Array
Home Care

Yes, You Can Clean Your Own Carpet

Let these RL-approved solutions help you out

Shares
Original Article: Tara Domingo Photography: Pexels (Main Photo)

Carpets can be very expensive and it can be frustrating when you accidentally spill stuff on it. If you don't want random substances to ruin your centerpiece, you better act quick! Have the following in stock at all times: carpet shampoo, ammonia, vinegar, dry-cleaning solvent, and clean white cloth for blotting. Continue reading to learn how to use them on different kinds of stains: 

1. For butter, crayon, cooking oil, gravy, lotion or salad dressing: Apply detergent, blot, apply water and finish off by blotting. 

2. For cheese, chocolate, soil, mud, ice cream, ketchup, mayo or glue: Apply a dab of diluted detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, add another dab of detergent and finish off by air drying.

3. For red wine, coffee, fruit juice, smoothies or soda: Apply a dab of detergent, blot, splash with white vinegar, blot, rinse with water and finish off by blotting. 

4. For gum, melted candle or wax: Freeze spots with ice cubes, smash it with a knife to shatter the stain, vacuum off and finish the job by blotting. Repeat process if necessary. 

5. For dye, food coloring, liquid, shoe polish and rust: It's best to leave this one to the pros! These items tend to stain deep and you don't want to risk it with DIY solutions. 

RL Tip: Before you proceed, check if you'll damage color by applying a bit of cleaning agent to a small part of the carpet first. 

This snippet is from the original article (One Bed, The Color Red and A Big Problem) in the January-February 2004 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

4 Simple Things You Can Do To Lessen Your Aircon Usage

You don't always have to turn on your AC to bring the heat down in your home

How to Liven Up an Industrial-Inspired Space with Plants

Let's revisit the peg-worthy Hectare One office for ideas

6 Wonderful, Under the Radar Things to Do in Bohol

Whether you're a single traveler, on vacation with a partner or with your family, try these underrated experiences in Bohol.

Shop Local At This Instagram-Worthy Lifestyle Store In BGC

Get unique local finds, from pillowcases and home scents to pottery and gin-and-tonic kits at Frankie and Friends General Store

Don’t Be Afraid To Splurge On These 9 Home Items

Sometimes, investing in more expensive varieties of home decor and building materials or finishes can be the more practical way to go

Ask Yourself These 3 Important Questions Before Starting A Home Garden

Building your own indoor garden is about more than just aesthetics; it requires a lot of responsibility

Kitchen Specialty Stores, Ranked From Budget To Luxe

Here are one-stop-shops around the metro, from budget to break-the-bank, to help you create your dream kitchen

5 Places Where You Can Buy Beautiful Baskets

More than just a part of our décor, these must-haves can be used as storage, too

These Photos Will Inspire You To Make A Creative Gallery Wall

Take inspiration from these photos to create a gallery wall that is both gorgeous and true to who you are

Siargao Named One of the Best Islands in the World

El Nido Resorts' Pangulasian Island also makes it big.

This Pinoy Lakehouse By Budji Layug Merges Its Interiors With The Outdoors

In photos: An award-winning lakehouse by Budji Layug fuses Filipino-modern design with the great outdoors

Here's What You Should Look Out For At Manila FAME

Manila FAME 2018 is where you can get the most stunning artisanal products from various parts of the Philippines
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!