Monday, June 9, 2014

Stain be Gone!

Update -
Since I wrote this article 5 years ago. Wow it's been that long! We no longer are apartment living and the house we purchased has no carpet. Its been a wonder for my allergies I have come across a great article 5 Simple Ways on How to Clean Carpet by Hand that provides some great tips for cleaning your own carpet AND even better they are extremely budget friendly. Check out the link at the bottom of this post to learn even more ways to clean those carpets.

How many of you have the headache of renting? I currently am in that category and it can be a pain in the you know what. We just had our carpets cleaned yesterday because we are moving to a new apartment in a few weeks. The fiance and I had the misfortune of moving into a unit that had brand new carpet. If I was in my own house this would be a dream come true, however if your renting its like a curse. The carpet has to be perfect when you move out or you know what.

We are pretty clean people but the daily dirt of city life that miraculously floats into the apartment was evident. There is only one spot in the living room that I am a little worried about. That spot that W likes to plop in front of the TV on the rare occasion that there is a football, baseball, hockey, basketball game on. You know the spot right!

This particular offensive eye sore did come out pretty good with the professional cleaning but it was still a worry for me. So I took to the DIYers heaven of Pinterest to look for a home remedy. I did find a few and with a little effort and patience two of these recipes worked to ease my worries a little.

The first carpet cleaner that I used came courtesy of Courtenay over at The Creek Line House. This is a 3:1 solution of water and white vinegar with a few drops of dish soap.

Ingredients and Supplies:
White Vinegar
Dish Soap
White Rag

I had a larger area that needed to be covered so I doubled the ratios and used about 1 tsp of dish soap. Following the instructions I wet the rag in the solution rung it out a little and then placed it on the stain. You will then use your iron and press it on the rag for about 5-10 seconds. Repeat as needed. My particular stain needed several rounds for this remedy.

The second remedy comes from Sherri at Overthrow Martha. This solution was used after I still wasn't satisfied with the stain fading to an acceptable color. I know I know paranoia but what can I say. This solution calls for a little less in the way of products needed.

Ingredients and Supplies
White Vinegar
Hydrogen Peroxide
White Rag
Spray Bottle

For this solution its equal parts vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Mix the two together in the spray bottle and spray onto the spot and let it sit a few minutes. If you have a stain that is fairly fresh then stick to the original process that you can find at Overthrow Martha. For my particular stain which was several months of set in dirt I needed to take it a step further. I used the same process of wetting the rag and then using the iron to draw the stain out.

I think the end result for these two home remedies was a win for my extremely stubborn stain. The stain is still visible but about 10 times better than it was a few days ago. See for your self :)

What homemade carpet cleaning tricks do you use to get those hard to clean stains out of your carpet?

For more great ways to clean your carpets and do it on a budget go to

5 Simple Ways on How to Clean Carpet by Hand

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