Synthetic and natural-fiber carpets are the most common types of wall-to-wall carpets in homes chosen by families because of their quality, affordability, and strength. These types of carpets are rather low maintenance and do not require too much of intricate cleaning details. Either of them require different cleaning techniques and materials to be used when making sure they are free from dirt and other unwanted materials.

Generally, carpets can be lightly cleaned regularly by vacuuming the entire surface in a systematic way. Stains and odors can be prevented by avoiding spillage and delayed cleaning of the carpets. Spot cleaning is also a really good practice to keep making sure that dirty spots will not stick to the carpet later, which will become more difficult to remove.

There are plenty of homemade cleaners that you can use at home to remove stains from your carpets before giving up and hiring professional cleaners when it is already necessary. Most of them are made up of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen or bathrooms. Here are some of them.

Synthetic Fiber Carpets

  1. Detergent Solution: Mix ¼ teaspoon of a liquid detergent with 1 cup of lukewarm water
  2. Vinegar Solution: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water
  3. Solvent Solution: oil solvents (such as makeup removers) or a substitute non-acetone nail polish remover can also be used.

The aforementioned solutions can be placed in small amounts on the dirty spots on the carpet and can be mildly scrubbed by a sponge or a soft bristled brush. The cleaning can be completed by patting dry the area with a towel and rinsing with water, and then patted dry again.

Natural Fiber Carpets

  1. Detergent Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon of a liquid detergent with 1 cup of lukewarm water
  2. Vinegar Solution: Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of lukewarm water
  3. Solvent Solution: Same as in synthetic fiber carpets, you may use oil solvents or a substitute non-acetone nail polish remover (such as above)
  4. Ammonia Solution: Mix 1 tablespoon of clear ammonia with ½ cup of lukewarm water.

These natural fiber cleaners are mixed and placed in bottle sprayers rather than poured on the actual carpet surface. The spots are mildly cleaned using a towel and in small circular motions until the stains are removed. The areas are patted dry with another clean towel to remove the remaining solutions on the carpet. Natural fiber cleaners are preferred not to be rinsed.

If you have a steam cleaner, you can use the vinegar solutions stated above and pour it to the liquid container in the cleaner. Use them as how you would normally use your cleaner. One of the benefits of using homemade vinegar solutions is that they are inexpensive and easily made when you have all the ingredients at home. It does not produce chemicals or fumes which makes it safe for kids and pets that roam around the house. These solutions also do not contain any synthetic ingredients that can irritate the respiratory system and cause allergies, except for ammonia which should be handled with care when used.

The most common downside of using such homemade cleaners is that if the solutions are not rinsed or removed properly along with the dirt that it is intended to clean, a mild funny or sour scent might be left from the surface. It is important to make sure that the solutions are completely removed from the carpet to prevent this from happening.

If the stains or odor from the carpet are too strong that these homemade cleaners cannot help, then it is time to call the Santee Carpet Cleaners to help you with your carpets. Our services include deep carpet cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your most valuable carpets. Our professionally trained cleaners will take care of you and your family by making sure that you come home to a home with clean wall-to-wall carpets in all of your rooms.