Removing stains from carpets can be a nightmare.
At the first sign of a stain, you need to act quickly lest the stain sets in, leaving a permanent mark. A regular run of the vacuum cleaner is not enough to remove stains; you need something potent to clear the mark without leaving the carpet threadbare.
The conventional range of cleaning supplies is filled with chemicals that are not just harmful to the environment, but are also injurious to health. On the other hand, natural cleaning solutions are toxin-free, cheap and offer cleaning that easily beats the commercial store-bought stuff.
Here are 5 natural cleaning solutions that will remove the most toughest of stains
Take one cup of vinegar with an equal proportion of water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle well until the ingredients blend. Spritz the cleaning solution directly on the stain; let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean with a lint-free cloth. Be careful when you use vinegar to clean the carpet, as it sets certain stains deeper than removing them. An example of this can be dye.
2.Soap Nut Solution
Boil a few soap nuts in water for 30 minutes. When the water comes to a boil, turn down the heat and let it cool completely. Strain the solution, fill it in a spray bottle and squirt it liberally on the stain. Let it sit for 20 minutes before mopping the surface clean with a paper towel.
Video tutorial courtesy of Harlow carpet cleaning
3. Baking Soda Cleaning Paste
Of all the carpet stains, the toughest ones to remove are the ones created by pets. A pet’s urine has both acid and alkaline content in it, which makes it almost impossible to remove. Here is a cleaning trick that won’t let you down like the commercial cleaning solutions. Mix one cup baking soda with a half cup water and vinegar. Mix the ingredients well until they form into a smooth paste. Spread the paste over the stained area. Let it sit for 10 minutes, before wiping it clean with a paper towel. To remove excess moisture, keep blotting the surface with the paper towel.
You need to shampoo the carpet once in every 3 months to purge it of the deeply embedded dirt. Thankfully, shampooing a carpet is not rocket science. Fill a tub with hot water and mix in two cups of vinegar. Give your carpet a thorough rubdown with the solution. Remove the excess moisture by blotting the surface with a paper towel. Allow the surface to dry off naturally.
5. Deodorizing Carpet
Your carpet cleaning procedure is not complete until you do not take measures to remove any pungent odour. Sprinkle the carpet with a liberal amount of baking soda and allow it to remain overnight. Vacuum the surface clean with regular vacuum.
Whether you are using an organic cleaning solution or a commercial agent, make it a point to keep it out of the reach of children and pets, as it can be highly dangerous