For something you walk on, rugs and carpeting cost a pretty penny.
With the risk of sounding like a credit card commercial, rug-rejuvenating tips you can do at home are pretty much priceless.
Before you call a steamer company, or worse, the rug replacement guys, try these out:
1. Brighten Your Faded Rug. DIY Life lays out how to use salt and hot water to bring a rug back to life.
2. Clean Up Throw Up or Pet Poop. Scoop up the worst of the mess into a plastic bag and throw it out. Mix together 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup dish detergent, and a few cups of hot water. Blot the stained area with the mixture, being careful not to rub too hard or you'll set the stain.
3. Clean Urine Stains. Carefully dry up as much of the urine as possible, blotting with a towel. Mix together vinegar and cool water and saturate the spot (use this on rugs -- if it's carpeting, beware you're soaking the floor below). The vinegar will help kill that urine smell.
4. Clean Set-In Stains. Soak a cloth in a floor cleaner (like the one in #2), lay over the stain, and put something heavy on top to weigh it down. Allow to sit overnight, with the cloth absorbing the stain. Then clean as in #2.
5. Clean Up Mold. On a light-colored rug, use hydrogen peroxide and a toothbrush to kill the mold down to the roots of the carpet. For darker colors, lemon juice and salt or a non-chlorine bleach will work.
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