Affordable Ways to Clean and Revitalise Cheap Carpets

May 28, 2024

Nobody likes to clean carpets, and if you do, you must be special.
Jokes aside, it can be quite expensive to get your rug professionally cleaned, which is nearly always the best approach to preserve and rejuvenate its appeal, but not all people can afford this service.
The good news is that if you are searching for a low-cost method for cleaning your carpets, we have got your back.

The Need for Carpet Maintenance

Always remember: Carpet conceals filth regardless of its colour, brand, or style. The odds are already stacked against it.
On the one hand, people adore carpets because of the inviting, warm feeling they can give a space — especially a bedroom. However, just the thought of what might be breeding in it makes one uneasy. Many believe that vacuuming occasionally is adequate, but this does not guarantee that you won’t find a rogue crumb between the fibres a few days later. Frequent cleaning is essential, and spending time deep cleaning your carpet is extremely important.
Now that we have touched upon the cleaning basics let’s take a look at some DIY methods to breathe life into your cheap carpets:

Regular Vacuuming

Regular vacuuming is the most important step in maintaining carpet cleanliness. Dirt, dust, and debris can quickly accumulate, causing carpets to look dull and worn out. For optimal results:
● Frequency: Aim to vacuum high-traffic areas daily and less frequented areas at least twice weekly.
● Technique: Use slow, overlapping strokes and change directions to ensure you lift dirt from all angles.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Commercial carpet cleaning products such as carpet shampoos can be expensive, but you can make effective and affordable cleaning solutions at home using common household ingredients.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This combination is excellent for deep cleaning and deodorising carpets.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet.
  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Lightly spray the vinegar solution over the baking soda.
  • Allow it to fizz and bubble for a few minutes.
  • Scrub the carpet gently with a brush, then let it dry.
  • Vacuum thoroughly to remove the baking soda residue

Dish Soap and Warm Water

For spot cleaning and general dirt removal:
  • Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water.
  • Apply the solution to a clean cloth and blot the stained area (Do not rub).
  • Rinse the spot with a cloth dampened with plain water.
  • Blot with a dry towel to remove excess moisture.

   Spot Cleaning Techniques

Immediate attention to spills and stains can prevent permanent damage.
  • Blot, Don’t Rub: Always blot spills with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible.
  • Use Cold Water for Blood Stains: Cold water prevents blood from entering the carpet fibres.
  • Club Soda for Red Wine Stains: Dab the stained area with club soda to lift the stain.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide for Stubborn Stains: Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water. Test on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t bleach the carpet.

Deep Cleaning

Occasionally, cheap carpets need a more thorough cleaning. Renting a carpet cleaner can be cost-effective, especially if you split the rental cost with neighbours or friends.
  • Carpet Cleaner Rental: Most home improvement stores and some grocery stores offer carpet cleaner rentals. Prices typically range from £28 to £32 daily.
  • DIY Deep Cleaning Solution: For an effective deep clean, you can use hot water, white vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap in the carpet cleaner.

Dry Carpet Cleaning Methods

Dry cleaning methods can be an excellent alternative to wet cleaning, especially in humid areas where carpets might take longer to dry.
  • Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder: Sprinkle a dry-cleaning powder over the carpet, work it in with a brush, let it sit as per instructions, and vacuum it up.
  • DIY Dry Cleaning: Baking soda can also serve as a dry-cleaning agent. Sprinkle it over the carpet, work it in with a brush, let it sit for a few hours, and vacuum thoroughly.

If you have grown to detest the rug in your house, you are not alone. However, things don’t have to remain that way. You can restore your carpet's aesthetic appeal and practicality with routine vacuuming, spot removal, and thorough cleaning. It would take some determination, but the end outcome will make your carpet, and you fall in love again!
Finally, it is important to remember to try any new treatment or product on your carpet in a discrete area before using it on the entire carpet. We can only provide advice, but we cannot guarantee any particular result because every situation is different.
The Rugs offers competitive pricing on all its rugs, ensuring you get high-quality products at a fraction of the cost. There is no need to compromise on style or quality to stay within your budget.

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