Are you striving towards leading a healthier and chemical free life? There are ways to avoid the use of harsh detergents and chemicals even for tough jobs such as cleaning your carpet. In fact, some of the common household items which you probably have at home can be quite efficient when dealing with carpet stains, carpet foul odour as well as for overall carpet cleaning and sanitizing. This is not only healthier for you, your family and pets, but can save you money as well.
Here are some ideas for
Cleaning Your Carpet Without Chemicals
Hover it on a regular basis
In order to keep your carpet as clean as possible make sure that you hoover it thoroughly at least once a week. You may need to do this more often if you have pets, toddlers, or people with allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems at home. If possible, flip over the carpet and hoover it from the back side as well. This will help remove the dust and dirt and will prevent serious soiling of the carpet over time.
Act quickly with stains
Always treat any spills on your carpet as soon as possible. Leaving the spill can cause permanent or difficult to remove stains, molding and bad odours. Spills should be blotted with paper towels or a clean cloth until all excess liquid is removed. Never rub the spill as this will only increase the damage on your carpet.
Apply DIY Cleaning Detergent
In order to clean stains, use lukewarm water and distilled vinegar. Dampen a cloth or sponge and dab the stain. If the stain is greasy, you may need to add a little mild pH neutral soap or dishwashing detergent to help remove the oily substance. After you are done, rinse the spot with a damp cloth and then cover it with paper towels and press, so that you remove any excess water.
Keep in mind that some carpets cannot be treated with water, so make sure you read the label on your rug, as well as to perform a test with water or any other solution you are planning to use on a small and hidden spot on your carpet first.
Wine stains can successfully be cleaned with club soda. Use an ice cube to freeze gum which has been stuck to your carpet, which makes it easier to remove. Greasy stains should be covered with corn starch and left to sit overnight. On the next morning hoover the corn starch or corn meal off of the stain.
If you have a smelly carpet, or if you simply want to refresh it, sprinkle it generously with baking soda and let it sit overnight. In the morning hoover the baking soda off, and you will be amazed at the results!
Don’t forget that professional cleaning is as important as regular maintenance, so call a cleaning company once or twice a year to take care of your textile flooring.