How to Clean White Carpet

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White carpet adds a special flair to your home. The look screams "high maintenance" and "expensive." But many homeowners shy away from white carpeting because it is so hard to maintain, especially when you have pets, small children and high foot traffic going throughout the house on a regular basis. If you have a white carpet, you are one of the bold few who have taken on this challenge; you can never have enough tips for cleaning your carpet and keeping it looking and smelling fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar Protective shoe covers Absorber drying cloth Windex
  • Put on plastic booties before you start cleaning your white carpet. Sprinkle pet carpet powder on the carpet to lift any unsightly colored pet hairs off the fibers. Allow the powder to sit for a few moments, then vacuum it out of the carpet.

  • Treat any spots and stains on the white carpet with Windex or vinegar and water mixed together in a spray bottle. Spray your spot cleaner directly on the stain, allow it to be absorbed for a few moments, then apply a product like the Absorber or ShamWow to the spot to lift both the dirt and excess cleanser from the carpet. Repeat the process for all areas that are visibly stained.

  • Steam-clean your white carpet. Use Woolite with Oxygen in the mixture for your steam cleaner. Load the steam cleaner with the hottest water possible before you run it over your white carpet. Allow the surface to dry for 5 hours or more before letting anyone walk through the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start from the farthest wall and work your way back to another room, so you won't risk walking back over the white carpet after cleaning. You can also use OxyClean to lift spots from your white carpet (see Resources). If there is a lot of foot traffic in the room with the white carpet, invest in a plastic runner or long rug that people can walk on instead.
  • Resist the temptation to use bleach on your white carpet. The bleach will compromise the integrity of the fibers in the carpet, remove any protective sealant that is present on the carpet, and accelerate wear and tear.

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