Carpets are a common piece in many homes and they cover almost all areas of the house. Carpets are also usually made out of fragile material which means you need to take extra caution when cleaning the. By using non-toxic carpet cleaning solutions that are also eco-friendly, you can preserver your carpet for a very long time. Here are a few suggestions to help get you started.
How to select the right non-toxic carpet cleaning solutions
It should come as no surprise that there are hundreds, if not thousands of different brands and products when it comes to carpet cleaning. This makes it difficult for you, as the consumer, to distinguish between which product is right for you.
Here’s a tip: always look for solutions which promotes “green washing”, in other words, these solutions are not environmentally friendly. Instead, you should look for products by companies that produce eco-friendly carpet cleaning solutions that are also designed to be non-toxic.
Another indicator you could look for is the seal of approval from reputed brand watchdogs such as the Carpet and Rug Institute which is a science-based regulator of the industry devoted to the environment.
Beware of the two types of carpet cleaning solutions available
Depending on your needs, you might have to choose between whole carpet cleaners or spot cleaners. To put it simply, carpet cleaners are great at washing the entire carpet at once but if what you’re looking for is only to remove that pesky wine stain, you should opt for spot cleaners instead.
Due to the high concentration of spot cleaners, it is not advisable to use spot cleaners to clean your whole carpet as this may end up causing more harm than good. Always be sure of what your cleaning needs are and to use the proper cleaning solutions for them. Carpets can remain beautiful and clean for many long years once it’s taken care of properly.
Making your own non-toxic carpet cleaning solutions
You can actually make whole carpet cleaning solutions and spot cleaners using the items in your household. Naturally, they are also non-toxic and are made up of several ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, water, and combinations of several vegetable soaps. For wine or coffee stains, vinegar-based solutions often work the best. Vegetable soap based solutions work great against oily stains that typically come from food, grease or lipstick smears.
You could also opt to make your own dry based carpet cleaner by sprinkling bits of corn meal and baking soda, combined with a few drops of your favorite scented oil. You should then proceed to vacuum over the carpet until it is clean and deodorized. You could also team clean your carpet with the same solution to remove any pesky stains.