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No matter how often you clean your home, carpets accumulate stains and can make your home appear dingy and lacking in maintenance. Regular carpet cleaning brightens the carpet and removes the stains and while carpet cleaning solutions and stain removers can work well for your home, they also tend to contain harsh chemicals that may be bad for you, are expensive and potentially toxic.
The first step in cleaning your carpets is to remove any loose debris. This is most easily accomplished by sweeping your carpet and vacuuming thoroughly.
You can create a multipurpose carpet cleaner that will remove stains, prevents mold growth and deodorizes with items that probably already own.
One way to create a carpet cleaner is to mix one part borax with two parts cornmeal to make cheap and effective carpet powder. If your carpet is harboring heavier odors, replace the cornmeal with baking soda and sprinkle the mixture over your entire carpet. Wait for an hour and then vacuum your floor. This helps to eliminate odor, light stains and dirt that normal vacuuming typically misses.
Pre-treat any remaining stains with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water and for the most stubborn stains on lighter carpets, try a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
Be sure to test any stain-removing mix first, especially on darker carpets in an inconspicuous areas, such as the corner of a closet.
First scrub the stain with the stain-removing mixture and allow it to sit for 15 minutes and follow by using an old rag to soak up as much of the moisture as possible.
If you don’t own a carpet-cleaning machine, you can rent one for a minimal price. Always use very hot water as this will help to remove dirt and stains more effectively. Fill the soap reservoir with a natural carpet cleaning solution and proceed as directed. You can also use a natural laundry detergent in place of carpet cleaner. If you don’t want to use detergent, hot water alone will remove much of the built up grime.
Clean the entire carpet one time with the cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions making sure to run the carpet cleaner over the carpet once more with plain, hot water to rinse away any remaining detergent residue. Be sure to make a third pass without spraying any water or detergent to suck up as much moisture as you can.
Stay off the carpet until it dries completely. Once dry, vacuum the carpet again to fluff it up and remove the last of any soap residue.
We’ve all been there, that glass of red wine, muddy pet paws, finger painting children, the list goes on and on. What do you do? Hastily scrub the stain, and panic when you realize it’s not coming out? Will you have to live with that stain forever? No! Removing upholstery stains are easier than you think, find out how below!
It’s easy to create a stain remover using three tablespoons baking powder and one tablespoon club soda. Use an old towel and rub the mixture over the stain thoroughly. After a couple of minutes, you should see the stain starting to come off. Re-coat the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then with wet a cloth, drain the excess and wipe down the sofa.
A microfiber sofa is said to be the easiest sofa to remove stains from. You can easily remove stains by and wiping the stained area with baby wipes until the stains begin to loosen.
On a suede sofa, you can use denatured alcohol as an option by applying it and letting settle. Always remember to test any cleaning mixture on a hidden area of the upholstery first.
A cotton sofa sham or cover can easily be cleaned in your washing machine. It is best to let these shams or sofa covers air-dry but always follow the cleaning instructions which can be found on the tag.
Carpet cleaning suggestions by Maid O’ Matic