Your carpet has a nasty stain which needs urgent attention? Don’t rush to the store for a commercial cleaning detergent just yet. In fact, you can take action right away with the help of some white vinegar and an iron, which you already most probably have at home.
Here are the steps you need to follow to clean your carpet with vinegar and an iron:
#1 Remove the liquid
First, remove any excess liquid or solid spilled on your carpet. Use paper towels or a clean cloth to blot off the spilled liquid. Never rub it in or around! To remove solid material spilled on your carpet, use a spoon, spatula or a blunt butter knife.
#2 Apply the vinegar
When you are done, hoover the spot thoroughly to remove any residues. Make a quick and easy mix of 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water. Pour it into a spray bottle for easier application.
Find a clean cloth which can cover the stain, dampen it with water and wring it out. Place it over the stained area.
#3 Use the iron
Plug in your iron in the closest outlet to the stain and set it to the highest temperature steam setting and let it heat up. Use the spray bottle to spray the cotton cloth which is spread over the stain. Spray it thoroughly. Use the iron and steam clean the cloth covering the stain until the stain is gone. This should help remove tough stains such as wine, orange juice, wax and coffee.
#4 Tips for greasy stains
For greasy stains, you may want to use a cloth dampened with water and a little dish washing detergent. Use a lower heat setting on your iron to clean the stain. Candle wax spilled on your carpet shouldn’t alarm you. There is an easy fix again with the help of an iron. Remove as much wax as you can with the help of a spatula or a spoon. Cover the area with several paper towels and iron them over with an iron set at a low temperature. The wax will transfer to the paper towels. If the stain remains and appears greasy, cover it with baking soda or cornstarch and let it sit. After that Hoover, the powder off, and the stain should be gone.
You can actually clean your whole carpet with the help of the damp cloth, dish washing detergent or white vinegar and an iron. Make sure that you are careful not to burn the carpet though! Keep wetting and wringing the cloth as you go. If you think you can’t deal with this task, call professional cleaners. They know what to do.