There are many things you can do to keep your carpet clean and environmentally safe. Whether you choose to clean your carpet yourself or hire a carpet cleaning professional, you can still ensure that your carpet is being cleaned in an eco-friendly manner. Here are some suggestions to help you:
Start by purchasing a vacuum cleaner that has a great deal of suction power. One with a HEPA filter that can pull up and trap all the dirt, grime and dust that lurk within your carpet. Give your carpet a thorough vacuuming twice a week if possible. If not, at least once a week is essential. This will help keep dust and dirt and other debris that accumulates on your carpet to a minimum and help it to stay out of your carpet’s fibers.
Steam Clean With Vinegar
Steam clean your carpets with a combination of vinegar and very hot water instead of using a commercial shampoo. Vinegar will do just as good a job. It cleans by loosening dirt, and it deodorizes at the same time. If you don’t have a carpet cleaning machine, you can also wash your carpet one section at a time by using a sponge and a solution of vinegar and warm water.
If you have a problem with mold, you can end it by spraying the affected area with full strength vinegar. Then sprinkle salt to absorb any moisture left by the vinegar. Later, vacuum up the salt. Keep repeating this as many times as needed until the problem is solved.
If your dog or cat has an accident on your carpet, use vinegar and salt. Clean the area with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, and then sprinkle salt to absorb as much of the moisture as possible. By using this method you are not only cleaning the carpet, but disinfecting and deodorizing it as well.
Next, sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of cornstarch all over the affected area of your carpet to further deodorize it. Let it sit overnight and vacuum the carpet in the morning. This will leave the carpet with a clean, fresh scent.
Blood, Ink, Food and Beverage Stains
Remove blood, food and beverage stains with club soda. Take a paper towel or clean cloth and blot up as much of the liquid as you can, and then pour some club soda over the area and sponge it off. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Grease stains are another matter entirely. Sprinkle salt over grease stains and leave it sit overnight. By morning the salt should have absorbed the grease. Then all you have to do is vacuum.
For ink stains, put some cream of tartar on the stain and add a few drops of lemon juice. Rub the mixture thoroughly into the carpet, rinse with cold water and then blot it dry. If the stain is still visible, it’s okay to do the process again.
Also, if you decide to rent a machine to clean your carpet, even if it’s from a professional carpet cleaner, remember that you don’t know what the last person to rent that machine used for their cleaning solution. You might want to rinse out the cleaning compartment with warm water that has your own green cleaning solution in it to be sure that any remaining residue from the previous user is washed out.
Jake Hyet, the author of this article, is an expert in carpet cleaning,
having worked for Brisbane Carpet Cleaning Kings and
learned about the Carpet Cleaning Kings Services.
He has written many articles on the topic.
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