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5 Easy Ways to Clean Your Carpet at Home

Junie Sihlangu
May 12, 2021
06:30 P.M.
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Most homes tend to have carpets to beautify them or add a bit of warmth, but these accessories can be difficult to clean. Below we look at five ways to help you keep it clean.

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We all know that feeling when you bring home a new carpet for your living room, and it fits perfectly! However, in a few months (or weeks), wine stains, hairs, and so much more built-up stains.

Now comes the stressful trouble of either trying to clean it on your own or affording a company to do it for you. Well, don’t despair; we’ve compiled five effective and easiest ways to get it brand spanking new in no time!

A cozy well-decorated bedroom interior with a beautiful picture and large mirror | Photo: Shutterstock/New Africa

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USE SHAMPOO

One of the ways to get your carpet looking clean is by using some shampoo like Scotchgard in a carpet cleaning machine such as Vax or Bissell. It’s suggested you do this every three months.

Scotchguard is particularly good because it has a stain protector added for the carpet's fibers. If you can’t afford a carpet machine or don’t have space for it, perhaps hiring one could be a better option.

A dog sitting and sulking on a carpet | Photo: Pixabay/heathergunn

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A LINT ROLLER

Sometimes you find yourself failing to remove crumbs, hair, and other small particles from your carpet even when you use a vacuum cleaner. The easiest thing you could use is a lint roller.

This household item is affordable and easy to use as you can just glide it across your carpet, and it’ll pick up all those pesky particles. If your carpet is quite large, the process could go quicker with the help of others.

A rolled-up woven carpet waiting to be collected | Photo: Pixabay/Vedran Brnjetic

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REMOVING WINE STAINS

We love our red wine, but it can be damning for light-colored carpets. Start by blotting the stain with absorbent clothes before saturating it with Wine Away that you will allow to sit for five minutes.

Then blot it again until the stain has gone completely, with any leftover residue being removed with a damp cloth. Stubborn stains need to be blotted with 1/2 tsp white vinegar, 1/2 tsp dish liquid, and 2 cups of warm water.

A cat playing on a carpet while its owner scolds it with a finger | Photo: Pixabay/Florian Höllmüller

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SQUEEGEE’S TO THE RESCUE

People with pets know how difficult it is to remove their hairs from carpets. Besides using a lint roller, if you don’t have one, you could opt for the window cleaning squeegee to save the day!

Even though it’s intended for cleaning windows to leave them shiny and sparkly, its design is great to gather the hairs of your carpet. The handle area also makes it comfortable to hold while doing your task.

The head of a vacuum cleaner working over a carpet | Photo: Pixabay/Michal Jarmoluk

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USING ALCOHOL

One day you’re sitting on your couch doing your nails and then accidentally spill some nail polish on your beautiful carpet. You start thinking of how you’ll need to burn it and throw it out, but there is a better solution.

You could use clear rubbing alcohol to remove the offensive stain, but only after you’ve allowed the nail polish to dry completely. Chip it off with a butter knife, then dab a cloth with alcohol on the stain until it dissolves.

A couch sitting in a well-decorated living with cushions for decoration | Photo: Pixabay/StockSnap

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COUCH CLEANING

As an added tip, we’ve also added some guidelines on how to clean your couch. You could use the brush attachment that comes with your vacuum or use a hand vacuum to get to the nooks or crannies.

Metal or wood areas should be wiped down with a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap. Stains can be removed with furniture cleaners or homemade ones that will be much cheaper and kinder to the couch.

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