How to Make Carpets New Again & Stain Resistant


Household carpets are subjected to dirt, spills, furniture weight and many footsteps throughout their lifetimes. The carpet pile flattens over time and looks tired and shabby. Staining will affect the carpet and may cause discoloration and damage to the fibers. Refresh the carpet and make it look new again using a homemade, inexpensive cleaning solution. Stain-resistant carpet sprays are sold in aerosol cans available in hardware stores. The spray bonds the carpet fibers, forming a protective coating that prevents stains from seeping into the pile.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft-bristled pile brush
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Stain-resistant carpet spray
  • Ventilate the room by opening windows and doors, if weather permits. Ammonia emits a strong odor, and fresh air will also assist in a quicker drying time.

  • Remove any portable items from the room and vacuum the carpet thoroughly.

  • Mix 1/2 cup of clear, household ammonia and 2 cups of water in an empty spray bottle. Household ammonia can be purchased at hardware and some grocery stores.

  • Spray the ammonia mix in equal amounts on the carpet. Do not over-soak; a light mist will suffice.

  • Brush the carpet gently with a soft-bristled pile brush. The ammonia will work into the pile and rejuvenate the fibers. Brush the carpet pile in one direction, working backward and starting at the furthest point from the door. Do not scrub the carpet, as this may damage or remove the fibers.

  • Blot up excess moisture with an absorbent cloth and allow the carpet to thoroughly air dry.

  • Spray the carpet in equal amounts with the stain-resistant spray and allow to air dry. This spray will vary in quality and cost but should last for at least a month.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use a blotting motion with a clean, white, absorbent cloth. Blotting will not damage the carpet pile, and a white cloth will not cause color transfer to the carpet.
  • Do not use ammonia on wool carpets or Chinese rugs.
  • Do not allow pets into the room with the cleaned carpet until the ammonia odor has evaporated. Pets are attracted to ammonia and may want to mark their territory on the carpet.

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