Whether you have a household filled with pets, kids or simply a lot of foot traffic in your home, a few easy carpet cleaning tips could save you time and money. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals and prefer the natural way of cleaning, that’s possible, too. Some of the most effective ways to clean carpets or rugs is with natural products often found inside kitchen cabinets or bought from the grocery store. For example, simple products such as baking soda and vinegar can be used to remove carpet stains and freshen air. Follow the quick tips below to effectively clean your carpet the green way.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to clean and refresh carpet is with a box of baking soda. Use baking soda to treat pet messes, baby spills, and in general, to absorb every day smells. Sprinkle the baking soda straight out of the box and let it sit over night. The next day, vacuum it up and empty the bag or dump the canister that contains the debris.
Another easy way to freshen up the air and the carpets and rugs in your home is to use corn starch. Like baking soda, corn starch is inexpensive, easy to find and absorbs all kinds of odors quickly. Cover the area by sprinkling lightly the corn starch; let it sit as long as possible and then vacuum it up.
For carpet stains, use club soda straight from the bottle by blotting the area with a white cloth. Continue adding the club soda until the spot is absorbed and removed. Blot again with cool, clean water and let the area dry thoroughly before vacuuming and replacing furniture.
Vinegar, Salt, Borax
For more intense stains, mix a cocktail of one-quarter white vinegar, one-half cup of Borax, and one-quarter of regular salt into a spray bottle. Shake the solution and spray the effected area, but do not soak. Use a small, soft bristle brush like a toothbrush to rub the stain until it is lifted. You might have to repeat this a few times before the stain completely disappears. Allow the area to dry completely before vacuuming and putting back furniture.
If you have a steam cleaner, you can use it to clean entire carpets or just areas that are stained. You can also rent a rug cleaner inexpensively from your local supermarket of home improvement store. However, rather than buy chemical cleaners to use with the unit, create a greener solution of white vinegar and water. Mix 4 parts of hot water to 1 part straight white vinegar. The solution will leave your house smelling clean and refreshed and your carpets looking cleaner and newer than ever.
Simple Dish Soap
Try using a few drops of Dawn or simple dishwashing soap with hot water and a few tablespoons of baking soda mixed together and then applied to the area. Scrub with a small brush that is soft and then allow the solution to dry. The following day, vacuum the area.