How to clean carpet: Top household hacks for cleaning your carpet and removing stains

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Domestic goddesses Mrs Hinch (Sophie Hinchcliffe) and Stacey Solomon regularly give their fans cost-effective and easy hacks for household cleaning and tips on space saving and upcycling. With carpet cleaning being one of the most arduous household chores and the most thankless given that your pet will run over your freshly clean carpet, the job often gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. With these helpful tips cleaning your carpet and mopping up spillages will seem a slightly easier task.

Don’t just rely on your vacuum

Vacuum cleaners very rarely reach the base of the carpet hairs and usually only take off the top layer of dirt and so for the dirt and hair lying at the root of the carpet hairs a more effective method is needed. 

A fan of Mrs Hinch shared on a Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page – set up by fans to share their own hacks – a genius way to removing dust and pet hair from carpets.

Using a £1 window squeegee, she scraped it along the carpet, and it pulled up the pet hair and dust that was settled in it.

Another fan posted how it also removed all her daughter’s hair from the carpet in her bedroom.

Stacey Solomon revealed a cost-effective trick to getting your carpets looking brand new in no time. Rather than splurging on new carpets or flooring for her house she dyed her old carpets. Using a spray gun, Stacey sprayed her old cream carpets with grey paint followed by more coats and a deep wash.

What about the paint you didn’t intend to put on the carpets?

Many people have experienced the dread of the nail varnish bottle being knocked onto the carpet. Thankfully there are a few ways this spill can be fixed. 

If the nail varnish is still wet, blot the spill with paper towels as quickly as possible without spreading it across more of the carpet.

Then heavily pour sugar or salt all over the area and let it sit while it absorbs a lot of the paint. Then use a brush to scrub and remove the sugar/salt later. This process can be repeated until the whole stain is removed followed by carpet cleaning spray and a good vacuum.

Another trick is to douse the spillage with shaving foam. Let it sit for five minutes and scrub with a brush or coarse cloth until the stain is removed. Other tricks emerging from Mrs Hinch fans include using nail varnish remover, hand gel and hair spray.

Dreaded drink spills

Drinks tend to be easier to remove than nail varnish. Whether red wine can be removed with white wine is still up for debate, but there are plenty of other household items you can use.

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The key to these spillages is to never rub it as the stain ends up spreading, and may become more embedded into the carpet fibres. 

Loose Woman Nadia Sawalha shared a hack for spilled coffee on her YouTube channel that she runs with her husband, Mark Adderley. 

In the clip, Nadia immediately places a whole kitchen roll on top of the fresh spillage and stands on the roll to soak up the coffee.

This trick can also be done with a full toilet roll. Once all the marks have soaked up by the roll, Nadia removes it to reveal an entirely clean carpet.

Another trick is to use white vinegar combined with warm water and to blot the stain using a cloth with the mixture on it and a dry cloth, alternating between the two.

Effective Vacuuming

For the most effective clean, your vacuum cleaner needs to be correct and done properly. It is best to have a vacuum with strong suction that is regularly cleaned and adjusted to the right setting for your carpet. 

For best results, you should move your furniture and hoover over the areas of your carpet that are most often used. To brighten up a dull carpet, every three to four weeks generously sprinkle your carpet with baking soda. Let it sit for at least an hour, and then vacuum up the baking soda. If your carpet has odours and oily stains, let it sit for longer.

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