How to clean a carpet at home

The carpet gives the room individuality, comfort and elegance. However, it is important that it is always clean, fresh and tidy. The carpet is heavily exposed to various types of pollution. Stains, dirt or dust spoil its appearance. Removing stains can be tedious and often take several hours. Several home remedies can help you clean your carpet quickly.

How to clean a carpet quickly and effectively using home remedies

Washing a large rug is a time-consuming task, which is why many people decide to take the rug to a professional laundry service. Carpets should be cleaned at least once a year and whenever they need it. In autumn and winter they usually need to be washed more often. The service can be expensive, especially if there are several carpets in the apartment.

Cleaning carpets yourself at home and getting professional results is possible with a little patience. It often turns out that mixtures prepared independently at home in combination with a vacuum cleaner can clean even the largest dirt.

Cleaning carpets with natural products

There are quite a few natural remedies that are effective in removing common stains. They can be used alone or in combination with others.
Begin cleaning the carpet by thoroughly vacuuming it. Before washing the carpet, it must be thoroughly vacuumed. It will be much easier to remove stains if you first clean the surface of dust. This is especially important for models with long pile, since dirt and dust penetrate deep into their structure.

The carpet must be vacuumed thoroughly

To remove stains and dirt, you can use various stain removers available in stores. Carpet shampoo is suitable for deeper cleaning of the carpet. Follow package instructions for proper use to avoid damage to carpet and maintain its appearance. Special brushes can be used to remove hair and other fibrous dirt from the carpet.

There are many effective chemical products on the market for refreshing or washing carpets at home, but few people know that such a preparation can be prepared independently. Moreover, compared to a ready-made analogue, it is not only cheaper, but also gentler and safer for delicate fabrics.

Additional Information! You can clean the carpet manually. To do this, first vacuum the carpet and then use a soft sponge or soft brush in combination with a detergent (such as neutral dishwashing detergent) diluted in water. Remember not to rub the carpet too hard or get it too wet to avoid damaging the pile and backing.

Cleaning carpets with potato starch

If you don’t have a special carpet washing powder on hand or don’t want to use chemicals, you can prepare the powder yourself. Mix 4 tbsp. spoons of finely grated soap flakes with about 1.5 tbsp. potato starch, pour onto the carpet and rub in. Wait about 25 minutes and then vacuum thoroughly.

Baking soda is great for dry cleaning carpets

It acts as the best stain remover, additionally neutralizing unpleasant odors. Sprinkle the surface with baking soda and leave for several hours. If possible, do not walk on the carpet at this time. Then vacuum thoroughly and lightly comb the pile.

Vinegar and salt solution

Food vinegar works as effectively as detergents, but is inexpensive and does not cause allergies. There are many home remedies for safe and environmentally friendly cleaning.

Cleaning carpets with natural products

Vinegar, like baking soda, is an excellent cleaning agent. If the carpet is very dirty, and in addition there are stains in some places, the best solution would be to prepare a vinegar-based cleaning liquid.


  • 250 ml vinegar;
  • 500 ml water:
  • 2 tablespoons salt.

Mix everything thoroughly, then pour the liquid into a bottle with a diffuser and spray evenly over the entire surface of the carpet. Leave to dry, then vacuum. The sharp, not very pleasant smell of vinegar will quickly evaporate, especially if the vinegar is mixed with water.

A multicolored rug can be restored to its original vibrancy by making a vinegar and baking soda cleaning solution that removes dirt and stains. Add a glass of vinegar and two heaped tablespoons of baking soda to half a liter of water. The prepared solution is thoroughly sprayed over the entire carpet. You need to wait until it dries and then vacuum it. If your carpet has stubborn stains, you can gently rub the solution into the stain using a sponge.

Removing stains from carpet

The cleaning method must be adapted to the type of contamination. Wax stains from the carpet can be removed with an iron, place a napkin and iron several times.

The best time to clean a red wine stain on a carpet is when it is fresh. Contamination is much easier to remove. To do this, quickly cover the stain with a large amount of salt and wait until it absorbs all the moisture. All that remains is to vacuum the carpet. If the stain is still visible, you can gently wash it with soap and water.

Coffee or tea stains should be moistened generously with water and then wiped with a towel. We need to act quickly. For organic stains, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar (mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water) or a special stain remover for organic stains. Apply the solution to the stain, leave for a few minutes, then gently wipe off.

For organic stains, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar

Grease stains are best treated with alcohol or dishwashing liquid. It is enough to wipe the dirt with salicylic alcohol several times and let it dry, or, to enhance the effect, prepare a solution of alcohol and table salt in a ratio of 1:4.
Oily stains on the carpet can be sprinkled with talcum powder or potato flour and left for the whole day. These products should clean up grease stains.

How to wet clean a carpet?

Wet carpet cleaning

When stains on the carpet are extremely difficult to remove, it will need to be washed. The easiest way to wash a carpet is to dilute fabric washing liquid with water to create a lot of foam. You will need a sponge or soft-bristled brush and rubber gloves. Wipe the carpet with the resulting foam.

This way, the dust is washed away, the appearance of the fiber is refreshed, and in addition, it will acquire a fresh aroma. Small rugs that can be washed by hand or machine.

With any carpet cleaning method, it is important to dry it thoroughly to avoid the formation of mold and unpleasant odors. After washing, place it in the sun or use fans to speed up drying. Some types of carpet (such as delicates) may require professional cleaning.

Note! In order to keep the carpet clean, you need to regularly carry out dry and wet cleaning of the room. The more often you clean, the less dust and dirt will end up on the carpet. Making sure you remove your shoes when entering your home will help reduce the amount of dirt and debris that ends up on your carpets and floors.

Placing rugs at the exits of bathrooms will prevent moisture and dirt from getting into the main carpet. 

If pets or children often sit on the carpet, you can use protective covers to prevent stains from getting onto the carpet.

Maintaining regular hygienic cleaning, professional cleaning when necessary, and preventing stains will help keep your carpet in good condition and increase its lifespan.

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