5 Cleaning Hacks To Keep Your Carpets Fresh

Carpets are home items that can both spruce up and complete a room. They are also home items that we use (to be more accurate, step on) on a daily basis, but don’t quite pay sufficient attention to. From spilled drinks to pet accidents, our carpets go through a lot. 

With carpets typically being used from anywhere between 3 to 15 years, it’s important to learn how to take care of them, so that they can continue looking and smelling fresh for the many years to come. Here are some 5 cleaning hacks all carpet-owners need to be aware of, to keep your carpets fresh:

  1. Spilled a drink on your carpet? Try this
  2. Say goodbye to dents and flat spots by fluffing your carpet
  3. Pamper session gone wrong?
  4. Smelly carpet? Give this hack a shot. 
  5. Pet parents, this one's for you. 

1. Spilled a drink on your carpet? Try this

Toppled wine glass on white carpet leaving behind a large wine stain

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After spilling a drink on your carpet and leaving a colored stain, you might fall into a state of panic as you worry about whether you’ve permanently destroyed your carpet. This is particularly so when dealing with light-colored carpets. Well, fret not! With this simple method that uses items that you probably already have at home, you should be able to get rid of the stain(s) in no time. 

What you need: 

  • 1 part vinegar 
  • 3 parts water
  • A towel (preferably an old one that you don't mind dirtying)
  • An iron (Why an iron, you might ask? Well, the pressure and heat emitted from the iron can actually help with transferring the stain from your carpet to your towel, effectively leaving your carpet looking brand-new again.)

Directions:

  • Create your vinegar and water mixture.
  • With this mixture, lightly dab the stained area and give it some time to work its magic (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Place a towel on the stained area and apply your heated iron. 

Tip: When trying to eliminate stains on a carpet, a common natural reaction is to rub the area as hard as possible. However, doing so could actually make things worse, by pushing the stain further into the fibers. Hence, as much as possible, always try to avoid rubbing. Instead, lightly blot the stained area with a clean cloth or towel.

2. Say goodbye to dents and flat spots by fluffing your carpet

Wooden chair leaving behind a dent on a grey carpet

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Got rid of old furniture only to realize that they’ve left a dent or flat spot on your carpet? Or maybe you’re dealing with a spot that receives a lot more foot traffic than the others. Dents or flat spots don’t necessarily mean that you need to find an alternative piece of furniture to cover them up, nor does it signal that it’s time to replace your carpet. All you need to do is to fluff your carpet and this process is much easier than you might think!

What you need: 

  • Handful of ice cubes
  • A towel or paper towels 
  • An iron 

Directions: 

  • Simply place a couple of ice cubes on the affected areas and leave them to melt.
  • Once the ice cubes have fully melted, use a towel to soak up the excess moisture.
  • Similar to the previous hack, place an iron above the towel, and iron it until it’s completely dry.
  • Leave your carpet alone for a couple of hours, to let it air dry, before using your fingers to gently fluff up the affected area. 

3. Pamper session gone wrong? 

Bottle of nail polish spilled all over a cream coloured carpet

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It’s been a long and tiring week. All you want is to be able to wind down and relax. You then decide to give yourself a pamper session. You’ve taken a nice, long bath and it’s now time to put on a face mask whilst you give yourself a mani-pedi. It’s been a few minutes and you’re halfway through your mani-pedi session when some of your nail polish drips onto your carpet. In panic, you quickly dab some of your nail polish remover onto your stained carpet, only to realize that you’ve damaged your carpet. 

To avoid damaging your carpet, try this hack!

What you need: 

  • Small knife (e.g butter knife, palette knife)
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Towel

Directions: 

  • Leave the nail polish that's spilled on your carpet to fully dry.
  • Once it's fully dried, use a small knife to remove as much of the dried polish as possible.
  • Using a small amount of rubbing alcohol, gently dab the area with a towel, until the nail polish completely dissolves.

4. Smelly carpet? Give this hack a shot. 

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Having guests over soon, only to realize that your carpet isn’t smelling as fresh as you’d want it to be? Make your own DIY carpet deodorant that will leave your carpet smelling fresh, creating the illusion of walking through a field of flowers. 

What you need: 

  • 450g Baking Soda 
  • 10 to 20 drops of an Essential Oil of choice 
  • Vacuum 
  • Air-tight container (optional) 

Directions 

  • In a container or bowl, mix the baking soda together with 10 to 20 drops of essential oil (the amount depends on how strong you’d like the scent to be).
  • Once your mixture is ready, sprinkle some of it onto your carpet just like how you would sprinkle icing sugar on a cake.
  • Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before giving your carpet a thorough vacuum.
  • Keep any leftovers in an air-tight container so that you can use it for your next carpet cleaning session. 

5. Pet parents, this one’s for you

Puppy had a potty accident on the carpet, being disciplined by little girl

As all pet parents would be familiar with, regardless of how well your pets have been potty trained, accidents can always happen. Not only can such accidents leave a stain on your carpet, they can also leave behind an unpleasant odour, one that you definitely wouldn’t want to have to smell 24/7. Rather than throwing your carpet away, here’s a quick hack that will eliminate the stain and odor in a matter of minutes!

The secret ingredient? Baking soda. Not only is baking soda a perfect ingredient for absorbing liquids, it’s also extremely effective at eliminating odours.

What you need: 

  • Towel or Paper towels
  • Baking Soda
  • Vacuum 

Directions:

  • To begin, use either a towel or some paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible.
  • Once the towels or paper towels are soaked, pour some baking soda onto the soiled area and let it sit for a couple of hours, preferably overnight.
  • To finish up, thoroughly vacuum the area to get rid of all the baking soda, to reveal a carpet that both looks and smells fresh. 


References: 

  1. https://www.londoncleanprof.co.uk/post/17-carpet-cleaning-hacks-you-must-see 

  2. https://ohsospotless.com/carpet-cleaning-hacks/ 

  3. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/how-to-get-rid-smell-dog-urine/ 




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