DIY Tips: How to Clean Your Carpet at Home

Cleaning your carpet shouldn’t always have to be a financial strain. While there are professional cleaning services that can certainly get the job done for you, it’s always beneficial to have a trick or two up your sleeves, to help minimise the damage dealt to your wallet.

Professionals have an arsenal of purpose-made tools and machinery that effectively deep-clean your carpets, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy fix to clean out your carpets yourself, then read on – because here’s what you’d need to get started!

stain on carpetPrerequisites

Before conducting any sort of cleaning on your carpet, it’s essential to take note of its existing condition. For starters, it’s always a good habit to remove any visible solid particles as this helps prevent them from getting further embedded into your carpet, making it harder to clean.

Box of Cleaning Tools

Secondly, you’ll have to prepare a variety of items that’ll serve as your cleaning tools:

  • Vacuum Cleaner Machine
  • Lint roller
  • Paper towels
  • Clean microfiber cloth
  • Clear liquid soap

Method 1 – Regular Vacuuming

Vacuuming a Carpet

The vacuum should be your go-to equipment for cleaning and maintaining your carpet. It’s definitely possible to keep your carpets clean without bringing in heavy cleaning equipment and chemicals – as long as your vacuum your carpet regularly enough!

Without vacuuming your carpet, you’re essentially allowing dust and dirt to remain on the fibres of your carpet. It should go without saying that this is what causes your carpet to smell bad and look dull over time. By using a vacuum with strong suction to clean your carpet a few times a week, you’ll find that your carpet tends to last forever and look as if it was bought yesterday!

Method 2 – Using A Lint Roller to Remove Pet Fur

Vacuuming isn’t the only way to maintain the cleanliness of your carpet. If you’re a pet parent, a lint roller would come in handy. Get in the habit of using a lint roller to remove pet fur from your carpet! This helps your carpet to remain clean in between your vacuuming sessions, and it takes a lot less effort and time to use a lint roller as compared to a vacuum.

Man using lint roller on carpet

Use the lint roller whenever you notice a visible build-up of pet fur. You could also take note of where your pet usually lazes around to find out which area you should be using the lint roller on. Additionally, a good way to prevent fur from getting embedded in your carpet in the first place is to brush and groom your pet more frequently with – you guessed it, the lint roller!

Method 3 – Spot Cleaning

We all have our days. Spilling anything on your carpet is indeed troublesome, but if you treat the stain immediately, chances are you’ll be able to get rid of it. For liquid spills, immediately blot away the moisture with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. For cleaning mud stains or dropped food, use the edge of a credit card or a dull knife to lift away the solids. Never rub a solid stain as this will push the sold deeper into the fibres of the carpet, making it a lot harder to remove.

Man scrubbing red wine stain on a carpet

After removing the initial stain, it’s time to spray some clear liquid soap onto it. Continue blotting the stain with the clear liquid soap. Never rub or scrub the stain as this can further staining. Knowing how to spot clean is an essential life skill for when accidents such as pet stains, dropping of food and spilling of liquid occurs – and these are rather common occurrences, by the way!

Method 4 – Engage A Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

Truth be told, there’s only so much that can be done with DIY methods. If all else fails, your final option should be to engage a professional carpet cleaning service if dirt and stains can’t be removed with these DIY methods. Professional carpet cleaners are equipped with specialised machinery and skillsets that almost always get the job done. Besides, when the going gets tough, it’s always wiser to leave it to the professionals to prevent the possibility of making things worse!

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