Preparing An Organic Carpet Cleaning Solution

Preparing An Organic Carpet Cleaning Solution

Many home owners want to keep their house’s interior fresh and vibrant at all times of the year. In some cases, you may not want to use a store-bought carpet cleaning solution, because it may have lingering chemicals, toxins, or other potentially hazardous products that could affect you and your family’s health, let alone they may have lasting residue or weaken your carpet’s fabrics over time. In these cases, you may want to purchase an organic, green carpet cleaning service through an eco-friendly company such as Kasandjo’s Chem-Dry, who uses a carpet cleaning product called The Natural, that is made from ingredients that won’t harm your home or health.

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If you decide to take the do it yourself route, and want to create your own organic cleaning product, there are some general tips and guidelines you can follow, along with some minor tweaks and edits to personalize your product exactly how you like it. Most homemade carpet cleaning products utilize a combination of a mild dish detergent, such as Dawn or Dial, along with a cleaning product such as distilled white vinegar (NOT apple cider vinegar, because the coloring of the product can cause further staining and damage to your carpet’s fabrics), along with some water to create a great, non-toxic solution.

The rule of thumb for mixing a fabric cleaning product is half water, a few drops of dish detergent, about a cup or so of distilled white vinegar, and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. The last part is up to you, some individuals prefer not to have a scent from the product, while others may want to mix and match scents to create a pleasing aroma. A personal favorite is to include about 5-10 drops of lavender essential oils with a few drops of rosemary essential oils. This creates a pleasing, relaxing, not too pungent smell that is perfect for fabric cleaning. You can store this homemade cleaning solution in a variety of plastic or glass spray bottles, just make sure that the plastic is BPA-free to avoid any potential chemicals leaking into the solution.

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Creating your own fabric cleaning solution rather than going through a company or renting out a steam cleaner and solution from a major department store can be an easy way to save some money on your spring cleaning. A typical steam cleaner, along with its solution, can run over $100 for just a single clean. The average cost of filling up a spray bottle of your homemade solution? Around $1.00. This cost of course goes down if you happen to make your cleaning solutions in bulk. For the most part, this recipe of water + vinegar + soap + essential oils is used for a variety of cleaning products, on both fabrics, tiles, grout, wood, and other surfaces. One easy way to differentiate between different scents or cleaning products is to use a label maker for the bottles, or put in a single drop or two of a food coloring solution, so that the products are different colors. If you decide to use food coloring, only put a drop or two – too much of the coloring can cause additional staining or problems to arise.

Removing Tough Stains Easily

Everyone has been there at one point: you’re hanging out in your kitchen, making dinner for the family, when you hear something spill in the living room. You run over, only to see that your child has knocked over his entire cup of grape juice, right onto your fairly new, light-colored carpeting. The natural instinct in most of these cases is to panic, and immediately start rubbing the stain and putting whatever you have access to into the spot in an attempt at removing it. In most cases, this is NOT what you want to do! It’s important that you take the proper steps to remove tough stains before they soil and fully soak into your carpet’s fabric and fibers. Some of the most common stains that are hard to treat include blood, jellies and jams, juice, wine, and the ever-present red clay that can be tracked in on shoes.

When a spill occurs, it’s vital that you do your best to take care of it as promptly as possible. The best option for a new stain is to immediately grab a towel, soak it in water, and very gently blot the stain. This will remove the majority of liquid from the area, allowing you to fully clean whatever has happened to soak in already. Once you are able to get rid of most of the liquid, you can then focus on actually cleaning and removing the stain. For most people, they prefer to buy a solution from the store that is effective at removing carpet stains. This can be an easy, cheap solution in most cases. However, if you want something a little more natural for your home, you may want to go the frugal route and create your own cleaning solution! You can make this easily with a bottle of white vinegar, mixed with water and a few drops of essential oil. This is a non-toxic, all-natural product that can clean most tough stains if taken care of in a timely manner.

In some cases, you may require a more serious clean, such as instances where the juice has had some time to penetrate, or where there is a larger stain that covers most of a carpet or rug. In these cases, you may possibly want to think about heading to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and renting a carpet steam cleaner. They are fairly inexpensive, and can be used on an hourly or daily basis. More often than not, they come with everything you need as well, to make the process as simple as possible.

If you prefer to let the professionals handle the mess, it may be a better idea to choose a carpet cleaning company that is local to your area, such as TNT Chem-Dry, to take care of the problem for you. These companies specialize in tough stains and worn, older fabrics. I prefer using a chem-dry carpet cleaning franchise because they are one of the few national companies that utilize a non-toxic, all-natural carpet cleaning solution. This puts my mind at ease as I know that after the process is complete, my family won’t have any potentially harmful fumes or residue remaining on the carpet’s fibers.

4 Strategies to Keeping Your Carpets Fresh and Clean

4 Strategies to Keeping Your Carpets Fresh and Clean

Keeping your carpets well maintained and cleaned isn’t always easy but it will keep prolonging the life span twice as long. With a few simple strategies, you will learn how to effectively keep your carpet looking great for the years to come.

Here are four strategies to keeping your carpets fresh and clean.

Strategy #1: Get Rid of Dirt

Dirt is the number one cause of dirty carpets. When the dirt gets into the fibers, it will dull the sheen and reduce the attractive appearance. To help protect your carpet, be sure to vacuum on a weekly basis. For high-traffic areas, aim to vacuum twice a week. Be sure to set the vacuum at an ideal setting to prevent any damage. If the vacuum is set too high, you won’t grab any dirt.

A dirty bag will cut the suction of the vacuum in half. One reason why bag-less vacuums end up not working is that the filters are not changed enough. Once you see that the bags are almost three-quarters full; then it will be time to replace them.

Strategy #2: Use a Professional Cleaner

Most carpet cleaners are referred to as the steam cleaning. However, there is no steam involved in the process. The carpet is first applied with a detergent solution then followed with a hot rinse under high pressure. When the process is done properly, it will deep clean the carpet and prolong the lifespan. While you can always hire a carpet professional, you always have the option to rent a carpet-cleaning machine and remove the dirty.

If you choose to hire a professional, be sure to look for references, inspections, and a written estimate based on your home. It is important to be cautious about the discount cleaners as they will usually spray soap on the carpet and suck up the water. These types of services will leave a soapy residue behind and even up causing dirtier and mold to your carpet.

Strategy #3: DIY Clean

Carpet professionals will do a better job than most owners. However, they will also cost double the price. You can DIY clean the carpets yourself by renting a steam cleaner from the home center or grocery store. Be sure to also purchase the detergent cost and follow the directions accordingly. The best time to clean the carpets it when the color starts to look dull. Waiting until the carpet is filthy will require more work and even take longer than you would expect.

Strategy #4: Clean Stains Immediately

If you find yourself with a major spill, it is vital that you clean the stain up immediately. The longer the stain sits on the carpet, the harder it will be to remove. Try using plain tap water. You can simply press a dry cloth over the stain to absorb the spill. For tough spots, you can try baking soda or vinegar. Try a vinegar and water solution to clean the area and be patient.

What strategies do you have to keep your carpets looking great? Comment below and let us know!