Spilling anything on a carpet is a nightmare. But this is especially true if you (or some small children who run riot around your home) have spilled something that might stain.
But do not fear, baking soda is one of the best things to use to clean pretty much anything. Baking soda is (unsurprisingly) mostly used in baking.
But we think it would be safe to say that it is used just as often for cleaning.
Baking soda works a dream on even the deepest stains.
But, you can’t just sprinkle a little over the spill and hope it magically disappears. So, here’s our guide to using baking soda on the carpet.
What stains can baking soda remove?
As mentioned above, baking soda seems almost magic when it comes to removing spills and stains. Even the deepest and darkest stains can be removed with some baking soda.
(That said, there are some types of carpet that will need a bit of extra work. We can’t promise that that red wine stain will be removed too easily from your white shag carpet).
Here are the substances that can be removed using baking soda:
- Grass stains
You might be able to get even more than these out. So, if dabbing with a damp cloth just isn’t doing the job, it’s always worth trying this baking soda method.
How to Use Baking Soda on Carpet: Step-by-Step Guide
So, that said, how exactly do you use baking soda on the carpet? It’s a pretty simple process but it can get messy. It is also a relatively long process as you need to let it settle in and work for a while.
To make sure you make the most of the baking soda method and get your carpet as clean as possible, here’s our simple step-by-step guide.
Step One: Make the Paste
Some people like to put the baking soda straight onto the stain, leave it to absorb and clean, and then sweep it up.
But, we think there is a much better method. This includes mixing the baking soda with another liquid to make a paste.
A paste will be much more effective. Sprinkling some baking soda might work on a light stain that is still wet. But deeper and dried stains are going to need a slightly more intense mixture. This is where the paste comes in.
Make the paste by mixing baking soda with water. The ratio of baking soda to water doesn’t matter too much. As it is only two ingredients, you can just add a little extra water if it’s too dry.
Or a little extra baking soda if it’s too wet. You want it to be a mixture that is a thick paste. But it still needs to be spreadable.
If you need to get out a really deep and dark stain, you can add vinegar instead of water. This will be a stronger paste.
Step Two: Applying the Baking Soda Paste
As we mentioned above, you can place the baking soda straight onto the stain. If you choose to start with just baking soda, you will still need a decent amount.
The way you apply the baking soda will depend on the type of stain. If the stain is wet, take a paper towel and dab it as much as you can beforehand.
This will get rid of the majority of the stain. Once you have done this, then you can apply the baking soda.
Using a spoon, scoop the baking soda straight from the tub and shake it across the stain. Make sure that the baking soda completely covers the stain. The amount of baking soda to use will depend on the depth and darkness of the stain.
You should use enough baking soda that you can no longer see the stain. If the baking soda has begun to sink into the stain (this is common if the spill is wet) add a little more until the stain disappears again.
If the stain or spill needs more work and requires the paste, then the application is a little different. Taking the paste in the bowl, use a spoon to scoop up the paste. Pour it over the stain.
Then, using the back of the spoon, spread the paste across the stain. With the paste, it’s less likely that the stain will begin to seep through as it does with the dry baking soda. But, if it does, use the same process and just apply more.
Step Three: Remove the Baking Soda
Leave the baking soda or baking soda paste on the stain or spill for around 3 hours. This should be okay for most stains. But, if they are really bad, leave the paste on overnight. But, don’t leave it on for more than 12 hours.
If you have used dry baking soda, then you can easily clean the baking soda away with a vacuum cleaner. If the stain is still wet, then definitely do not use a vacuum cleaner. This won’t work properly and the liquid might damage your vacuum cleaner.
Instead, use a brush and pan. Or just take a paper towel to remove it. If the stain is still there and wet, it might be time to use the paste method. Or, simply add more baking soda again.
If you have used the paste, it might have dried by the time you want to clean it away. If it is, then you should be able to vacuum the baking soda up. If the paste has clumped together or is still wet, then take a paper towel or a cloth to wipe it up.
Using baking soda is one of the best ways to remove a stain or spill. You can easily just use dry baking soda.
But mixing it into a paste with water or vinegar will make it even more powerful. So, start with the dry, then work toward vinegar.