No matter how much efforts you put, trying to keep a carpet clean, you cannot stop it from getting dirty. Cleaning your floorings shouldn’t be a big deal, and it really isn’t, until you stop and think about all the toxic chemicals used in carpet cleaning detergents. Their most common ingredients are not only carcinogenic, they can make anyone in your home feel sick, achy, get nausea or skin irritations. Your pets can suffer from the same symptoms, but they can’t tell how they feel. If you want to keep your rugs and carpets looking good, without threat to your health and to the environment consider these 5 green and safe cleaning tips.
Dust, particles and dirt come into your home all the time – when you enter the house or when you just open the door. They settle deep into the carpet fibres. Even if everybody remove their shoes right after they enter the house, your floorings will still get a lot of the dirt and grime. Do not postpone cleaning until you can actually see that rugs are dirty. Perform thorough vacuum cleaning at least two times a week. If there are areas which get a lot of traffic or if you have pets, consider vacuuming the carpet even more frequently.
Take Care of the Spills Immediately
No matter how careful you are, spills still happen. When they occur on a carpet, or rug, it is very important to take care of it immediately to avoid it becoming permanent stain. First, soak up any excessive moist with a clean towel. Once it’s no longer wet, clean up the spot with some chemical-free solution. Use salt to treat dirt, mud or red wine stains. Cornstarch is soaking up and removing grease stains very efficiently. Most juice stains and coffee can be easily cleaned with club soda. If you are trying to get rid of an unpleasant odour, sprinkle equally baking soda on the affected area and let it stay overnight. Run the vacuum the next day and your carpet shouldn’t smell bad any more. If you are not very sure what to use to clean up a spill, a mixture of one-part vinegar to three-part water is always a good, cleaner, suitable for all purposes.
Steam Clean Only with Water
When the time comes to clean the whole carpet (and the whole house), use a steam cleaner, but try to not put any commercial cleaning solutions. It is the extremely hot water and steam that loosens the dirt and built in grime, so they can be sucked up. Moreover the hot water eliminates the harmful bacteria and you really don’t need a detergent. If you still want to add anything to the water, use a vinegar or vinegar solution. The smell will disappear in less than a hour, leaving your flooring clean, and stain free.
Use Plant-based Solutions
If you are going to use a commercial cleaning detergent, read the label carefully to make sure it is plant-based and doesn’t have any dangerous chemicals in it. There are [pretty good commercial green cleaning solutions, but in my opinion the home made ones are not worse. When renting a cleaning machine, like steamer, clean the water compartment completely before you start cleaning in order to remove any chemical residues from the previous renter.
Hire Green Cleaners
Sometimes, when you just can’t handle the dirt or stains the best you can do is hire professional company to clean the carpets in your home. They usually move the furniture in order to clean even the remote, hard to reach corners, and can do a whole house in a day. When you decide to call professional company, make sure they use environmentally-friendly, safe, cleaning agents and techniques only. Ask to see the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for their solutions and read them carefully, looking for harmful chemicals. Most carpet cleaning companies have information on their site : what machines and products they work with, so you can check this page and then search for the brands MSDS.
There’s no point to risk your health to have a clean carpet. It will take a bit more work, but you will simply feel better knowing that you’ve made the healthier, eco-conscious decision. Keeping your textile floors and items ( like curtains, upholstery) free from dust and mites is crucial if someone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or skin conditions. Using green methods will help prevent and reduce the allergic reactions too.