Having to remove carpet stains is inevitable if you have a dog, a cat or a toddler.
At some stage, you will be cleaning up something nasty off the carpet (ie poo, wee or vomit). Getting professional carpet cleaners can cost your left leg but have no fear, SAHM can help!
What to do first!
First, mop up the excess moisture as quickly as you can. The quicker you can attend to a mess, the better chance you have of getting it out! If you have some soda water on hand, dampen a cloth well and apply to the stain and sponge it up. If it is still there, make up the following mixture:
- 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
Work the liquid into the stain and blot it dry with a clean towel.
For a Stinky Stain
Another way to clean your carpet quickly (especially if there’s been something smelly on it) is to put about 10 drops of eucalyptus oil into a spray bottle of water, then spray it onto the stain and wipe up with a damp cloth. We also have a terrific home made carpet deodoriser recipe to try too!
Home Made Carpet Shampoo
This recipe is great for allergy sufferers:
- 1 cake Sunlight Soap
- 1/2 bucket warm water
- 1 tablespoon (30 grams) Cream of Tartar
Grate a cake of Sunlight Soap into a half filled bucket of warm water. Add two litres of boiling water, mixed with 30 grams of cream of tartar. Shampoo carpet without saturating and dry with a clean cloth or towel. Make sure you turn on your ceiling fans or open all the windows to allow air to circulate and dry the area.