Try a stronger ammonia-based cleaner. Ammonia cleaners are more powerful than typical cleaners, but you have to be careful with them because ammonia is corrosive and can damage your skin, eyes, lungs, and certain materials. Try an easy lemon and peroxide cleaner. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful cleaner, and lemon is a grease-cutting cleaner that makes everything smell great. These two simple ingredients can be combined to make a homemade carpet cleaner. Make a basic powdered cleaner.
Powdered carpet cleaners are great for spills and greasy stains, and you can make your own powdered cleaning solution at home too. Whip up a batch of borax and baking soda cleaning powder. For an even more powerful cleaner and deodorizer, try making a dry baking soda and borax powder. You can also add your favorite herbs or flowers to the mix to customize the smell. Transfer your cleaner to a spray bottle or shaker. To clean a carpet or spot by hand, you’ll need to apply a thin and even layer of cleaner to the carpet.
The easiest way to do this is to transfer a liquid cleaner to a spray bottle, or a dry cleaner to a shaker, which will give you good and even coverage. Stir your cleaning mixture before transferring it to make sure all the ingredients are fully combined. It’s always important to test new cleaning products on surfaces before applying them widely, especially when you’re dealing with things like carpet, fabric, and upholstery. The spot test will ensure that the cleaner won’t damage the carpet or the color. Spray or sprinkle the cleaner on affected areas. To spot clean stains and marks, apply a thin and even layer of cleaner to the area you want to clean. To clean the entire carpet, divide the carpet into three or four sections and clean one section at a time.
When you’re working in sections to clean an entire carpet, start at the farthest section from the door and work your way toward the door to avoid getting trapped. Let the cleaner soak in. Once the cleaner is on the carpet, let it sit for about 10 minutes. This will give liquid cleaners time to soak in, and powder cleaners time to absorb odors and stains. If you’re pressed for time, it’s not strictly necessary to let the cleaner soak, but it will produce a cleaner carpet if you let it sit. Use a carpet brush or other stiff-bristled brush to scrub the area where you’ve applied cleaner.
This will help push the cleaner deeper into the carpet, and loosen dirt, debris, and other particles that are lodged in the fibers of the carpet. Once you’ve brushed the entire area, wait for about 30 minutes to let liquid cleaners dry completely. When liquid cleaners have had time to dry completely and powder cleaners have had time to absorb smells and stains, vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Go over the area two or three times to make sure you suck up all the dirt, debris, and excess powder. Once the carpet has been vacuumed, repeat with the other sections if you’re cleaning the whole carpet. Before using any new cleaner on a surface, you should always spot test the product to ensure it won’t cause damage.
Pick an inconspicuous area of carpet and apply a small amount of your liquid or powder cleaner. Leave the cleaner for 24 hours. After 24 hours, check the test area for discoloration and damage. Proceed with cleaning if there’s no visible damage. Fill the reservoir with liquid cleaning solution. Most carpet shampooers have a single reservoir where the cleaning solution goes. Fill the reservoir with the homemade liquid cleaner of your choice.
If the reservoir has a lid or cap, replace this before shampooing the carpet. Some shampooers have separate reservoirs for clean water and cleaning solution, so be sure to fill both. Starting in a corner farthest from the door, shampoo the carpet using the same back and forth motion you would to vacuum. Go over each section of carpet two or three times to ensure the carpet is fully saturated and scrubbed. As you clean the carpet, work your way toward a door to avoid getting stuck in the room. Give the carpet time to dry. A carpet shampooer will apply larger quantities of cleaner to the carpet, so let the carpet sit for 24 hours after shampooing. This will allow the cleaner to fully soak into the carpet and evaporate, and give the carpet time to dry. When the carpet is fully dry and there’s no cleaning residue left that you can feel with your hand, vacuum the entire carpet with your regular vacuum cleaner. This will suck up any dirt and debris that are in the carpet and complete the cleaning process. Some carpet shampooers also serve as a vacuum. Don’t pull the trigger that activates the shampooing action when you want to use the cleaner as a vacuum.