Cleaning Carpet Naturally – How to Do It and Why It’s Important

Having a healthy home comprises of many different variables, including your flooring. Carpet isn’t the healthiest flooring option to have in your home, but if you already have it, it’s important that you maintain it properly.

A carpet that is not clean can be bad for your health. However, cleaning a carpet using toxic chemical products could actually make things worse. Cleaning carpet naturally is an important part of having a healthy home.

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Taking these tips into consideration when cleaning your carpet will help your home become a little healthier.

Prevention is the Best Solution

It is always best to use prevention mechanisms to minimize dirt and dust in your home. This is because dust can fill a home and create allergic responses.

The best prevention is requiring everyone to remove their shoes when they come in the house. You can also use doormats outside and inside the door. The doormats will capture some of the dust and dirt so that it does not make its way into the home.

Vacuuming regularly will also reduce the amount of dust and dirt on the carpet.

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Cleaning Carpet Naturally with Simple Solutions

If you use chemical carpet cleaners for spots and stains, or chemical fresheners for carpet, the solutions can damage your carpet and can be harmful to the health of everyone in your home.

Spot cleaners that have glycol ether or butoxyethanol are toxic and poisonous. It is better to use a DIY carpet cleaner to clean carpets. They are cheaper and environmentally friendly.

If you still want to buy cleaning solutions from the store, you should always look at the ingredients. You should stay away from products that are labeled as ‘danger’ or ‘poison’.

If you’re going to purchase a cleaning detergent, purchase one that has a citrus solution as opposed to petrochemicals.

However, cleaning carpet naturally with ingredients you already have around your home is a better solution.

How to Clean Carpet with Vinegar

Vinegar is an amazing bacteria killing product that most people already have in their home!

White vinegar can be used as a spot cleaner or in a steam cleaner.

To use as a spot cleaner, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the spot and rub it in a little. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Use a clean damp rag to blot up the mixture. Use a fan to dry the carpet.

If you want to steam clean your carpet, you can use straight vinegar as the solution in the steamer. Make sure the room is well ventilated as you clean the carpet. Vinegar can smell quite strong. However, once the carpet dries, the smell will dissipate. Also, if you use straight vinegar, you will not need to rinse the carpet after.

Deodorize Carpet with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a perfect deodorizer as it gets rid of bad smells. It is also a dry deodorizer, so you don’t have to worry about making your carpet wet and having to dry it after.

To deodorize your carpet, sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit overnight. The next day, vacuum up the baking soda.

Choose Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Companies

It is important to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

When looking for a carpet cleaner, you should look for an eco-friendly carpet cleaning company. Such companies use non-toxic products and equipment. They should also follow eco-friendly guidelines.

Make sure that the cleaning products that they use to clean the carpet have environmentally friendly ingredients such as a citrus solution.

Do Not Use Too Much Water

Water is required in steam cleaning processes. However, too much water could do more harm than good. This is because a carpet that has too much water will not dry quickly.

If the carpet remains damp for a long time, mold will thrive. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the carpet can dry in twelve hours after cleaning it.

You can use a dryer, a fan, a dehumidifier or a heating system to speed up the drying of your carpet.

Cleaning carpet naturally benefits the health and of you and your family. It also benefits the environment. The safe products that are used will make the air in your home cleaner. A carpet that is professionally cleaned with safe products will also be able to last longer.

How do you clean your carpet? Let us know in the comments below.

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    Teresa Jungling

    I share ways you can make your home healthy, one room at a time. I am the owner of Living Natural Today and a previous radio show host on VoiceAmerica.

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