Consider the role your carpets play in the home. Chances are over 2/3rds (or more) of the flooring in your home is covered by carpeting. A spill here, some mud there, those messes are relatively easy to clean and stains are eradicated.
But as time goes on, your carpets can begin to look dingy, dirty, and they become breeding grounds for all kinds of allergens and irritants to get kicked up into the air you breathe. Before long, you come to realize that vacuuming and blotting up messes doesn’t quite get the job done anymore.
All carpet manufacturers recommend at least one deep cleaning a year, more if you happen to get a high amount of foot traffic. Households with kids and pets most definitely could use twice yearly maintenance.
However, the way you get your carpets cleaned and the materials that are used in completing the task are just as critical as how often you clean your carpets. For some consumers, buying organic products and being “green” is important to their everyday lives. That means using all-natural items in all things, including the way they clean the carpets in their homes.
Your carpet is such a major part of where you live, deep cleaning it is vital to keeping it looking its best. Doing it the greenway is crucial for the environment and the health and safety of you and your family.
So in order to give your carpets a deep green clean, here are a few helpful ways to do it without the need for toxic chemicals:
Natural Homemade Cleaners and Deodorizers
If you want to get a good green clean, look no further than your own pantry. There you’ll find all of the ingredients you need to craft a homemade cleanser that can make all the difference in bringing back the luster of your carpet.
What are these magical ingredients? White vinegar is the main component you need, then some salt and baking soda and soon you’ll have a powerful all-natural alternative to those caustic chemicals that most cleaners use as their base.
You can mix these all together or use the baking soda by itself, along with some aromatic essential oils, to eliminate bad odors that are emanating from the fibers. Just sprinkle, let it sit for a half hour or so, and then vacuum it all up.
These are only a few of the ingredients you can use for getting your carpet clean the natural way.
Rent a Cleaning Machine
You vacuum weekly, Sometimes more and you tend to those spills and accidents immediately when they occur. But did you know that you may not be doing enough to get your carpets truly, deeply clean?
That’s because renting a carpet-cleaning machine is also a great way to get your carpets deep green-clean.
So give your carpet a thorough inspection and decide if you need to take this extra step and be sure the machine you rent can do the job. Some machines don’t have the deep cleaning capability that others offer, be sure you’re getting the right machine with the proper accessories and functions.
While you’re at it, decline the cleanser that comes with your rental, it’s usually filled with harsh abrasive chemicals that you want to avoid using on your carpet. Instead, make your own homemade cleanser that uses laundry detergent, fabric softener, and just a dash of Oxyclean.
Do a search online for homemade carpet cleaners and you’re bound to come across a number of easy to mix recipes for use in your carpet cleaning machine.
Get a Professional Touch
Sometimes the idea of mixing your own cleaners and carrying heavy equipment just isn’t as appealing as paying someone else to do the work for you. In that case, look for any of the professional green carpet cleaning companies in your neighborhood.
The good news is that you won’t have to look far, now most of the major national companies offer non-toxic carpet cleaning options for consumers who are sensitive to the chemicals and cleansers that are utilized for deep cleaning the nation’s carpets.
These companies are adopting more environmentally-friendly elements and steering away from the phosphates and detergents that are not green-certified. Additional benefits for going with these cleaners offer an alternative to consumers who are highly sensitive to allergens and irritants.
Many of these professional cleaning companies have also developed deep cleaning methods that are designed to conserve water and use far less of it than what was once considered acceptable for environmental standards.