Most carpets in homes and businesses get a lot of action, and the consequences of all those feet (and paws) can be overlooked until the damage shows up in a visible form. When stains and odors affect the carpets in your building, getting help from professionals, like our technicians at ServiceMaster DSI, for carpet cleaning in Springfield, MO, is the best choice you can make.
We understand that the time and cost of professional cleaning services may not always be on your agenda, and we don’t want to keep our customers in the dark. In fact, there are some home remedies that work well to remove small stains and some odors without professional assistance.
In our experience, these four home remedies are consistently the most effective in removing odors and stains from carpeting:
- Vinegar: Vinegar is used as a home cleaning solution for many different purposes because white wine vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. While vinegar alone won’t remove set-in stains, it can eliminate almost all odors embedded in your carpet fibers. While smelly at first, vinegar is odorless when dry.
- Milk: The mild lactic acid in milk can act as a neutralizer for alkaline substances and stick to still-wet stains in your carpets. Cover the stained area in cold milk and blot it dry with a sponge or towel.
- Baking soda and white wine: This method works to remove odors and dried stains. Saturate the stained area in white wine and cover the area well in baking soda. The wine will loosen stain particles, and the baking soda will draw stain pigments, oils, and proteins away from your carpet fibers. When the spot has dried thoroughly, you can vacuum away the stain.
- Club soda and salt: Similarly to baking soda and wine, club soda loosens stain particles and salt draws them away from your carpet. Pour club soda over the stain first, then cover in salt. Vacuum when dry.
*Pro-tip: When removing iron-based stains like blood or rust, always treat with cold water. Hot water will set the stain and make the situation worse.
These remedies work well for some stains and odors in carpets, but they are not a cure-all. The best thing you can do to maintain your carpets long-term is to schedule routine professional cleaning services. For expert carpet cleaning in Springfield, MO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 888.868.6601 for a service request.