If you are like most homeowners, you have had your fair share of stains and spills on the carpet. As the stains manifest themselves, you are probably wondering if you need to call for professionals or if you can treat the problem yourself. It is always a good idea to call a professional, but in some cases you may not be able to. Luckily, there are some common household items that you can use to clean your carpets. Here are a few.
1. Dishwasher Soap
Many people mistakenly think that dishwasher soap only works in the dishwasher. Although it is effective at cleaning dishes, it can also clean grease off your carpets. Dishwasher soap has a grease-fighting formula that will break up grease and remove it from any surface it comes in contact with, even carpet.
In order to clean your carpets with dishwasher soap, take the soap and mix it with water to make a solution. Then spray it on the greased area and let it sit for just a few moments, after which you blot it up with a clean towel. You may need to do this multiple times depending on the stain, but eventually you will see a difference.
2. Club Soda
Club soda is probably one of the most versatile cleaning supplies there is. You may think it is only for drinking, but it is known to be very effective in cleaning stains off the upholstery and carpet. Simply put the club soda on any stain or dirty area and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then blot it up and you will be amazed at how much dirt came up with it. This is an inexpensive, yet great way to clean small stains off your carpets.
3. Baking Soda
Assume that you have cleaned up the area so that it looks good, but now there is an unpleasant smell that you simply cannot get rid of. Baking soda is a great deodorizer. You can sprinkle it on any surface and it will help to remove odors. Ideally you should let the baking soda sit for a long period of time, even over night if possible. Then vacuum up the soda from the area, and enjoy the clean, odorless smell from your carpet. You should be doing this regularly regardless of whether or not there were visible stains and problems.
These are just 3 common household items that can help to keep your carpets clean. For tougher stains that you can't get out on your own, consider contacting a residential cleaning service for assistance.