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Learn the essential steps for effective carpet cleaning at home. Discover simple tips to keep your carpets fresh and spotless!

How to Clean Your Carpet Like a Pro!

Hey there! Have you ever wondered how to clean your carpet like a pro? Whether you’re dealing with spills, pet accidents, or just routine maintenance, here are some easy steps to keep your carpets looking brand new.

If you live in the state of Wisconsin, chances are that you have some experience with winter. Snow, ice, salt…not just the salt eaten like a great slab of fried cod, but the salt that gets tracked into your carpet on all the shoes outside. As needed as it is to keep our roads and walks safe, salt wreaks havoc on carpets when it’s tracked inside. If you’ve noticed any salt stains on your carpet, here’s your guide. In this blog, we’ll go over the best way to rid your carpet of stains so you’re back in the clear – pardon the pun – for the winter season.

Aside from looking unsightly, salt stains have the tendency to work their way deeper into the fibers of your carpets, wearing down your carpet and making cleaning more difficult the longer they remain. Apparently, salt is also a hygroscopic substance, which means it has a tendency to attract moisture. A carpet treated with a nice layer of salt can subsequently begin to grow mold and mildew if not cleaned as soon as possible.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

First things first, gather your cleaning supplies. You’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Carpet stain remover or homemade solution (like vinegar, baking soda, and water)
  • Bucket or spray bottle
  • Clean cloths or paper towels

Step 2: Vacuum Thoroughly

Start by vacuuming your carpet thoroughly to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris. Pay extra attention to high-traffic areas and corners where dust tends to accumulate.

Step 3: Treat Stains and Spots

Next, tackle any stains or spots on your carpet. Start by identifying the type of stain you’re dealing with—whether it’s from spilled wine, coffee, pet accidents, or muddy footprints. Different stains might require specific treatments, so it’s helpful to know what you’re up against.

Apply a carpet stain remover directly to the affected area. If you prefer a DIY approach, you can use a homemade solution like a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water. Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, starting from the outside and working your way in to prevent the stain from spreading. Be patient and persistent, as some stains may require several applications before they fade.

Avoid rubbing the stain, as this can push the stain deeper into the carpet fibers and potentially damage the texture of your carpet. Instead, use a blotting motion and apply light pressure. For tougher stains, you might need to let the stain remover sit for a few minutes to break down the residue before blotting again.

Once the stain is lifted, rinse the area with a little clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue. Blot the area dry with a fresh cloth, and if needed, place a few layers of paper towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object to absorb the remaining moisture. By tackling stains promptly and correctly, you can prevent them from becoming permanent and keep your carpet looking its best.

Step 4: Shampoo or Steam Clean

For a deeper clean, consider shampooing or steam cleaning your carpet. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your carpet cleaner and use a solution that’s suitable for your carpet type.

Shampooing involves using a carpet cleaning machine that dispenses a cleaning solution (shampoo) onto the carpet. The machine then scrubs the solution into the carpet fibers and extracts the dirty water back into the machine.

Steam cleaning, also known as hot water extraction, uses hot water and a powerful vacuum to deep clean your carpet.

Step 5: Rinse and Dry

Once you’ve cleaned your carpet, rinse any residue with clean water and blot dry with a towel or allow it to air dry. Avoid walking on the carpet until it’s completely dry to prevent new dirt from settling in.

Step 6: Regular Maintenance

To keep your carpets looking their best, vacuum regularly and spot clean as needed. To minimize wear and tear, consider using rugs or mats in high-traffic areas.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Options

If that concerns you, there are natural cleaning products, such as bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) which makes a good domestic cleaner because its alkaline nature can absorb and neutralise odours, lift stains and soften material. It’s good on carpet, too – sprinkle it on before vacuuming to absorb smells and lift stains. You can also buy eco-friendly carpet cleaning solutions that are still effective and safe to use.


If you live in Wisconsin, you know that salt stains usually appear on your carpet in the winter. Use this guide to keep those stains out. With a little maintenance and prompt treatment of stains, your carpet can retain its new look for years to come. Use this guide to keep your carpet clean and inviting.

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By following these simple steps, you can keep your carpets clean and fresh year-round. Whether you’re preparing for guests or just want to maintain a healthy home environment, regular carpet cleaning is key.

Remember, a little effort goes a long way in extending the life of your carpet and keeping it looking like new. Happy cleaning!