ratio. Add also a mild dish soap that does not bleach then mix the solution. The soap is for forming a foam that will make your work easier and the white vinegar is used to remove stains. You don’t need to worry about the smell of vinegar as it will go away after airing the carpet. Also, it is advisable that you use laundry soap and do not apply it directly on the carpet.
- Time to get your hands dirty. You can either use the sponge or a brush to clean your carpet. Dip your sponge or your scrub brush into the bucket and start scrubbing the carpet using the cleaning solution. Remember the aim is not to get the carpet saturated but just a little wet. Therefore use enough of the mixture on the scrub brush. Work in small sections that are manageable as otherwise your carpet may not be adequately cleaned.
- Once you are satisfied with the scrubbing, vacuum the carpet again. You can use either wet or dry vacuum. Vacuuming at this stage helps in picking up excess water and foam so that rinsing may be easy.
- Empty the bucket and fill with clean water. Dip a rag or a cloth towel and ring it out. Then start to scrub the carpet again still doing small sections at a time. Repeat this till all the foam is picked out of the carpet.
- Let the carpet dry. You can open the windows and doors to help air circulate the room for quick drying. Or you can also use a floor fan to encourage fast drying. You may also choose to use an air conditioner, dryers, and air movers. It may take between 6-12 hours for your carpet to dry and during this period do not walk on it.
- When the carpet is lightly damp, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over it. Baking soda will help in moisture absorption and removal of odors. Then use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda advisably in the morning.
Tips on Removing Stains from the Carpet
Stubborn stains will require more than just a brush and vacuuming to get out of the carpet. If you are not planning to call a professional carpet cleaning company, you need to know how to remove different kinds of stains.
1. Blot Stains Don’t Rub Them
Rubbing causes the stain particles to be embedded into the carpet fibers resulting into a breakdown of those fibers. Blotting soaks up the stains.
2. Use Glycerin on Dry Stains
Rub glycerin into the dry stain and leave for the night then wash it with soapy water.
3. Shaving Cream for Any Stains
Shaving cream is the best stain remover for all kinds of stains. Apply the shaving cream on the stain, allow it to set and blot it away using a dry white cloth.
4. Remove Chewing Gums Using Ice
Freeze the gum with ice cubes for some seconds then lift up the glob using a spoon and after cut the strands of the carpet close to the gum.
5. Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Blood Stains
Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain after you have loosened the dried blood with warm water. Then blot the hydrogen peroxide with towels to dry the carpet.
Carpet cleaning helps the carpet to look fresh and new always. Make it a habit to clean your carpet regularly to keep your family from diseases and your pets clean. When trying a new cleaning product remember first to test it on a small area. You can always contact a professional carpet cleaner if you are having doubts about cleaning your carpet.