Although we thought we'd read the proverbial book on green carpet cleaning, we know that spray on solutions don't always cut it. Instead of spending your afternoon on your hands and knees trying to scrub out set-in stains, preheat your iron instead. Yup, that's right—your iron!The tech and household tip blog Lifehacker recently offered a suggestion from a reader that came straight from a professional carpet steam cleaner — which is money in the bank as far as we're concerned!
Instead of scrubbing your set in stains, try spraying a mixture of 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water over the stain in question. Next place a clean, terry towel over the top and with a hot iron set to the highest level of steam, iron the stain right out. That's all there is to it!
The method would give you a larger amount of concentrated steam and heat that you wouldn't get from a portable home steam cleaner. The vinegar keeps things clean and makes sure you don't remove any color from your carpets as well. Although it's been untested (by us personally), this method would also work on upholstery. We suggest testing on a small unseen area first to make sure your fabric can take the heat!
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