Hiring professional carpet cleaners may be a bit expensive. Happily, you can clean your carpet by making your own carpet cleaning solution. Homemade carpet cleaning solutions are good for spots and stain removals, and for cleaning high traffic areas. They are inexpensive and also work wonders.
How to make carpet cleaning solution
If you have kids or pets, creating an aromatic non-toxic cleaner would work well for you. Here are the things you need to make the solution:
- A cup - 235ml of white vinegar
- Two cups - 470ml of water
- Two teaspoons of salt
- Fifteen droplets of lemon, lavender or pine essential oil
If you would like a stronger solution, you can create ammonia cleaner solution. However, you must be very careful because ammonia is harsh and can damage your eyes or skin. Here are the things you need to make the solution.
- One tablespoon 15ml of detergent
- A quota cup 59ml of ammonia
- A quota cup 59ml of vinegar
- Three gallons of water
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Step 1: Transfer the Cleaning Solution to a Spray Bottle
Stir the mixture before putting it in a shaker or a spray bottle. This will ensure all ingredients are well combined. To start cleaning the carpet, you must apply an even and thin layer of the cleaner to your carpet.
Step 2: Start With a Spot Check
It is vital to try the new solution on the surface before applying the entire carpet. This will ensure the mixture does not damage the color of the carpet or the fabric. Doing the spot check involves:
- Picking an ordinary area of the carpet - either at the corner or under furniture.
- spraying the mixture to some areas of the carpet ‘Then wait for 12 to 24 hours
- After that duration, check the spots for discoloration, color-fastness or any damage on the carpet.
- You should only continue if there are no damages on the carpet
Step 3: Now Spray the Mixture on the Affected Parts of the Carpet
To remove the stains, apply a thin layer of the mixture to the affected area. When cleaning your carpet it is important to divide it into sections, and then clean a section at a time. Begin at the farthermost section and move towards the door to avoid confusion.
Step 4: Let the Solution Soak In
Once the solution is on the carpet, wait for ten minutes so that it can soak in. It will also have enough time to absorb stains and odors. Even though it is not firmly important to wait for ten minutes, giving it time to soak will produce a cleaner carpet.
Step 5: Scrub the Area
Scrub the areas you have applied the solution with a carpet brush or a stiff bristled brush. This will loosen debris, dirt and other major particles that may be stuck in the carpet fibers. After brushing the affected areas, wait for thirty minutes for the mixture to dry completely.
Step 6: Vacuum
When the cleaning solution has dried, vacuum your carpet systematically. Go through the areas 2 or 3 times to make sure all debris, dirt, and other particles are removed.
Using homemade carpet cleaning solution and vacuuming regularly is one of the best ways to keep your carpet clean and well maintained. Be using the mixture after a few months to refresh your carpet.