If you are living with small kids and pets, you most likely prefer green carpet cleaning strategies instead of using toxic cleaners that can be harmful to the health of your kids and pets. Most toxic cleaners and chemical-based carpet cleaning solutions release substances that pollute the air and water, especially if they are not disposed of properly. This is indeed a big no-no for eco-friendly homeowners like you.
Fortunately, there are lots of natural and organic methods that you can implement when cleaning your carpet in order to avoid the harmful effects of toxic chemical cleaners. What is great about going au natural is that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get your carpets cleaned and free of stains and odors – which often come from the mess that your kids and pets make every time they play on your precious carpets. Most of the supplies you need are already inside your home. If not, you can find them in most grocery stores at an affordable price. You do not have to visit some faraway specialty shop to get your carpets naturally cleaned.
Here are some green carpet cleaning tricks you might want to try.
- Getting rid of the bad smell
Sometimes, even after spending hours cleaning and removing the stains from your carpet, the smell still remains. To effectively remove the smell, sprinkle baking soda on the area that still has the smell. Leave it for about 30 minutes to a maximum of one hour. Vacuum your carpet to remove the excess baking soda.
According to experts, baking soda works great in absorbing odors and moistures. Thus, it can also work great for other areas of the house where there is a foul smell that you cannot get rid of. For best results, consider adding a couple drops of lavender oil or ground cloves to the baking soda before sprinkling on the smelly area.
- Green deep cleaning with vinegar
Vinegar has been proven to be an effective cleaning agent. You can use it to remove most stains on practically any surface around the house. For your carpets, combine vinegar with salt and borax to create a paste that you can use to remove deep stains and heavily soiled areas of your carpet. Apply the paste mixture on the stained area and let it sit for several hours until it dries completely before vacuuming your carpet.
You can also use vinegar to shampoo your carpet. Combine straight up white vinegar with warm water and wash your carpet with the mixture. Rinse thoroughly with water and dry completely. If you are cleaning your carpet using a steam cleaner to clean a deeply soiled carpet, dill your machine with a mixture of one cup of vinegar and 2.5 gallons of warm water.
- Removing common stains
Every day, different things can stain your carpet, from food spills to pet accidents. Fortunately, these stains can be easily removed using materials and supplies that are already inside your home. Try these green carpet cleaning items to remove common stains.
For grease stains on your carpet, sprinkle cornstarch on the stained area and wait for at least half an hour. This will allow the cornstarch to soak up the grease. Vacuum the area to remove the soaked cornstarch.
If your pet has suddenly made your carpet his or her favorite area to relieve himself, this may result in smelly stains on your carpet. To clean these areas, you can use liquid dishwashing detergent with vinegar and warm water and spot clean the area.
If you accidentally spilled coffee on your carpet, immediately blot the area using a dry and clean towel. After removing the excess coffee, mix water with distilled white vinegar to blot the stained area. Allow the mixture to sit on the stained area for at least 15 minutes before cleaning with a damp rag.
Aside from coffee, wine is also another common drink that could accidentally be spilled on your carpet. To remove wine stains, simply cover the stained area with a generous amount of salt. Let the salt sit on the stained area for several minutes to give it time to absorb the wine and the color. Scrape the salt using paper and a table knife and discard. Blot the area with cool water to remove any remaining color.
Looking for more green carpet cleaning information? Call MBHS Carpet Cleaning today.
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29577