Carpeted flooring in homes are great additions that bring a sense of comfort into any room. However, carpets are also known to catch a chunk of the dirt, dust, and debris that get into the house as the fibers tend to latch onto dust particles. Cleaning a carpet is a challenge for any homeowner as carpets are adhered to the ground.
Don’t worry if you haven’t cleaned your carpets in months! This article is meant to guide you through different cleaning solutions that would make carpet cleaning a breeze – no matter what carpet material you have in your home.
Using homemade carpet cleaners is the cost-effective way to clean your carpets, and you know exactly what goes into your cleaning solutions as opposed to the chemicals in commercial carpet cleaners.
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1. Professional Cleaning
Professional cleaning is still the best option, in our opinion, in cleaning carpets that are especially grimy and dirty. Professional carpet cleaners can clean deep into the carpet fibers to get rid of the gunk that got trapped between the fibers over the years. What you’re left with is a squeaky clean carpet that is almost like new!
Professional carpet cleaners will typically wash the carpet using a specially formulated solution that breaks down dirt and stains. They use a vacuum cleaner to remove the excess liquid before drying the carpet out to a fluffy, soft texture using a dryer. Luce Maintenance Group details their carpet cleaning in their website: https://sg.lucemg.com/services/carpet-cleaning.
We recommend you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year to maintain its freshness and durability. Dirty carpets tend to break down quicker than properly maintained carpets, so giving them a deep clean ensures that your carpets will last longer than you think!
2. Dry Clean Solution
If you don’t have time to wash your carpets, go for a dry cleaning solution instead. A dry clean solution is made from baking soda and your choice of essential oils, and will also deodorize your carpets as it pulls dirt together, making it easier to vacuum up the clumps.
Mix together 10-20 drops of your choice of essential oils into 2 cups of baking soda until completely incorporated. Sprinkle a generous amount of the mixture over your carpets, rub the powder deep into the carpet fibers, and allow it to sit for at least an hour. Vacuum up the baking soda solution, and your carpets should look and smell refreshed!
3. Spot Clean Solution
Got stained areas in certain spots on your carpet? Use a spray made with hydrogen peroxide and water to spot clean those areas away! Mix together equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle, and generously spray the solution on any stained areas. Hydrogen peroxide will lift the stain and sanitize the area at the same time!
Blot the solution out with a dry towel until the stain is completely gone. You may need to re-apply the solution as you go along. This is also the perfect solution for killing mold and mildew colonies, and getting rid of mold stains on frequently moist carpets. For a stronger solution for tough stains, use a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
4. DIY Carpet Shampoo
Making your own carpet shampoo is as easy as drawing a bath – really! Most homeowners would clean their carpets with commercial carpet shampoo or laundry detergent, but these may leave behind a waxy residue from the soap. They may also contain skin irritants that can cause allergic reactions on children and pets.
Instead, go for the safer option with castile soap. Castile soap is made from vegetable oils, but is completely clean and non-greasy! Mix together liquid castile soap and water just until the water holds up suds, and use this solution in place of your regular carpet shampoo. You may even add some fragrance to the mix if you prefer a sweet-smelling shampoo!
5. Grease Stain Spray
Dawn dish soap and vinegar make a miracle cleaning solution that breaks down oils from fabrics – including carpet fibers. Similar to the spot cleaning solution, create a mixture out of equal parts dawn dish soap, vinegar, and water. Place the solution in a spray bottle for easier handling.
Spray the solution anywhere that you’ve got oily or greasy stains such as food spills, drink spills, makeup stains, lotion stains, and more. Alternate between spraying the solution and blotting out the excess with a towel until the stain is completely gone.
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