How to Clean Carpet at Home

Lenard Nagy
Feb 20, 2024

Do you want to keep your carpet looking fresh and new without spending a fortune on professional cleaning services? If so, you are not alone. This is a common challenge faced by many people, especially if they have kids, pets, or frequent guests. Carpets can easily get stained, dirty, and smelly over time, and regular vacuuming is not enough to remove all the dirt and odours.

In this blog post, we will show you how to clean carpet at home using different techniques, such as spot cleaning, steam cleaning, and dry cleaning. We will also give you some tips on how to prevent carpet stains and damage, and how to choose the best products and tools for carpet cleaning. By the end of this post, you will have a clear idea of how to clean carpet at home and make it look as good as new.

Why Should You Clean Your Carpet Regularly?

Cleaning your carpet regularly is not only important for aesthetic reasons, but also for health and hygiene reasons. Here are some of the benefits of cleaning your carpet regularly:

Improves the appearance and lifespan

Dirt, dust, and stains can make your carpet look dull, faded, and worn out. Cleaning your carpet regularly can restore its colour, texture, and softness, and prevent it from getting damaged by abrasion and friction.

Removes allergens and bacteria

Carpets can harbour dust mites, mould, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens and bacteria that can trigger allergies, asthma, and infections. Cleaning your carpet regularly can eliminate these harmful microorganisms and improve the air quality in your home.

Eliminates odours and stains

Carpets can absorb spills, food crumbs, urine, vomit, and other substances that can cause unpleasant odours and stains. Cleaning your carpet regularly can remove these odours and stains and make your carpet smell fresh and clean.

How to Clean Carpet at Home: Different Methods

There are different methods of cleaning carpet at home, depending on the type, condition, and size of your carpet, and the level of dirt and stains on it. Here are some of the most common methods of cleaning carpet at home:

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is the process of removing small stains and spills from your carpet using a cleaning solution and a cloth or a sponge. Spot cleaning is ideal for fresh and minor stains that have not set into the carpet fibres. Here are the steps for spot cleaning your carpet:

  • Blot the stain with a clean and dry cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Do not rub or scrub the stain, as this can spread it and damage the carpet fibres.
  • Apply a small amount of carpet cleaning solution to the stain. You can use a commercial carpet cleaner, or make your own by mixing one teaspoon of dish soap, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and one cup of warm water. Test the solution on a hidden area of your carpet first to make sure it does not cause any discolouration or damage.
  • Blot the stain with a clean and damp cloth or sponge, working from the outside to the centre. Repeat until the stain is gone or no more colour transfers to the cloth.
  • Rinse the area with a cloth dipped in clean water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
  • Blot the area dry with a clean and dry cloth or paper towel, or use a fan or a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is the process of using hot water and steam to deep clean your carpet and remove dirt, stains, and odours. Steam cleaning is ideal for heavily soiled and stained carpets that need a thorough cleaning. 

You will need a steam cleaner, also known as a carpet cleaner or a carpet shampooer, to perform this method. You can rent or buy a steam cleaner from a hardware store or an online retailer. Here are the steps for steam cleaning your carpet:

  • Vacuum your carpet thoroughly to remove any loose dirt and debris. This will make the steam cleaning more effective and prevent clogging the machine.
  • Fill the water tank of the steam cleaner with hot water and add the recommended amount of carpet cleaning solution. You can use a commercial carpet shampoo, or make your own by mixing one cup of white vinegar and two cups of warm water.
  • Plug in the steam cleaner and turn it on. Wait for a few minutes until the water heats up and the steam is ready.
  • Start from one corner of the room and work your way across the carpet in straight and overlapping strokes. Press the trigger to release the steam and the cleaning solution onto the carpet, and then release it to suck up the dirty water. Do not over-wet the carpet, as this can cause mould and mildew growth and damage the carpet backing.
  • Repeat the process until you have covered the entire carpet. Empty and refill the water tank as needed.
  • Let the carpet dry completely before walking on it or placing any furniture on it. This can take up to 24 hours, depending on the humidity and ventilation in your home. You can use fans, dehumidifiers, or open windows to speed up the drying process.

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is the process of using a dry compound or a powder to clean your carpet without using any water. Dry cleaning is ideal for delicate and natural carpets that cannot withstand water or heat, such as wool, silk, or sisal. 

