If you have carpets in your home, then you surely understand how often they need to be cleaned, especially if you have children who find themselves making messes more often than not. Carpets tend to attract germs, dust, pet dander, and anything else that may be flying through the air in your home, so it’s important to learn how to disinfect your carpet the right way. If you feel that you could do a better job cleaning your carpet than you have in the past, or you’re always open to new ideas, then keep reading to not only learn how to disinfect your carpet, but you’ll learn several other ways to keep your carpets looking fresh and clean, as well.
Disinfecting Your Household Carpets
Before you get started you’ll need a steam cleaner (they’re available for rent if you don’t own one), white vinegar and hot water. Once you have the necessary items, you can get started by following these directions:
- Mix together a solution of vinegar and water. If the steam cleaner you rented or purchased doesn’t come with suggested ratios, then you should use one part vinegar to one part water. If your rug is in less than desirable condition, then you should use full-strength vinegar. If there are soap and water ratios given on the steam cleaner, then you replace the soap portion with vinegar.
- Take the solution you made and fill the detergent vessel. Make sure that you don’t overfill the reservoir while you’re doing this.
- Following the directions on the machine, run the steam cleaner over your carpets.
- Allow the rug to thoroughly dry before people are allowed to walk on the carpet again. It might be best to wash your carpets before going to bed so they’re able to dry all night long. Also, it’s important to mention that the vinegar smell will go away once your carpet is fully dried.
Now that you understand how to disinfect your carpet using vinegar and water, let’s talk about a few other tips to help keep your carpets clean on a regular basis.
Blot Stains, Don’t Rub Them In
When you rub a stain, you’re actually pushing the particles down into the carpet fibers, which can cause them to breakdown prematurely. Instead, dab stains using a cleaning solution and a clean cloth. Always make sure to blot the stain from the outside of the stain inwards because blotting outward can cause the stain to spread.
The Club Soda Method
You’ve probably heard that club soda works effectively at eliminating beer and wine stains, and this is true, as long as you do it the right way. Using a clean rag, blot the area with club soda. If that doesn’t work, then you can use one part white vinegar to one part water. Spray the solution onto the area and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Once ten minutes are up, take a clean sponge to soak up the solution. Once the stain is no longer there, using warm water to rinse the area.
Household Shaving Cream
It may come as a surprise, but one of the best ways to get ordinary stains out of your rugs is by using shaving cream. Put the shaving cream directly onto the stain, and allow it to sit for approximately 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes is up, blot the shaving cream with a dry cloth. Then, to finish the job, spray the area with one part vinegar and one part water. Finally, wipe away the solution with a dry, clean cloth and your rug should look much better.
Using Dish Detergent Against Grease Stains
It goes without saying that grease stains are absolutely horrible to get out of your carpet. Luckily, regular dish detergent works wonders against eliminating grease stains. Using just a drop or two of dish detergent mixed with water, you’ll be able to cut through the grease that is built up in your rug. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the stain and then blot it as you would normally. You may need to repeat this process several times for large stains.
If you’ve ever had blood fall onto your rug, you understand how hard it can be to get out. This is where hydrogen peroxide shows up to get the job done. Your first step is to loosen up the dried blood with water mixed with a mild detergent. You’ll want to scrape off as much blood from the rug fibers as you can. In order to get the rest of the blood off of the carpet, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the bloodstain. It will begin to foam as soon as it comes into contact with the blood, so don’t be alarmed. Then, using dry towels, dab the hydrogen peroxide.
Regular Deep Cleaning
One of the most important things you can do to keep your carpets looking fresh and new is regularly deep cleaning your rugs. This is one of the reasons why people prefer to buy a steam cleaner rather than rent one. It’s recommended that people deep clean their rugs every six months or so if they want to keep it looking nice for as long as possible. Remember, always follow the directions that come with a steam cleaner before using it. Having the proper solution is extremely important, so clean your rugs accordingly.
It goes without saying that carpets can get pretty nasty from time to time. Kids running through with mud and candy, husbands dropping hot wings and beer, and pets leaving their messes wherever they see fit. It can be a hassle cleaning up after a messy family, but someone has to do it. If you’re that person in your family, then keep these simple cleaning tips in mind to make your job a whole lot easier. After all, a clean home is a happy home, and a happy home is essential for a happy family!