Most of us vacuume on a regular basis. For me that is daily and many times multiple times a day with all the kids messes.
There are times when vacuuming alone is not enough. Whether it is a spill or just high traffic area carpet cleaning is sometimes necessary.
Carpet cleaning without chemicals isn’t as hard as you may think. There are a few options depending on what you are trying to achieve.
Spills and other liquid messes
If you have kids, spills are going to happen. First thing you want to do is get up as much liquid as possible.
If you have a carpet cleaner then this can be much easier. Simply use the carpet cleaner without squirting any water out to suck up all the liquid.
If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, no worries just take a clean cloth and blot. Do not rub the liquid, only blot it up as much as possible.
Once the liquid is up it is time to get it clean. The sooner you get the liquid up after a spill the better your chances of not having a stain.
Getting out the color
We all want our carpet to look nice so getting out any discoloration a spill may have caused is important.
Start with pure water. If you have a carpet cleaner just add water and clean normally. If cleaning by hand use a spray bottle with water and spray directly on the spot. Blot with a clean cloth.
You may need to repeat the process several times to get all the discoloration out.
Once you have all the color out it is time to clean and disinfect the carpet.
The wonders of Vinegar
Vinegar is a wonderful natural cleaner for many things and carpet is one of them.
It not only cleans but it also disinfects and neutralizes odors.
Vinegar does have a strong smell but it dissipates very quickly leaving no chemical smell just clean fresh carpet.
You can use half water half vinegar in your carpet cleaner and use normally or mix equal parts in a spray bottle for hand held use.
For mild spills one application should be more than enough. For tougher spills and for high traffic areas multiple applications may be needed.
When using a carpet cleaner make sure to go over the carpet several times to get out as much water out as possible as this will greatly reduce the time needed for drying.
When cleaning by hand, spray on spot or high traffic area and let sit a minute or two. If needed use a scrub brush to get down into the fibers, especially for stuck in dirt.
Then, take a clean cloth and blot up as much water as possible. A great way to blot and not scrub with maximum force is to take a large towel, lay it over the spot and stand on it for a few minutes.
Once all the water is up you are ready to let it dry and have nice clean carpet.
Vinegar can even neutralize odors from urine. Which comes in handy if you have pets or children.
Hard to clean stains and red spots
Red spots are the worst for carpet but sometimes other stains are just as stubborn.
If you have ever help your child make an exploding volcano you know that vinegar and baking soda together can create a fun mess.
Well, we can use this to clean up carpet messes also.
When vinegar and baking soda are combined they release oxygen. Those tiny foamy bubbles can help break up the stains in carpet.
Simply put baking soda on the carpet over the spot and add straight vinegar. Wait until it stops foaming and blot up.
If the stain persists you can repeat as needed.
Fleas and other pesky bugs
Fleas and other bugs can make a cozy little home in your carpet which can be very difficult to get rid of.
Vinegar alone will not kill these pesky bugs. But, the magic of apple cider vinegar will.
You cause use apple cider vinegar just like you did the vinegar. In your carpet cleaning machine or in a spray bottle mixed half and half with water.
For killing bug you will want to wet the carpet with the apple cider vinegar mixture and let it sit as long as possible. Ideally about an hour.
I had a horrible infestation of fleas once when we got a new dog and it took forever to get rid of them. But, apple cider vinegar did the trick.
If you are using a carpet cleaner, after letting the mixture sit fill the cleaning compartment with more mixture and clean as usual.
If cleaning by hand let carpet dry until it is dry to the touch then vacuum the dead bugs up.
It is a simple but effective process. Unfortunately you will need to do all the carpet in your entire house to get rid of an infestation.
Freshening up carpet
If your carpet isn’t visibly dirty but just smells a bit, baking soda can help.
Baking soda is great for fighting odors not just in the frig but everywhere.
Simple sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and let sit 15-20 minutes, then vacuum as normal.
Your carpet will smell fresh and clean.
This will not hurt your carpet so doing this weekly can keep carpet always smelling great.
With so many natural options it is easy to keep carpet clean and fresh even with kids that love to make messes.
Have you tried any of the products above? Or do you have other natural cleaners that work wonders?
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