In wanting to furnish your home, one wonders if a would be good nice carpet. The question that arises spontaneously, immediately following, is how to clean a carpet? There are many ways to do this, but it is undeniable that this object attracts stains at will and if you clean it with methods that are not too delicate there is always the risk of damaging it. Of course, it also depends on the carpet we are talking about, because some can be put on even in the washing machine, but if they are precious carpets, perhaps bought as a souvenir during a trip or chosen in an ad hoc shop of the most VIPs, then there is no question of using the washing machine. In that case it is necessary to know how to clean a carpet without risk having to throw it away forever!
First of all, it is good to prevent dirt or at least its accumulation. So it would be great to pass periodically the vacuum cleaner on the carpet or remove excess dust with a carpet beater, recommended only if it is not a precious carpet. If the carpet is small and particularly precious, it is a good idea to vacuum the back to collect the dust without risking weaken the fibers.
All are to be avoided chemical products which are often very aggressive and risk creating ugly and irreparable stains on the carpet instead of removing the existing ones. Before reviewing all the methods for cleaning carpets in a natural and delicate way, let's take a look at the most recommended: steam. There is also the possibility to perfume our carpet, that's enough use lavender without relying on aggressive products that might have a good aroma but could cause damage.
There are some particularly unpleasant stains to remove, such as paint stains for which a more aggressive remedy is needed and the same applies if, in the presence of children, the stains are made of plasticine for example. In these situations, steam is not always sufficient and it is better to use other substances such as natural vinegar, taken as it is from the bottle. Another terrible time for a carpet owner is when he discovers that a pet, his or his guests, peed on it. Stain and smell, terrible and difficult to eliminate but we will see some very effective DIY methods for this too and these are remedies that can be applied to all types of carpet, from long-haired ones to synthetics, to wool ones.
How to clean a carpet with steam
We said right away that one of the best ecological ways to clean carpets is to do it through steam. There are several suitable household appliances that produce steam, let's get one and pass it on the carpet in question even a couple of times a week so that no accumulations of dust are created. Then the frequency depends a lot on how the carpet is positioned and on dust that manages to attract. If we want to have a scented carpet as well as clean, then we can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the water of the machine, but also other flavors of our favorites. Lemon gives a great idea of cleanliness as well as mint.
How to clean a carpet with salt and vinegar
An effective compound for fighting carpet dirt is that based on salt and vinegar, mind you, not just vinegar as mentioned above against plasticine and paint. In this case, all we have to do is mix the ingredients to form a paste to be applied on the spot to be treated, on the single stain, with careful attention. To see the effects, you need to let this mixture act for at least half an hour and then rub the area with a wet cloth or sparkling water.
How to clean a carpet with hydrogen peroxide
From sparkling water to hydrogen peroxide, the protagonist of this new remedy for cleaning delicate carpets. It is a very natural alternative. Let's take hydrogen peroxide for domestic use that we most likely already have at home and use it by pouring it directly on the stains, leaving it to act for about half an hour. At the end of the timed time we can rub and dry the treated part admiring the excellent result.
How to clean a carpet with baking soda
One of the most used substances in domestic cleaning is certainly bicarbonate which also on this occasion is particularly effective. That's enough sprinkle some on the carpet, in areas where there are stains or almost everywhere, and then leave it to act for a few hours.
In the end, it is necessary to remove it by vacuuming or brushing it off. Thanks to its powers, baking soda is also capable of absorb bad smells that the carpet imprisons so it is not necessary to do other perfumed treatments, it will smell clean by itself, automatically.
How to clean a carpet with baking soda and vinegar
By combining baking soda and vinegar you get another magical mixture for cleaning carpets, very useful especially if there are some very persistent spots. Proceed first by putting the baking soda, then pouring the vinegar over it and then wait until it stops fizzing. At that point we begin to dry the area with a microfiber cloth.
How to clean a carpet with cornmeal
There are those who know this ingredient because of delicious chocolate creams to cook but it is actually a valid remedy also for "cooking" stained carpets to obtain a good result. A cup of corn flour should be taken and mixed with half a baking soda. The resulting mix should be rubbed with a damp cloth in areas where there are stains and should be left to act for half a day, then it is necessary to remove the residues with a vacuum cleaner.
You can also find other tips in the articles:
- How to clean carpets naturally
- How to clean wool rugs
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