As spring is upon us a lot of us love to carry out a thorough spring clean of our homes. Carpet cleaning is always top of the list, but we worry about the chemicals that we may be using especially if we have pets or children. Other times we may just want a quick solution to clean the carpet after a spill. The following solution is just brilliant! No chemicals and an instant solution:
Lemon essential oil (optional)
1. If using the lemon essential oil, mix it with the baking soda, then sprinkle the mixture on the spot. Allow it to sit on the stain for a little while– anywhere from an hour to overnight. Lemon is a wonderful all-around cleaner and it helps to deodorize the carpet as well. If you aren’t using the lemon, then sprinkle plain baking soda over the stain.
2. Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Generously spray this mixture on the baking soda and allow it to fizz.
3. Lay a towel or rag over the wet spot and press on it to absorb the moisture. I’ve heard it’s not recommended to “scrub” carpet, since it can damage the fibers.
4. Depending on the severity and age of the stain, you may have to repeat this process more than once.
It make take several applications, but I have had great luck at removing the toughest of stains. And, it’s all natural so you don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals in your house.
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The lemon extract is purely optional and added if you want a ‘fresh scent.’ You can add whatever you want to make your house better. My neighbor who lives about twenty acres away uses Thieves Oil and has mixed it with Lavender at one point too. Read More
This works, hands down probably the best solution to cleaning carpets I have come across. Of course there are carpet cleaning solutions and tips that we can use if we are not too fussed about using chemicals The following article is packed with various tips and some of them do include the use of over the counter stain removers, still some fabulous ideas.
1: Cleaning Different Types of Carpet
Carpets differ in a number of ways. There are low loop carpets (think Berber) and more plush/shaggy carpets. These can come with or without stain protection, and may be made of anything from 100 percent wool to synthetic fibers.
Let’s start with low-pile, looped carpets. While they are great for high-traffic areas, they may not be as apt to give up stains as plush carpets. You have to have patience when cleaning low-pile/looped carpeting; use a lot of elbow grease.
With a little bit of patience, you can have the carpet you love back looking and smelling wonderful again. Plus, if you are saving money for new carpeting, this helps you extend the life of your current flooring a little longer. That means more dollars in your purse AND a beautiful, spring-clean home.
2: Carpet Fluffing Technique I
Tired of dented-in spots where your furniture put pressure on the carpet? Allow an ice cube to melt into the dents. After the water has completely dissolved, take a soft towel and blot up the excess moisture. Do not press hard; this will dent the carpet again. Lay the moist towel on top of the dented area and run an iron (on cotton setting) back and forth across the towel. When the fibers feel almost dry, stop ironing the spot. Allow the carpet to air dry, then use your hands to fluff up the spot.
One of the biggest most valuable tips I have found is to really have a good vacuum of the carpet prior to using some of the above ideas. I have found if you are really thorough and use the hose attachment on the longer pile carpets, this really helps. You can soon have your carpets looking, feeling and smelling like new, carpet cleaning is an essential part of the spring clean of your home