We Tried 6 Of The Best Carpet-Cleaning Hacks So You Don’t Have To

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

If you’ve ever spilled something on a carpet (and let’s be honest, we all have), you know it can be ridiculously difficult to get stains out.

Unlike a stained shirt, you can’t just toss it in the washing machine — but here’s what you can do. Try out these six carpet-cleaning hacks the next time you make a mess of your rug.

1. Coffee Stain

To get a coffee (or other dark drink) stain out of a carpet, mix together one part glass cleaner and two parts water. Coat the stain with cleanser, then lay an old T-shirt on the stain. Iron the T-shirt to lift the stain from the carpet.

2. Pet Hair

To get fuzzy pet hair off a carpet, use a squeegee!

3. Shag Rug

To clean a shag rug without removing the individual carpet fibers, roll over the carpet with a lint roller, then flip it over, and vacuum the underside.

4. Chewing Gum

To remove gum from a carpet, put ice on the gum for 5 to 10 minutes, then scrape it off.

5. Other Stains

Mix together baking soda, dish soap, and white vinegar, then spritz it on the stain and scrub to remove.

6. Carpet Dents

To lift carpet dents, rest ice on the area for a few minutes. Place Styrofoam under the table/chair legs to prevent future dents.

For more in-depth instructions, watch the video below! And if you’re going to try out any of these hacks, please SHARE this article with your friends!

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