Carpet Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home
In order to keep carpet clean, you need to have the right tools for the job. Fortunately, you have many of them in your home at this very moment. Even better, there are homemade solutions for all kinds of different messes for all kinds of different carpet types. This is important to keep in mind because store-bought cleansers from your local home center can get pricey.
So take it from your friends at Chem-Dry of Beaufort, in order to keep carpet clean you don’t need to spend a lot to get a lot of effective options. These homemade solutions are non-toxic and even more effective than those costly cleaners. So, let’s take a look at what you can use to create your own carpet cleaning solutions without the acidic and abrasive chemicals.
Deep Cleaning Options
Every carpet needs a good deep cleaning at least once a year, perhaps twice if your home or place of business receives higher than normal rates of consistent foot traffic. Homes with pets and children will also probably want to give the carpet a deep clean more than once a year. So, grab yourself one of those carpet cleaning machines and let’s get to work.
You’re going to create a paste that combines one tablespoon of sodium percarbonate and approximately a ¼ cup of white vinegar. Add some essential oils to give the carpet a fresh new scent. Put it all together into a gallon of water and place on the stove. Heat it up to a temperature hot enough that it’s about to reach the boiling point. Remove from the stove and then pour it carefully into carpet cleaning machine.
You’re ready to go. Switch on your machine and clean your carpets.
Synthetic Fiber Carpets
The thing about cleaning synthetics with homemade cleansers is that you need to know which ingredients will the most effective at doing the job. Synthetics can be finicky about their interaction with cleaners you create on your own. You want to make sure you’re creating a concoction that will actually clean the fibers instead of just making them wet and not actually scouring dirt and bacteria away.
So, you have a couple of choices when it comes to creating a solution that will handle your carpet and the level of soil that it receives over a period of time. A detergent-based solution is one that you can mix together for some cleansing might towards the dirtiest of fibers. It’s also a simple solution that combines about a ¼ teaspoon of standard dish soap and a cup of warm water.
You can also use a vinegar-based solution that combines one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water or a solvent-based options that brings the most potential cleaning power by adding a non-acetone nail polish remover or oil solvent. This last option is your strongest bet for getting out tough dirt and grime from a synthetic fiber carpet.
Natural Fiber Carpets
Synthetics can be finicky but natural fibers are particularly fastidious because they need to be carefully protected when cleaning. The type of cleanser you choose to work on natural fibers is important to preserve the look and feel of your carpet for the long-term.
With that said, consider these solutions for cleaning the natural fibers of your carpet for the greatest efficacy.
You can go with a similar detergent-based option but for natural fiber carpets you want to increase your level of dish soap to a full teaspoon into warm water this time.
If you want to go with a vinegar-based option, combine smaller amounts of white vinegar and warm water at a ¼ cup of each. Natural fibers can also withstand ammonia-based solutions where you combine one tablespoon of clear ammonia into a ½ cup of warm water. This can give your cleaning solution some additional cleansing power should you need it but not all carpets do well with strong chemicals.
Natural fibers can also withstand solvent-based cleansers and if you want to go this route, mix the same formula as you would for synthetic fibers.
The delivery system for these solutions is simple. Create the cleaner you want and put into a mister or spray bottle. Then spray the carpet completely. Don’t oversaturate the material, but make sure the entire surface is covered.
One last word of caution, be careful with some of these ingredients, especially the ammonia. This can be injurious to children and pets. Follow the warnings on the bottle and store properly at all times.
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