DIY carpet cleaner

carpetOne too many times I’ve experienced the feeling of sheer horror when, in the middle of telling a particularly animated story, I knock a full glass of red wine onto the carpet of a flat I am renting. So luckily for you, I have had to try and test various deposit-proof ways of ensuring your carpet stays squeaky clean so that the landlord never suspects a thing.

Store bought carpet cleaner is not evil, but there are definitely benefits to just making your own or following these tips, such as costing loss and having  less packaging and unhealthy chemicals.

So here are my nifty tips for cleaning a messy carpet:

For stains

  • Don’t rub the stain with anything as this forces the stain into the fibres of the carpet. Just blot instead.
  • For wine and similar stains: the best first response is to dab up as much as possible  with a dry paper towel or cloth, and then liberally pour salt over the stain to absorb the rest of the liquid. Vacuum up the salt and then use any of the stain remover options in the next point-
  • We’ve found this carpet cleaner option from savvysugar to be quite useful (and cheap!). All you do is mix a teaspoon of dish washing liquid, a tablespoon of white vinegar, a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda into a spray bottle. easy!

For smells

  • If your carpet smells really weird and you don’t know why (like that one time Kasia and I brought a reindeer hide back from Norway thinking it was treated when in reality it was rotting on our carpet and stinking out the whole house), don’t just spray febreeze on it and think it’ll be okay . All you have to do is pour soda crystals on the carpet, leave it overnight to fully absorb all the weird smells, then vacuum it up in the morning. Soda crystals are a natural, versatile, cheap option for cleaning anything. This method avoids using the various unhealthy chemicals found in febreeze, and your carpet will smell like flowers and fresh laundry and rainbows on a summers day

If you have any other tips for zapping nasty carpet stains away, let us know in the comments!

-Anna

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