Often, we find ourselves forgetting to clean our carpets. It’s important to regularly give your rug a cleaning because carpets “trap pollutants like dust mites”, which is detrimental for anyone’s health. Those with allergies should especially pay attention to the carpet cleaning alternatives that are readily available.
It’s common amongst households to lack the necessary materials required to clean carpets. While you can find these cleaning materials in retail stores, the prices are too expensive. Fortunately, there are a few natural alternative cleaning accessories that you can find in your home.
In this article, we discuss the most common DIY cleaning accessories that can be used in your home. Also, we'll go into detail on a few chemicals that you can use to clear up hard to remove stains that land on your carpet.
We hope to give you enough information to make your cleaning accessories at home.
By the end of this article, you will have the information to get yourself a set of natural cleaning accessories that can clean almost any stain from your carpet.
Your rug is an important investment if you want to improve your home’s aesthetic. So, if you spend a lot of money on your rug, you should take proper care of it. No matter how beautiful your rug is, it is sensitive to chemicals that will destroy its appearance.
While you can use conventional methods to clean your rug, it's not recommended. Conventional cleaning methods contain toxins, harsh detergents, and solvents that reduce the lifespan and quality of your carpet. “Many cleaning supplies can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches”, so think twice before you use chemicals on your rugs.
That is why you'll want to use natural carpet cleaners. They offer an effective and simple solution to most of your carpet cleaning needs. Keeping your carpet in pristine condition requires effort, and having natural cleaners at your disposal allows you to keep the carpet clean without exposing it to toxins.
On rare occasions, you'll encounter a stain that's hard to remove. Even though natural cleaners such as baking soda are good at removing stains, they aren't perfect. That's when you'll have to use chemicals to clean your carpet.
It requires a lot more effort and skill to use chemicals to clean your carpet. You run the risk of having a discolored carpet if not used correctly. Read the directions in a thorough manner to keep your carpet remaining clean.
Most professional carpet cleaners use chemicals to clear carpet stains in a quick and uniform manner. They are highly trained to remove almost any stain that you'll encounter. We suggest hiring a professional cleaner if you don't know how to use chemicals effectively.
Let's take a look at the ways you can naturally wash your carpets.
Baking soda is a quick and inexpensive way to revitalize your carpet. It has no impact on the environment and works to remove stains and odors effectively. Since you spend about 90% of your day indoors, incorporating baking soda as a cleaning agent won’t negatively affect the air around you.
To use baking soda effectively, place a generous amount on the affected area of your carpet. Mist the stain with some hot water to reduce odor and color of the stain. Then, you should let the solution sit for three hours, so it can thoroughly settle. Make sure to vacuum the carpet to prevent the stain from destroying it.
When cleaning your carpet, you want to have something that's acidic enough to get the stains out. Vinegar is acidic enough to remove grime, grease, and soap scum located on your rug. Make sure that you use water to dilute the strong properties associated with the vinegar.
One thing that's useful about salt is that it’s strong enough to bind up stains. It absorbs certain liquids such as cranberry juice and red wine to keep your carpet fresh and clean.
To use salt effectively, place it on top of the stained area. Let it absorb the salt for a total to 10-15 minutes. After that, use a vacuum to remove the salt. Lastly, use carpet cleaner spray to get rid of the stain completely.
Wet shampoo used to be a popular method of cleaning your carpet. Combine shampoo with a tool to help clean the dirt pile on your carpet.
In fact, you can use a spin brush to remove the built-up dirt. It will take an average of 24 hours to fully rinse and dry your carpet back to its normal state.
Cornstarch is great for removing oil stains, grease, and ink stains. When using it, you'll want to mix it with milk to create a simple paste. Place the paste on the affected spill and allow it to dry up for a few hours.
Brush off the extra residue and complete the cleaning process by vacuuming. It's a natural cleaner that effectively aids in making your carpet look as good as new.
On the other hand, we have chemical ways to clean the carpet, too.
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful chemical that can remove almost any stain from your carpet. Use the 3% solution that's sold as an antiseptic in most drug stores. We recommend not to buy the stronger solutions that are sold in cosmetic departments. They will make the stain worse and potentially destroy your rug.
Chlorine should be used on heavy stains that are hard to remove. Use it with caution so that you don't run the risk of destroying your carpet. With the right amount of time and patience, you'll see the stain removed almost instantly.
To use chlorine bleach as a carpet cleaning solution, you'll have to mix it with 1 teaspoon of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach.
Don't leave the solution in the carpet for no longer than two minutes. Next, you'll want to use water to flush out the solution from the carpet.
This chemical is found in most "All-fabric" bleaches. In fact, it's strong enough to be used as a substitute for hydrogen peroxide. Understand that you'll have to keep it in longer than hydrogen peroxide for this to work properly.
Remember, you don't have to pay a lot of money to fix your carpet. In fact, most solutions can be found in your home. If you plan on using chemicals, use them safely to avoid any issues and discoloration.
To conclude, using the right natural cleaners can keep and maintain the value of your carpet.