While carpet feels nice on your bare feet and allows for a nice cozy atmosphere in your home, it doesn’t take long for a carpet to get infested with dirt, leaving behind stains that are tough to get out. If you have a pet, your carpet problems are even worse and animal feet and hair collect dirt and dander which ends up being mashed into the nice plush carpet that you once had. For this reason, many people opt for hardwood floors, but sometimes it’s nice to have the warmth of a carpet in a room. If you have children it’s always nice to be able to place them on a soft carpet instead of a hard floor.
When you are faced with carpet problems you really only have three options to get it clean. You can either replace the carpet and padding, hire a professional carpet cleaner, or rent a pricey carpet cleaner yourself. It costs around $2,500 for a new carpet and about $250 for a cleaner to come in and remove the pet stains. These aren’t the best options, especially if you plan on keeping your pets because there is a good chance you will always be dealing with pesky pet stains as they drag everything in from outside which leaves behind both stains and odor.
The good news is that instead of spending your hard earned cash, you can remove these stains for next to nothing, all with a few products that you most likely have in your home.
All you will need is an iron, a hair dryer, a teaspoon of dishwashing soap and 1 cup of hot water.
First, you will mix the soap and the water and pour it on the stain, making sure to saturate it.
Next, you will soak an old towel or rag in hot water. Lay the wet towel on the stain.
Plug your iron in, set it to medium heat and lay it on the towel. For about 15 seconds you will move the iron over the stain back and forth. Be careful not to turn the heat up too high because it could burn the carpet. You will want to repeat this until the stain has moved from the carpet to the towel.
Next, you will remove excess moisture and soap by blotting the carpet with dry paper towels.
Your final step will be to use your hair dryer to dry the moisture that is remaining on the carpet.
Believe it or not, this technique is a lot easier than lugging around a heavy carpet cleaner and it allows for quick pickup of small stains. And the best part is that it’s free, as long as you have dish soap, an iron and a towel in your home which are pretty much standard items in everyone’s homes. It’s certainly worth a try!
If you prefer, you can check out a video tutorial of this method below.
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