Almost every home and property has at least one carpet that needs suitable cleaning.
Soiling, grit, dust mites, allergens and other pollutants get trapped in the fabric. They can not only make the carpet look dull and darker, but contaminate the air.
Use these easy green carpet cleaning tips to freshen up your carpet. They are effective against mold, mildew, harmful microorganisms, spillages, and smears.
Regular vacuum cleaning will reduce the spread of dust mites, the main instigators of asthma and allergic reactions. Use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters, strong engine, and rotating brushes.
A good vacuum will trap the dirt and dust and not let them return on the carpet. Repeat the vacuum cleaning several times especially on high traffic areas.
Beyond vacuuming: spills and odors
Clean the spills from your carpet immediately after they appear. Use a paper or fabric cloth to cover and soak the spill. Sticky substances scrape with a spoon or spatula. Don’t rub the spill. Rubbing will damage the carpet fabric and spread the stain on a larger area.
You can easily make an effective and easy cleaning solution for removing stains. Mix half teaspoon of the detergent (for laundry or dishes) or liquid soap in glass of warm water.
Apply it on the stain. Blot with a white cloth, pressing it onto the stained area and then removing the cloth. Repeat several times without rubbing until the stain vanishes.
Rinse with a cleaning solution made of several drops of white vinegar dissolved in a glass of water. Blot with another cloth.
Club soda is effective in removing red wine stains from carpets. You can use corn meal, baking soda, or corn starch to remove greasy stains from carpets. Sprinkle any of these on the carpet and let them sit for six hours or overnight. Then vacuum clean the area.
To remove odors from your carpets, use baking or washing soda. Most carpet deodorizers contain ingredients and fragrances that only mask the odors. The soda will soak up and neutralize the smell. Sprinkle it on the carpet surface and let it work for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum.
Deep carpet cleaning: steam cleaning
Use a steam cleaner to provide deeper cleaning and refreshing of your carpet . Carpet shampoo leaves a residue. You don’t need it. Use plain hot water to clean the carpet working with the machine according to the manufacturer’s directions.
If you want more carpet cleaning power, use a solution of a glass of white vinegar and 2 gallons of water. SparklingCarpets North West London advises 2 glasses of vinegar for an even more concentrated and stronger cleaning solution.
Steam cleaning with this solution not only removes the dirt and deodorizes the carpet. It also extracts shampoo residue left on it from previous cleaning sessions.
Open the windows or/and turn on the ventilation system in the room while steam cleaning and after completing it. Doing so will protect the carpet from mold and odor. Don’t steam clean the carpet on damp and humid days.
Using these tips will freshen and deep clean your carpet and improve its condition. They use only safe, non-toxic ingredients that you already have around the house.