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How to Make a DIY Car Carpet Cleaner in 10 Steps

  • diy car carpet cleaner
    September 16, 2019

    Cleaning car carpets regularly is necessary to maintain their beauty, extend their durability and functionality. This way, they can continue to serve their purpose: dampen the sound from the exterior, regulate the interior temperature and absorb excess moisture to prevent premature rusting of the car’s flooring. Of course, you can always take your vehicle to your favorite detailer to do the job for you. But sometimes, you wish you knew how to create a DIY car carpet cleaner so you can perform the task at home.

    If a DIY car carpet cleaner how-to is what you need, then, you came to the right place. We’ve created this post especially for people like you.

    DIY Car Carpet Cleaner Recipes 

    The type of cleaner you’ll need will depend upon the condition of your vehicle’s carpet.

    1. Homemade Carpet Cleaner and Conditioner

    If it’s for regular cleaning, a homemade carpet cleaning and conditioner will be your best option. This solution can remove dirt and also condition all types of car carpets. Here, you’ll need:

     4 tablespoons of all-purpose cleaner

    1 scoop of stain remover

    2 tablespoons of laundry detergent (liquid)

    1 teaspoon of fabric softener

    Procedure:

    1. Combine all the materials in a bucket.
    2. Mix thoroughly.
    3. Transfer to a spray bottle.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to use DIY car carpet cleaner recipes below.

    Vinegar Solution

    NOTE: Only use this solution for white or light-colored carpet as vinegar might fade a dark-colored one.

    Procedure:

    1. In a bucket, put a cup of vinegar.
    2. Dilute this with three cups of water.
    3. Transfer to a sprayer.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to use DIY car carpet cleaner recipes below.

    3. Dishwashing and Bleach Solution

    This DIY carpet cleaner not only removes dirt and grime. It also gives your car a pleasant smell.

    Procedure:

    1. Put a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid into a container.
    2. Add a cup of warm water.
    3. Put four drops of bleach.
    4. Stir thoroughly.
    5. Transfer to a sprayer.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to use DIY car carpet cleaner recipes below.

    Spot Removal Recipes

    For spot cleaning, you can use any of the recipes below:

    4. Hydrogen Peroxide and Lemon Solution

    By itself, hydrogen peroxide is already a powerful cleaner. Lemon oil, on the other hand, is an excellent degreaser that smells good too. Together, they make a cleaner that can remove most carpet stains.

    Procedure:

    1. Put 1-1/2 cups of water in a bucket.
    2. Add ¾ cup of hydrogen peroxide and 4 drops of lemon essential oil.
    3. Mix thoroughly.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to perform spot cleaning below.

    5. Homemade Degreaser for Car

    A homemade degreaser for car is what you’ll need for oily stains. It’s easy to make and requires ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen. Take note, however, that this solution is only for light-colored carpets.

    Procedure:

    1. In a container, combine the following: 1/2 cup each of white vinegar, dishwashing soap, and club soda, in that order.
    2. Transfer into a spray bottle.
    3. Shake to mix ingredients.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to perform spot cleaning below.

    6. Detergent Solution

    You can remove coffee stains on upholstery or carpet with this simple solution.

    Procedure:

    1. Just put a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a container.
    2. Add a cup of warm water.
    3. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Transfer to a spray bottle.
    5. Shake to mix.

    How to Use:

    Follow instructions on how to perform spot cleaning below.

    DIY Car Carpet Cleaner Recipes: How to Use

    Before using any of the carpet cleaners given above, we recommend the use of this step-by-step guide to ensure you get the best results. We also suggest trying out the cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. If there’s no discoloration, you can proceed. Otherwise, refrain from using the solution.

    1. Inspect vehicle and car carpet’s condition to determine what needs to be done. Does it need a regular maintenance car carpet cleaning, a deeper cleaning, or deep cleaning with spot/stain removal? Your findings will help you decide as to what type of carpet cleaner recipe to use.
    2. Find suitable recipes for DIY car carpet cleaner solutions. You will need to consider your car carpet’s color when selecting a recipe. If you have white or light-colored carpets, for example, a vinegar-based cleaner recipe may be a good option for you. If you have dark-colored carpets, then a detergent solution might be your best bet.
    3. Select the recipe you like best. Do you prefer a recipe with fewer ingredients? Or do you want something made out of the products already available in your home so you don’t have to rush to the supermarket to buy that missing ingredient? Or are you the type who chooses based on reviews and recommendations?  
    4. Check the availability of household products to fulfill the recipe, then make a list of what needs to be bought. When buying the ingredients, try to choose eco-friendly ones. Green products are safe for you, your vehicle, and the environment. They do not contain harsh chemicals that can affect your health and safety or generate chemical runoff that can damage the environment.
    5. If necessary, put on protective clothing before mixing the ingredients and take it off only when car carpet cleaning is complete. A pair of gloves will protect your hands, goggles will protect your eyes, and a face mask will protect your nose and respiratory system.
    6. Follow the recipe instructions and create your DIY car carpet cleaner.
    7. Get the car carpet ready. Remove the mats. These should be cleaned separately. Here’s how to clean rubber car mats. Then vacuum your car the right way to remove all contaminants.
    8. Apply spot/stain removal substance first:
      1. Isolate the area you want to perform spot cleaning on with masking tape.
      2. Get a clean rag. Dip this in the solution you prefer. Apply on the carpet stains.
      3. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
      4. Rinse by rubbing the area with a clean, white towel dipped in warm water.
      5. Dry thoroughly.
      6. Repeat the process if necessary.
    9. Apply DIY car carpet cleaner and let dry:
      1. Apply the suggested DIY car carpet cleaner.
      2. Let stand for a few minutes to allow the solution to work.
      3. Use a shop vac to scrub and suction all the dirty liquid away. Here are some tips on vacuuming a car the right way. Dry the carpets thoroughly.

     

    10. Put mats back and finalize by spraying some homemade air freshener.

    The next time you need to make a DIY car carpet cleaner, consider the recipes above. They can help you clean your carpets effectively without hurting your wallet since most of the ingredients you’ll need might already be in your kitchen or bathroom.

    If the stains prove difficult to remove with any of the DIY car carpet cleaner recipes above, you might want to consider car carpet recoloring. Or maybe schedule an appointment with DetailXPerts to have your car professionally detailed. Car carpet cleaning is included in any interior cleaning service we offer.

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