Keeping your carpet clean is kind of like brushing your teeth. It’s one of those ongoing tasks that you may not necessarily love, but it’s just something you have to do, right?
Well the good news is, though you may not love monitoring your carpet for pesky stains, you can get rid of them without putting a huge dent in your wallet. Below, we’ll show you how you can remove stains from carpet for less than one dollar.
DIY Carpet Stain Removal Guide
1) Hydrogen Peroxide
6 cups of water = $0.00
¼ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide = $0.10
1 ½ tbsp of vinegar = $0.10
1 ½ tbsp of dish soap = $0.05
½ of a whole lemon = $0.15
Total Cost = $0.40
2) Basic Maintenance
3 cups of water = $0.00
½ tbsp vinegar = $0.10
Total Cost = $0.10
3) Dry Carpet Cleaner
3 cups Borax = $0.92
1 ½ tbsp baking soda =$0.02
Total Cost = $0.94
4) Scented Shampoo
16 cups of water = $0.00
¼ cup of vinegar = $0.23
¼ cup of laundry detergent = $.0.20
Total Cost = $0.43
5) Spot Removal
2 cups of water = $0.00
3 tbsp of vinegar = $.18
1 tbsp baking soda =$0.01
Having Carpet is Cost Effective
Now that we’ve reviewed a few do-it-yourself, budget-friendly carpet stain removal solutions, let’s take a closer look at why having carpet in your home is a smart financial investment.
Carpets are less expensive to maintain: when compared side-by-side with hard surface flooring, carpet can be 65% less expensive to maintain over time.
Carpet cleaning supplies are cheaper: if you’re buying hardwood floor cleaning supplies, you’ll pay up to seven times more than you would for carpet cleaning supplies.
You’ll have to clean hardwood flooring more than carpets: every year, you’ll have to clean your hardwood flooring 2 ½ more times than your carpeting requires.
Vacuuming regularly is the most effective way to keep your carpets clean: to really keep your carpets in good shape, using a vacuum that has the CRI Seal of Approval for effectiveness will get rid of between 90 to 95% of all dry soil.
Periodically, carpet cleaning specialists recommend investing in a deep extraction cleaning. By investing in professional carpet cleaning from time to time, you can ensure that hidden bacteria and dirt will be removed, leaving your carpets looking fresh and the air you breathe even cleaner.
Unusual Carpet Cleaning Items
Ready for a few more ways to keep your carpet clean? How about using some rather unusual stain-fighting techniques? Believe it or not, these tried and tested solutions below just might save your carpet’s day – in under a dollar. Seriously!
- Use salt to remove wine stains
– 1 tablespoon of salt = $0.50
- Use white wine to remove red wine stains
– 1 cup of wine = $0.68
- Use shaving cream to remove juice stains
– 1 ounce of shaving cream = $0.37
- Use beer to remove coffee or tea stains
– 1 ounce of beer = $0.37
- Use rubbing alcohol to remove glue stains
– 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol = $0.40
- Use ice to remove gum stains
– A few ice cubes = free!
So there you have it. You’re now officially armed with a bunch of effective – and cost-effective – do-it-yourself techniques to conquer carpet stains. All under a dollar!
Brought to you by Phil Kearny