How To Spring Clean Your Carpet When You Can't Afford Professional Shampooing

Posted on: 5 April 2016

Ideally, you would have your carpet professionally shampooed to get off to a clean start in the spring. But, if professional cleaning is a bit out of your price range, there are still things you can do to remove more dirt, debris, and odors for your carpet and get off to a cleaner start this spring. Just tackle these three carpet cleaning tasks:

Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda and tea leaves.

Baking soda helps eliminate odors. It also absorbs any traces of moisture in your carpet, which helps eliminate the risk of molding. This is especially important if you had any condensation leak in your windows during the winter and spring. Tea leaves are also great at absorbing bad odors and imparting a fresh scent.

Take a big box of baking soda, and sprinkle it liberally over the carpet. You really can't use too much. Then, rip open some tea bags, and sprinkle their contents over the carpet as well. About 10 – 12 tea bags in an average size room should be sufficient. Let these ingredients sit and work their magic overnight, or at least for a few hours. Then, vacuum them up.

Vacuum along the baseboards.

When you're vacuuming, you probably rush through the task and don't do as thorough of a job as you could – especially along the edges of the room. Tackling the area along the baseboard now will remove this dirt before it gets scattered over the rest of your carpet. Take the nozzle attachment for your vacuum and vacuum thoroughly along the crease between the carpet and the baseboard. Then, wipe the baseboard itself down with a damp cloth to remove the last traces of dust so they don't find their way onto your carpet.

Treat lingering stains with vinegar.

If there's still a trace of a stain remaining, it's not just the looks you have to worry about – you should also be wary of the odors that are left behind. Prepare a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. If the stain you'll be treating is greasy, add a small squeeze of dish soap to the mixture. Pour this generously onto the stained area, and let it sit for about an hour. It will neutralize any odors and help loosen the staining particles. Then, blot the vinegar mixture up with the towel. Keep blotting until no more liquid comes out of the carpet.

For more information, contact Kelly Carpet Cleaning Ltd or a similar company.


caring for your carpet properly

Carpeting is a huge investment. If you don't care for your carpeting properly, that investment will need to be made again in the near future. So, how do you care for a carpet to ensure that it lasts as long as possible? Is there a proper way to vacuum? Which method of deep cleaning is safest for your carpet? I created this blog after learning all about carpeting care from a friend who owns a carpet cleaning company. I have included tips that she has shared with me and advice that will help to protect your carpet from damage that could actually be caused by cleaning.


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