No matter how careful you are, over the winter you and your boots may have collected lots of dirt and grime. And you probably tracked that inside. And now it’s in your carpets!
It looks kind of gross and, if you’re a renter, could mean you’re at risk of losing a security deposit.
So if you need to do some thorough spring carpet cleaning to get rid of some salt stains, read on! And if it starts to seem like the job is a little too big to handle on your own, don’t be afraid to call in backup. We’re ready to tackle even the biggest stains with a ton of service options for carpet cleaning in Sioux Falls!
Now, here’s the four steps it takes to get those nasty stains out.
4 Steps to Getting Winter Salt Stains out of Your Carpet
Step One: Figure out how big the job is
Are the stains only in one place, or did all of your carpet get discolored?
If there are a few spots, you can most likely treat it with a simple vinegar-and-water-solution. If the whole place took a winter-sized beating, a deeper cleaning method like steam cleaning might be just what you need.
Step Two: Find a time and gather supplies
It’s best to tackle this project on a day where you can give your carpet lots of time to dry without worrying about people walking on it. And if you’re going the steam cleaning route, you may need all night for it to dry too.
For salt stain spot cleaning, grab:
- A good vacuum
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Some essential oils or orange peels (optional)
- A clean sponge
For a deep clean, you’ll need:
- A carpet cleaner (you can rent these per day at most hardware or grocery stores)
- A spot cleaner such as vinegar
- Cleaning solution (or you could use white vinegar again)
- A friend to help you move furniture
- A good vacuum
Step Three: Get Those Salt Stains out!
Your carpet will need a thorough vacuuming before you tackle those stains.
It’s worth your time to vacuum in a few different directions and do so slowly. You may need to empty the vacuum a few times as you go along, but that’s a good sign!
Once you’ve gotten that done, attack those spotty stains with a vinegar solution. Fill a spray bottle with 50% white vinegar and 50% warm water (if the vinegar smell bothers you, feel free to throw in some orange peels or some essential oils like tea tree), and spray that mixture on the stain.
Let it sit on the carpet for 15 to 20 minutes. That gives the vinegar enough time to break down the salt. Then take a clean sponge to the area and blot or lightly scrub to clean up the salt residue.
If the salt stain is really bad, go ahead and re-apply the vinegar solution and let it sit for another 15 to 20 minutes, and blot or lightly scrub once more and the stain should be gone.
Step Four: Get Ready for the Deep Clean
If the whole floor took a beating, get out the heavy-duty equipment. A steam cleaner is easy to find and rent. Here’s a few things you should know before grabbing one:
- You pay by the day to rent a steam cleaner, so make sure you get it when you need it.
- The cleaning solution is always sold separately. (If you or someone in your home is sensitive to chemicals, you could sidestep the cleaner and use one cup of white vinegar instead.)
- It’s a good idea to do a spot test on a piece of carpet that’s normally covered with furniture before you clean the rest of the room.
- When you rent a carpet cleaner, the company might want you to return the cleaner with the water tank still full, that way they can dispose of the water properly. Make sure you figure that out ahead of time. You can’t just pour the used water down the drain, there’s too many chemicals in there!
- These things can get heavy. You’ll have to carry it while the tank is full of water, and it’ll be even heavier then! So make sure you can handle carrying it!
Whew. That might seem like a lot to think about, but don’t worry. We’re always ready to lend a hand with carpet cleaning in Sioux Falls if you want us to!
Still ready to tackle the job? Cool! Here are some tips to get it done right:
- Move all of the furniture out of the room before you begin.
- Clean the room starting at the point furthest from the door, backing up so that the last place you clean is the spot right by the door. That way you don’t box yourself into a corner and have to walk over the clean carpet to get out of the room!
- Make sure to mix the right ratio of water to cleaner. You can find that info on the cleaner’s label. And if you opted to use white vinegar, just add half a cup.
- If you get done and the carpet doesn’t look clean enough, give it a few hours and then go over it again with the steam cleaner.
- Make sure to open doors and windows, not just to dry the carpet but to help air out any chemical or vinegar smell.
It might be an all-day project, but it’s well worth it. Your carpet will look awesome and you won’t risk tracking any loose salt or dirt into the rest of your house!
Want to free up your schedule a bit? Let us tackle the cleaning for you! We can get it done while you’re out for the day checking other things off of your to-do list. Get in touch to talk about how we can lend a hand!