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There are so many ways you can clean your carpet and flooring at home without using a set of professional hands. Depending on the type of flooring you have, the remedies used may be a bit different. All solutions cannot be used on all flooring. Cleaning your carpet also depends on how deep of a cleaning it needs. Do you have stains? Do you have pet fur? Do you have hardwood floors? These are questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on a good cleaning remedy.
Steam carpet cleaning is a great way to clean your carpet without professional help. It is very affordable if you can rent out a steam cleaner. Make sure, however, that you do not use the steam cleaner on freshly waxed hardwood floors. Steam cleaners are best used on carpets. Steam cleaners can disinfect and clean carpet at once. It can even kill bedbugs, fleas, germs, and more. This is the closest solution to getting your carpet to look fresh and new again.
If you don’t own a machine, you can always shampoo your carpet without one. You will, however, need a scrub brush. You can easily use a bucket or bowl to mix water and white vinegar into. You can rub this solution into your carpet and follow up with a cloth to help get rid of any additional moisture.
Vacuuming often will help to keep your carpets cleaned as well. Even some of the cheapest vacuums cannot do a good job as more expensive vacuums can. It may be wise to invest in a good vacuum. This is still a lot cheaper than hiring a professional. You can add years to your carpet by vacuuming regularly. Obviously if you are dealing with stains you may want to consider using solutions to tackle them. Vacuuming often is also great for removing pet furs if you own a pet.
There are a variety of solutions you can mix at home with products that you probably already have in your cabinets to spot clean. Spot cleaning is a huge part of carpet cleaning. However, not all solutions work for all stains. It depends on the type of stain you have. Wine stains and blood stains will require two different mixtures. Cool water and dish detergent works wonder for dissolving blood stains on carpet. If you have Kool-Aid stains on your carpet, white vinegar, water, and dish detergent (particularly Dawn) will do the trick. White vinegar, baking soda, water, dish detergent are just a few home remedies that can get rid of a lot of stains on your carpet.
Another affordable option is of course carpet stain cleaners. If you have tried the above at home methods and they didn’t work, you can always invest in a good stain cleaner for your carpet. You can find these at Walmart, Target, and even Amazon (if you don’t mind waiting a couple of days). Some of the most expensive carpet cleaners work very well at tackling stains.
If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, you may keep them cleaned by dusting them on a regular basis. There are many dust brooms that you can purchase which are excellent for this task. For deep cleaning, you can use warm water and dish detergent without shaking the solution. You can then follow up with a dry mop afterwards. Hardwood floors are easy to manage but if you are going to use store cleaners on your floor, make sure they are specially designed for hardwood flooring.
If you have laminate flooring on the other hand, you should remember to never use a wet mop or even a steam cleaner on them. This is because they can cause damage that is irreversible. It’s best to use just damp cloths for spots and spills. If you have ink spots or oil spots on, you can use nail polish remover or acetone remover on a cloth.
These are all wonderful and affordable ways to clean your carpet and flooring. Most of these products are probably ones you already have in your bathroom and kitchen. Steam cleaners on the other hand can be rented for a fairly reasonable price.