We here at The Cleaning Monkey get a lot of questions about how to remove stains and substances from carpets, without having to call a professional. Of course, we would love to come out and help you, but these are some at home tricks you can use.
Don’t rub them!
It is important to always blot the stain, add a small amount of cleaning solution on your cloth or sponge and apply a soft amount of pressure, on the outside of the stain towards the inside of the stain. When you rub the stain, you risk grinding the stain into the fibers of your carpet.
Does Club Soda Really Work?
The short answer YES. Club Soda can be great for lifting light stains out fo the carpet, if you need something a little bit stronger, try using a mixture of vinegar and water. Use an empty spray bottle and add equal parts water and white vinegar, lightly spray directly on to the stain, or on to a towel or cloth.
- Shaving Cream
One of the best cleaners that you can use and find just laying around your home, is shaving cream. Useful on most general stains, apply a small amount to the stain and let sit for 30 mins. (important side note, don’t use colored shaving creams as this can also add stains to the carpet.
We’ve all done it, and we know that this is the worst) we step on gun outside of our home, and then we track it into the house and its nearly impossible to get out. Ice to the rescue! Head to your freezer and grab some ice, hold it against the gum, when the gum is frozen solid use a knife or scissors to cut the gum away, cut as close to the gum as possible, if you only remove a small amount of fibers from the carpet, it won’t be noticeable.
We don’t really know how this happens but let’s be real it does. You get some grease on your carpet, and then you start to panic, because you know that using water or other cleaners might make it worse. Try this a simple solution of dish soap and water, if the stain is really bad you can also try adding a few drops regular grease-fighting dish detergent directly on to the stain, and then blot the stain with a damp towel or cloth.
- Candle Wax
This can be one of the hardest materials to remove from your carpet unless you know this one simple trick. Take an Iron, and some paper or towels. Place the towels or the paper on the wax, and the run the heated iron over the paper or towel. Don’t press to hard, let the paper or the towel, do the soaking for you. You might need to change the paper or the towel a few times, when it gets soaked.
- Oh no, I bled all over the Carpet!
So we’ve all been there, there is some blood on the carpet, and we laugh to ourselves on how to get it out, wondering what someone will think if they ever see your browser history. Not to worry here is an easy tip. Hydrogen Peroxide use a small amount directly on the stain, or use a mixture of water and peroxide and spray the stain, you will notice that as soon as the hydrogen peroxide hits the blood it will start to foam, this is normal and how you know its working. Blot the stain clean and then rinse the area with warm water and a mild detergent.
- Pet Stains
There are many different types of cleaning agents that are sold in stores and advertised as being able to “clean” the pet stain. It’s important to use only 100% natural products, try to avoid anything with “soap” in the ingredients, the soap gets held in the fibers of the carpet, and then attracts more dirt, making the area continually dirty.
- Crushed Hard Candy
With kids or even adults sometimes, hard candy getting ground into the carpet becomes somewhat of an inevitable thing. When this happens in your home, don’t fret, the cleaning monkey has got you covered. Use a butter knife, or spoon to scrape as much of the candy out of the fibers, while also using warm water and a mild soap blot the sugar out of the carpet, you want to make sure to get all of the sugar, as it will attract more dirt to the carpet.
- Long Lasting Carpets
Carpets whether they come with your new home or you purchase them yourself are an investment. The best way to keep them looking and feeling like new is to have them professionally deep cleaned on a regular basis.
Just how often is really up to you, but here are some guidelines, the minimum recommendation for carpet cleaning is every year, even with light traffic, dust and dirt can settle into the house and then get ground into the carpets.
Homes with only adults or with older kids might get away with a cleaning every 6 months or so. If you have younger kids or especially pets, then we recommend getting your carpets cleaned every 3 to 4 months.
Pets step in many things when they are outside, and unless they are super well trained, will not stop and wipe their feet on the mat. The high-temperature water and professional cleaning agents kill any bacteria along with deep cleaning the fibers.