How to Clean Your Carpets Naturally – Without a Steam Cleaner
by Bishop's Move, 13 June 2019
If you are moving home, one of the first tasks you will likely have to do as soon as you move in is to give everywhere a deep clean. You will no doubt want to get everything cleaned before you move in your belongings as it will be an easier task with empty rooms. But one of the most difficult cleaning tasks, and one that many people are unsure how to undertake is cleaning your carpets. Many people often end up renting expensive carpet cleaning machines but there are actually plenty of ways you can clean your carpets naturally. We have put together a guide to show you how you can clean your carpets naturally, without a steam cleaner.
What Do I Need to Clean My Carpets?
If you are planning on cleaning your carpets before moving into your new home you will be wondering what you need to get them clean. You don’t actually need steam cleaners or expensive rug doctor machines to clean your carpets, but you will need a few tools. These items can often be found around the home so you might already have them but if not they are largely inexpensive. If you want to go more natural then you could substitute dish soap for white vinegar as a cleaner. Here is a list of tools that you will need to make sure you get a clean carpet;
- Baking soda or dish soap
- Old toothbrush
- Clean rag or towel
Steps to Cleaning Your Carpet Naturally
Once you have all of the cleaning products you should now be ready to clean your carpet naturally. However, you should make sure that you have cleared the room or a large area so that you can clean a whole section of the carpet at once. You should also make sure that you don’t have to go into the room for a while too as it can take a while to dry. Make sure that you also clean from the furthest point in the room so you don’t have to walk over the wet carpet. You can easily clean your carpet by following these steps;
- Vacuum the carpet before cleaning to remove any loose dirt
- Fill a bucket with warm water, adding dish soap if using as a cleaner
- Sprinkle baking soda onto an area and gently brush the carpet with warm water
- Make sure not to soak the carpet by using just a small amount of water on each section
- Allow time to dry, this could take up to several hours for thick carpets
- Once fully dry, vacuum again to remove any remaining dirt particles
Removing a Carpet Stain
The most difficult aspect about cleaning carpets is removing soaked-in stains that might have been there for a while. Stains are much more difficult to remove the longer they have been in your carpet, but it’s not impossible to clean these up naturally. A mixture of sea salt and baking soda can help to lift a whole range of different dried in stains from your carpet. Rub the salt and baking soda into the stained area and apply a small amount of water to the mixture. Gently brush in one direction and you should be able to remove some of the stains from your carpet. Leaving to dry and repeating the process should allow you to remove most of the stain from your carpet.
Following these steps should help get your carpets clean again while looking and smelling fresh. There are of course plenty of other cleaning tasks to undertake in your home and carpets might be lower down on your list of priorities but it is something you should consider doing. Cleaning your carpets can provide the finishing touch and make your home feel as good as new.