Use your Vacuum First!
The best first step in proper carpet maintenance is frequent vacuuming, which removes deeply embedded dirt, sand and particles which will split and wear out the carpet fibers. Carpet experts recommend vacuuming thoroughly every week to keep dirt and dust to a minimum. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who don’t mind vacuuming, you’ve got it made! The rest of us just have to force ourselves to be disciplined and get the vacuum cleaner out regularly.
Basic Carpet Freshener
If you have a powerful vacuum cleaner, you can make a natural carpet freshener from your favorite essential oil and baking soda. Add approximately 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil for each cup of baking soda. Mix well to distribute the oils and break up any clumps. Use a jar with a shaker cap to sprinkle evenly over carpet, and let sit while you do your other cleaning, and then vacuum. Be sure to do this on a dry day so the baking soda doesn’t pick up any moisture. If you have pets, you can add 1/2 cup of borax to keep away fleas, but be sure to keep both pets and children off the carpet while the mixture is down. Note: if you use a bagging vacuum cleaner, make sure you have extra bags on hand, as this will fill up the vacuum bag quickly.
One of the greatest challenges for pet owners is removing stains from pet “accidents” using natural carpet cleaning techniques and without using harsh chemicals. Pet urine has both acid and alkaline components which should be counteracted by using both baking soda and vinegar. Try this formula for new stains.
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Basic Carpet Stain Formula II
Here’s another natural carpet cleaning formula to try.
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1/2 cup vinegar
Mix the three ingredients into a paste. Use a clean, white towel to rub the mixture directly into the stain. and leave for a few hours. Vacuum thoroughly.
Basic Pet Stain Formula
Try this on stains that have already set.
Caution: test first on a hidden area
to be sure the peroxide won't change the color of the carpet.
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Liquid glycerin soap (or dish soap)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Note: You may be tempted to use a scrub brush for this treatment, but you risk splitting the carpet fibers if you work it too vigorously.
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