You will need a dry cleaning machine, also known as a carpet sweeper or a carpet powder applicator, to perform this method. You can rent or buy a dry cleaning machine from a hardware store or an online retailer. Here are the steps for dry cleaning your carpet:

  • Vacuum your carpet thoroughly to remove any loose dirt and debris. This will make the dry cleaning more effective and prevent scratching the carpet fibres.
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of dry cleaning compound or powder over your carpet. You can use a commercial carpet powder, or make your own by mixing one cup of baking soda, one cup of cornstarch, and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
  • Use the dry cleaning machine to work the compound or powder into the carpet fibres. The compound or powder will absorb the dirt, stains, and odours from your carpet and leave it fresh and clean.
  • Vacuum your carpet again to remove the compound or powder and any remaining dirt and debris.

How to Prevent Carpet Stains and Damage

Cleaning your carpet regularly is important, but preventing carpet stains and damage in the first place is even better. Here are some tips on how to prevent carpet stains and damage:

  • Place mats or rugs at the entrances of your home to catch any dirt, mud, or moisture from your shoes. You can also ask your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home.
  • Vacuum your carpet at least once a week to remove any dust, dirt, and debris that can accumulate and damage your carpet fibres.
  • Treat any spills or stains as soon as possible, before they set into the carpet fibres and become harder to remove. Use the spot cleaning method described above to remove them quickly and effectively.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or ammonia on your carpet, as they can cause discolouration, fading, and damage to your carpet fibres. Always use mild and gentle cleaning solutions, and test them on a hidden area of your carpet first to make sure they are safe.
  • Protect your carpet from direct sunlight, as it can cause fading and deterioration of your carpet fibres. Use curtains, blinds, or shades to block the sunlight from your windows, or move your furniture around to avoid exposing the same areas of your carpet to the sun.

Conclusion

Cleaning your carpet at home is not as hard as it may seem. You can use different methods, such as spot cleaningsteam cleaning, and dry cleaning, to clean your carpet depending on your needs and preferences. 

You can also prevent carpet stains and damage by following some simple tips and tricks. By cleaning your carpet regularly, you can keep it looking fresh and new, and improve the health and hygiene of your home.

If you need any help with cleaning your carpet, or any other cleaning services, you can contact Perfect Clean, a professional cleaning company in Ireland. We have the experience, skills, and equipment to clean your carpet and any other part of your home to the highest standards.

Contact us today to get a free quote and book your cleaning service. You will not regret choosing Perfect Clean, the perfect choice for your cleaning needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I deep clean my carpet by hand?

Deep cleaning a carpet by hand involves sprinkling baking soda over the carpet, mixing carpet shampoo with warm water in a spray bottle, spraying the carpet, brushing with a carpet brush, blotting the area, and then spraying and blotting again with warm water. This process is effective but time-consuming​​.

What equipment do I need for steam cleaning a carpet?

For steam cleaning, you will need a carpet cleaner which can be bought or rented. Before starting, read the instructions of the machine. Use hot water and a small amount of cleaner for the cleaning process. After cleaning, vacuum the carpet again once it's dry​​​​.

How can I manually clean my carpet with vinegar?

For a DIY vinegar carpet cleaner, mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with warm water in a bucket. Scrub the carpet with this solution using a brush, then rinse with a rag dipped in clean water and let it dry thoroughly​​.

Can baking soda be used for carpet cleaning?

Yes, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet or directly on a stain, mist it with hot water, let it sit for at least three hours, and then vacuum it up after the area has dried​​.

What is the best method to remove oil paint stains from carpets?

For fresh oil paint stains, blotting away the excess paint is effective. If the paint has dried, use a cloth dampened with paint thinner and a mixture of dish soap and warm water​​.

How should I handle acrylic and water-based paint stains on my carpet?

For acrylic paint, use a mixture of white vinegar and warm water, applied and blotted alternately until the stain dissolves. For water-based paint, a solution of warm water and dish soap, applied and blotted, is effective​​.

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Joe Brennan, the founder of Going Solar, is dedicated to making solar power mainstream in Ireland and meet SEAI objectives. With a focus on affordability and sustainability, he is bringing renewable energy solutions to homes, reducing costs & environmental impact.

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The founder of Perfect Clean, is an experienced cleanliness expert, dedicated to providing top-notch house cleaning services in Dublin. He leads Perfect Clean with a relentless commitment to providing top-notch sanitation solutions for diverse client needs.