DIY Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery cleaning has many benefits such as extending the life of your carpet and furniture and keeping your family healthy by getting rid of all the allergens.  Cleaning your carpets and upholstery does not have to be a dreaded task or a break the bank kind of deal.  You can hire a professional and pay 100’s of dollars to get your carpets and upholstery cleaned or you can do it yourself.   

Carpet and Upholstery Machines

1.    Home Portable Machine- Ranges from 100.00-300.00.

       -The advantage of this kind of machine is it is yours to keep and convenient.

2.    Rent Steam Carpet Cleaner-Ranges from 40.00-100.00

       -The advantage of this kind of machine is it is normally a hot water clean that reduces allergens and cheaper then                   buying one.

Cleaning Products

  • New Green Products-
                -These are great for those who are looking for environment friendly products.
  • Pet Odor Products

                    -These are great for those who have pets and odors.

    • High Traffic Products

                      -This product is great for heavily soiled carpets.

      • Homemade Products

                        -This is a matter of mixing a liquid soap (castile soap, dish soap, or laundry soap all will work) and vinegar. Use                       one  tablespoon each of vinegar and liquid soap for each quart of water.

        • Oxi-Clean Products

                          -This is for deep cleaning and spot removal. 

          Spot Removal

          One major thing people struggle with is getting stains out of their carpet and upholstery.  There are ways to do this with some well known household products that will save your carpet and keep it looking nice.

          Ink Stains

          ·    Cream of Tartar and lemon juice can remove ink.  You will sprinkle cream of tartar onto the ink stain then add a couple drops of lemon juice and rub gently.

          ·    Isopropyl alcohol can remove ink stains.  Pour the alcohol onto the stain and gently blot until the ink disappears.

          ·    Cold Water  or Club Soda will normally wash the blood away
          ·    Hydrogen Peroxide will bubble up and remove the stain

          Grease and Oil Stains
          ·    Baking Soda or Corn Starch sprinkled on the carpet, rub it in and then leave over night.  The next morning when you sweep it up the grease/oil should be out of the carpet
          Pet Stains and Odors
          ·    Liquid dish soap with a solution of one part vinegar to eight parts warm water.  Scrub it with this and then blot dry.  


          ·    Liquid dish soap with a solution of one part vinegar to eight parts warm water.  Scrub it with this and then blot dry. 

          ·    Baking soda sprinkled on the vomit after you have cleaned as up as much as you can.  Rub the baking soda in and let set for about an hour to soak in and then vacuum.

          Red Wine or Colored Kool Aid

          ·    Baking soda or corn starch rubbed into the carpet after the excess has been blotted up should remove the stain.

          ·    Club Soda poured on the stain and then blotted until it all stain comes out.  

          Steps for Cleaning Carpets and Upholstery

          1.    Vacuum Carpet and Upholstery getting out all lose dirt.

          2.    Spray Furniture and Carpet down with a pre-spray if you have spots or high traffic areas that need extra attention.

          3.    Fill the Carpet Cleaner with your choice of cleaner.

          4.    Use the machine according to the directions to clean the carpet and upholstery thoroughly.

          5.    Go over the carpet one last time without using water to get out all extra water.

          6.    Try to stay off the carpet for 24 hours to let it dry.  Running a fan or dehumidifier and opening windows will help with                getting the carpet dry.