Carpet Cleaning is not one of my favorite chores. Most of the time, I am happy to delegate this task to a professional who can do it better than I can. Typically, I have a local Salt Lake City carpet cleaner come in and do a thorough cleaning, but this year, due to finances, I had to figure out a way to do it myself. I have broadloom carpet throughout my home, along with some very delicate oriental rugs that need regular maintenance. I vacuum them on a weekly basis, but with two kids and a dog, there are stains that inevitably find their way onto the surfaces.
I did some research on the internet and found some ‘recipes’ for cleaning solutions that are both effective and non-toxic. I have always had this preconceived notion that natural meant ineffective. I didn’t realize how wrong I was! As it turns out, there are many great solutions to carpet cleaning, both for maintenance and for wiping up those fresh spills and stains.
A mix of baking soda and water is a great stain remover, both for fresh stains and even ones that have been around for a few months. I mixed up a very thin paste (about 1 tbsp. of baking soda with half a cup of warm water) and applied it with a sponge. The stain was red wine that was spilled about 3 weeks before. The trick is to not rub too vigorously (this can push the stain further into the carpet) – just gently rub with a sponge; allow the spot to dry, and then vacuum the carpet as you normally would. I was pleasantly surprised with the results! You could barely see the stain and the carpet looked almost new.
Another great mixture is vinegar and water. This method can also help dilute a lingering odor caused by the stain. I used this on my broadloom carpet in my living room. It had a few pet stains that I needed to get rid of. Again, it worked great using a sponge and gently dabbing the affected area. Plus, there was no lingering vinegar smell, either.
It just goes to show you that natural ingredients can be just as effective as the more expensive, more toxic cleaners you get in a store! I feel safe knowing that the ingredients I’m using aren’t harmful to my children and dog. The next time you have a stain you need to get rid of, I hope you’ll keep these tips in mind.