Thursday, May 22, 2014

Safe & Natural Carpet Cleaning Tips

You’re constantly on it with and without shoes. Your kids and young family members sit on it, roll around on it and play on it. Your pets sleep on it, they chase toys on it and beg for treats on it.  You might be aware of all the activities that your carpet does handle. But you might be surprised at what hides in your carpet where you can’t see what’s going on.

You can see surface stains (and you get those up right away), but there are things in your carpet and living on the padding beneath it that you probably don’t want to know about - but you do know that you want your carpet to be clean.

the carpet needs a vaccum
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To test how clean and safe your carpet is, vacuum it once with a regular vacuum cleaner and look at the amount of debris that gets vacuumed up. Then go over it again with a vacuum cleaner designed with eco-friendly living in mind and see how much more debris is pulled up. That’s the stuff that you can’t see.

Now go over the floor again with an organic cleaner and see how dirty the water looks. That’s because no matter how many times you vacuum your carpet, no matter how powerful the vacuum, in order to stay truly clean, a carpet has to be cleaned with organic options in mind.

Using commercial cleaners to clean your carpet isn’t safe for you so you’re going to want to use natural methods. First, make sure you have a regularly scheduled vacuuming routine.

Always clean up any spills the moment they happen. You can use salt to absorb a spill, which is a natural way to keep a spill from becoming a stain. Use a damp (not wet) cloth to lighten stains like a wine spill, and then treat it with an organic stain remover.

Don’t use commercial cleaners to steam clean your carpet because the chemicals used are bad for the carpet and bad for your home - and bad for your family. Plus, by using steam cleaners, you run the risk of leaving the carpet padding wet, which can encourage the growth of natural toxins like mold and mildew.

Pets, especially cats, tend to leave a home and carpet smelling like you have pets - so use baking soda on the carpet to absorb any odors - then vacuum it up. You can also buy an organic formula just for pet stains and odors that are safer for pets than using baking soda - some animals have sensitive skin that may be irritated by baking soda.

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Choose a system to clean your carpets by getting a cleaning machine that has a low moisture option. By having a machine with a low moisture control, you won’t over soak the padding beneath the carpet and cause mold or mildew.

Use organic carpet cleaners that specifically state they’re for high traffic areas if that’s the carpet area you need cleaned, and make sure it states that it’s safe around pets. Some people prefer to save the expense of a carpet cleaning machine and use elbow grease instead!

Homemade carpet cleaning recipes can be as simple as a vinegar and water solution, so look for one that appeases you and start a routine that allows you to safely maintain clean and healthy carpets in your home.

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  1. We are fully behind reducing your toxic load!! Add Freshana Organic Solutions 100% natural, organic, safe and effective cleaning products and air purifiers to the list of products. Best stuff ever!

  2. I'm all about natural remedies for these kind of things. I had no idea there was an organic way of cleaning carpets! This would be perfect to use for my two dogs who get my floors all muddy.

  3. Because of its prevalence, carpeting should be cleaned with eco-friendly non-toxic solutions to prevent potential health problems and environmental contamination from chemical-based products. This kind of cleaning is good in concern of kids and pets.

    Carpet Cleaning Canberra

  4. Thanks for the tips, Rose! It doesn’t really have to be expensive for it to be effective. You just have to be open with trying out several products, so that you can find which really works best for you.

    Nathan Riley @ Stanley Steemer

  5. I absolutely hate when homes smell like pets. The carpet is probably where those odors are most deeply rooted because pets are constantly on it. My husband and I recently got a puppy and I am determined to keep our house smelling clean. Thank you for the tip about the baking soda. I had no idea it could help to eliminate pet odors. That is something I will definitely have to try!

  6. Carpets are very prone to germs and dirt. Which is why it requires constant cleaning, especially since your kids come to contact with it often. Anyway, thanks for sharing those cleaning tips with us. I hope a lot of your readers could make use of it. All the best!

    Lucy Andrews @ Safeclean Westminster