Besides, there are other natural organic alternatives to cleaning and maintaining your carpets. Many of these use products that are already available in your home. These, thus, make carpet maintenance more affordable and more cost effective.
The most common of these natural cleaning alternatives is vinegar. For carpet stains, you can opt to mix vinegar with water or you can also apply a small amount of vinegar direct to the stain. If you are worried about this damaging your carpet, you can test a small sample in an area of carpet that is unseen, such as in a corner or under furniture.
Green Carpet Cleaning Hacks
There are many green carpet cleaning techniques using vinegar and other natural products. These solutions help you keep your carpets clean and in great shape. Plus, you are not spending a lot of money or harming the environment.
For specific problems, we have included a few eco-friendly tips below:
Removing grease and oil spills
Use cornflour to remove greasy spills on your carpet. This is particularly successful if it has just happened and has not yet sunk into the carpet.
Sprinkle cornflour on the grease and wait for five minutes to allow it to absorb the grease. Once you have removed the grease, you can use vinegar to two parts water to remove any remaining residue.
Removing coffee, cola or chocolate
For these stains, you will need to mix a solution of one part vinegar with 2 parts of water. Use a sponge to apply this eco-cleaning solution to your stained carpet.
Rinse and wring out the sponge before dipping it back into the cleaning solution. Repeat the process until the stain disappears.
Green Cleaning For You (GCFY) suggest refraining from rubbing the solution into the stain. This will only result in the stain spreading. Also, if you are able to clean the stain as soon as it happens, the easier it will be for you to remove them. You do not even need to use vinegar.
If the stain has set and seeped well into the carpet, a vinegar and water solution will help remove the stain.
Removing crayon and glue stains
Crayon and glue stains on carpets and rugs are most common amongst households with children. To remove these stains, you will need to dip an unused toothbrush in a cup of undiluted vinegar. Use the soaked toothbrush and brush and scrub on the stained area. Try to be gentle when doing this.
To remove dried glue on your carpet, you need to mix vinegar with water. Use a sponge to apply the cleaning solution to the affected area. Blot the area with the soaked sponge in a gentle manner. If this does not remove the dried glue, you can try warming vinegar and blot it with the dried glue using a sponge. Wait for a 10 to 15 minutes before lightly scraping the dried glue.
Mildew often develops in damp carpets and rugs. It is important to remove any type of liquid spilled on your carpet as soon as possible. Also, make sure your carpet has completely dried out.
Otherwise, you will have to kill the mildew using a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Use a sponge to apply it on your carpet. Wait for several minutes to allow the vinegar to kill the mildew. After this, you will have to dry the carpet.
GCFY recommend you bring the carpet out and let it dry under the sun if this is at all possible. You can also use a hairdryer to dry the area that you treated. Make sure your carpet is completely dried before putting it back inside the house.
Use a professional carpet cleaning service
If all else fails, or you are unhappy with the results of your DIY attempts, then call in the experts. We have over 10 years of cleaning experience with environmentally friendly products.
GCFY use eco-friendly green cleaning products for all our services. You can book via telephone on (01) 839 7730 or book online at https://store.gcfy.ie/store.
Clean your carpet on a regular basis
At Green Cleaning For You, we recommend our clients vacuum and clean their carpets on a regular basis. Below is a table of our recommendations:
For a more detailed explanation, please read our article How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?