How to clean a carpet in five easy steps

IF you had guests around, or have children and pets always running around the house, your carpets can easily pile up dirt and have stains made on them.

This is a five-step guide on how you can easily clean you carpet and have it as good as new.

How to clean a carpet?

We are going to give you a simple guide on how to clean your carpet, and also try to save money while doing so.

Before you start make sure that you have a vacuum cleaner ready, some borax, salt and vinegar, some plastic bags and possibly a fan.

Now you're ready to get cleaning.

Clear the carpet

If you have any furniture or shoes or other items on your carpet, clear them off.

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If you have heavy furniture on the carpet, just put some pieces of rubber or plastic around the edges so that it does not sustain any damage by the cleaning products used.

Remember to remove anything that might get in the way of the vacuum cleaner and make sure that there isn't anything which is making your carpet curl or wrinkle.

Dust might collect between the carpet and then you wouldn't be able to clean it, so make sure that the carpet is as flat as possible.

Vacuum your carpet

Vacuum your carpet to remove any dust and debris from it.

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Start from the back of the room to the front, and then vice versa.

Vacuuming your carpet while alternating between vertical and horizontal strides helps to get the dust out of the carpet fiber.

This can be a headache, especially if you have pets, but vacuuming the way we said above should help get all the dirt out.

Create a cleaning solution

You can either purchase a carpet cleaner which will do the job for you, or else we have a carpet cleaner solution which you can make from household items.

Mixing borax, salt and vinegar together, creates a solution which can remove stains off your carpet.

All you need is a quarter of a cup of each ingredient, mix together and you're good to start getting the stains off.

Cleaning your carpet using the solution

Wear plastic bags on your shoes and make sure not be barefoot while cleaning your carpet, because this solution, or any other one which you buy from the store, might make your feet irritated.

Apply the solution to dirty stains and parts of your carpet and let it rest on the carpet for three hours or until it dries.

You can use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum any of the solution on your carpet.

Dry the solution

Open up any possible windows and doors in the room and turn on an electric fan to help the carpet dry faster.

It should dry up in six hours but it might take more.

We suggest that you leave the carpet to dry for 24 hours so that you do not risk having any mold form on it.

Remove the plastic from the edges of furniture, if you've put any, after the carpet fully dries up.

How to get blood out of a carpet?

To get blood out of a carpet, you just need to follow four simple steps.

So first, if there is any excess blood on the carpet, remove it with a white paper towel or cloth.

Make sure that you do not rub it in even more, or else it might spread, instead dab the blood stain.

Then apply cold water to the stain using a white paper towel or cloth and this should help in removing the stain.

Make sure not to use warm water, because this makes the blood stain bigger and more permanent into the carpet.

If the stain is not removed by simply applying water, then add some potato starch to it and leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Vacuum the carpet after that, and if the stain is still there, use a carpet stain remover on the blood stain.

The remover should come with its guidelines on how to use it.

In another explainer, we also showed you how to remove a blood stain from a mattress.

How to get wax out of a carpet?

If you have some candles in your living room to create a nice atmosphere and some wax fell on your carpet, we also have a way of how you can get that out.

You will need some ice bag or ice pack, a butter knife, and iron or a hair dryer, a paper towel or a brown paper bag, a carpet cleaning solution like the one I told you about above and a vacuum cleaner.

To get the wax out:

  1. Freeze the wax by putting the ice bag or ice pack on it for about 10 minutes.
  2. Once the wax freezes, scrape it off with a butter knife and remove it from the carpet using your vacuum cleaner.
  3. On top of the remaining wax stain, place a paper towel or the brown paper bag and run it over with iron and this will start to absorb the wax. Make sure not to turn on the heat level or else you risk burning the bag below and the carpet.
  4. Finally, repeat the first process that I told you about removing stains from your carpet with the solution, so that it is good as new.

How to get indents out of a carpet?

If your carpet has dents in it, there is a very easy process to remove it.

Simply heat up your iron to a reasonable temperature.

Place a damp cloth over the dent and apply the iron to it, making sure that the steam is off.

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Once you fully do that, remove the cloth and fluff up the carpet using a spoon.

You can repeat the process till the indentation is removed.

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