Carpets can fall victim to dirt and stains no matter how careful we try to be.
Sometimes we can clean our carpet with conventional methods, but other times more extreme measures are called for.
While heavy chemicals are available, many people try to avoid them, especially if they have pets or children.
This article will provide several tips on how to make your own carpet cleaning solution, using regular ingredients from your home. This will help you to keep your carpets both clean and safe.
Laundry detergent solution
A laundry detergent solution can be made to use in a carpet cleaning machine. This is a good alternative to harsh chemical solutions, and is guaranteed to be safe for the family.
Simply add ¼ teaspoon of detergent to 1 cup of water. This ratio will produce a cleaning solution that can also be used with a cloth or sponge for spot cleaning.
Any residue left behind will vacuum up easily when dry. This solution will also be safe on carpet colors as long as it is a color safe laundry formula.
All-purpose cleaner solution
Any all-purpose cleaner can be used to make a carpet cleaning solution. Simply add ½ cup of all-purpose cleaner to 1-cup ammonia, ½ cup fabric softener and 1 gallon of water.
The fabric softener will help to keep your carpet safe from the cleaning chemicals, while the water will dilute the solution to prevent damage to the carpet. This solution can be used in any carpet cleaning machine.
Additionally, it can be used as a spot scrubber, although the volume created is best used with a machine.
Vinegar is proven to be a gentle yet effective cleaning agent for carpets. The acidic nature of vinegar means that it cuts through most common dirt.
Additionally, vinegar can cut through most stains, gently lifting the stain from the fibers of the carpet. While vinegar can be used directly, it is recommended that you create a diluted solution.
An even ratio of vinegar to warm water will create a solution that is both tough on stains and gentle on your carpet.
Vinegar and baking soda
A mix of vinegar and baking soda will create a solution that is stronger than plain vinegar or vinegar and water. This combination will create bubbles, much like hydrogen peroxide.
These bubbles will serve to lift dirt and stains from carpet fibers by creating a reaction similar to scrubbing, but without the risks that scrubbing can create. Instead of mixing the ingredients, apply them separately.
Soak the stain with vinegar, and then sprinkle baking soda on top. Simply mop up the moisture and vacuum any dry residue later.
Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide
Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide combine to create a powerful cleaning solution that is both tough on stains and on germs.
The foaming bubbles of hydrogen peroxide will help lift carpet stains, while the addition of vinegar helps to create an anti bacterial solution. This solution can be harmful if inhaled, however, so extra precautions need to be followed when using this mixture.
Only use this in very well ventilated rooms where moving air can be guaranteed. This solution should be mixed in even parts.
A small amount can be mixed for spot cleaning, while a larger amount can be used in carpet cleaning machines.
The recipes listed in this article will enable you to give your carpets a professional clean without the harsh, dangerous chemicals used in carpet cleaning machines.
Additionally, these recipes can be made in smaller quantities for simple spot cleaning projects.
As always, however, be sure to test any solution on a hidden piece of carpet before full use to ensure no damaging side effects.