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5 Environmentally Friendly Carpet Cleaning Techniques

No matter how well you try to keep a carpet clean, you cannot keep it from getting dirty. Cleaning your rugs should not be a big deal, and really it isn’t, until you consider all the chemicals used in carpet cleaning solutions. The most frequently used chemicals are not only carcinogenic, they can make anyone in the house feel sick to their stomach, have a headache or just feel achy. Any pets in the house can have the same symptoms, but they can’t tell you how they are feeling. If you want to keep your carpets looking good, consider these 5 environmentally safe cleaning tips.

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Vacuum Frequently
Dirt, dust and particles come into your house every time the door gets opened. They settle onto your floor. Even if everyone removes their shoes as soon as they enter the house, your carpets will still become embedded with dirt and grime. Do not wait until you can actually see that your rug is dirty. Use the vacuum on it at least two times a week. If there is a lot of traffic or animals, consider vacuuming more frequently.

Clean Spills Immediately
Spills happen. When they happen on a carpet, it is important to clean it up immediately to avoid staining. First, sop up any wetness with a towel. Once it is no longer wet, clean the spot with something chemical-free. Use salt to remove mud, dirt or red wine stains. Cornstarch will soak up and remove a grease stain. Coffee and most juice stains can be cleaned with club soda. If you are trying to get rid of an odor, sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit overnight. Run the vacuum in the morning and your rug should not smell bad any more. If you are not sure what to use to clean a spill, a mixture of one-part vinegar to three-part water is a good, all-purpose cleaner.

Steam Clean with Water Alone
When it comes time to clean the whole carpet, use a steam cleaner, but do not use any commercial cleaning agents. It is the hot water and steam that loosens the dirt so it can be sucked up. If you want to add anything to the hot water, use a vinegar solution. The smell will dissipate in about 30 minutes; leaving your rugs clean and fresh smelling.

Use Plant-based Cleaners
If you are going to use a cleaning solvent, read the label to make sure it is plant-based and does not have chemicals in it. When renting a cleaner, make sure you clean the water compartment completely to remove any remaining chemicals from the previous renter.

Hire Green Professionals
Sometimes, it is best to have a professional come to clean your carpets. They will move the furniture and can do the whole house in one day. When you do decide to go this route, make sure the company you hire only uses safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning agents and techniques. Ask to see the MSDS for their products and read them carefully, looking for chemicals.

Do not risk your family’s health to have clean rugs in your home. It may take a bit more work, but you will feel much better knowing no one is going to get sick. Keeping your carpets clean from dust and mites is especially important if someone in the home has allergies. Using green methods will help with the allergic reactions too.

Victoria Heckstall recommends hiring a professional eco-friendly carpet cleaning service if you do not have the time to clean your carpets yourself, such as All Points Carpet Care.

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