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Economical Carpet Cleaning Choices

Last time, we began our discussion on flooring. Today we are going to jump right back into the conversation, offering you a few different choices when it comes time to clean the carpet.

The first option is also the most economical. The fundamental idea is simple: clean the carpet. How you go about doing this quickly develops into a branching tree of options which themselves range from the DIY and cheap to the subcontracted and expensive.

On the cheaper end, mixing a potion of vinegar, dish soap and warm water will create a marvelous all-purpose cleaner which is great for tackling lighter stains by hand. Scrubbing away on your hands and knees obviously isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun afternoon, but if it is what stands between your home possessing clean or dirty carpets, then it is also what stands between selling or not selling your home.

A basic recipe for this cleaning solution includes:

  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap
  • 1 quart of warm water
  • 14 teaspoon of white vinegar

There are other methods, other recipes, sometimes including baking soda or salt, and if you need larger batches simply adjust the proportions to your space. Whichever direction you choose to go with this is fine, the important part is to mix all the ingredients well in a bucket or a spray bottle.

Before you actually begin to scrub, be sure to vacuum the carpet. Few things are more frustrating than beginning to clean a carpet only to find that all you’re doing is pulling around hair, dirt, and other loose garbage. By taking it out of the equation right away you will spare yourself the frustration of scrubbing up an unnecessary amount of debris.

Once this is done, apply the mixture to the area of the carpet which you need to clean. This can be completed either by spraying from a bottle or by dampening a cloth and drizzling the cleaning solution over the space. Then let the cleaner soak into the carpet for a few minutes. This allows the solution to break down the grime which has begun to stain the fibers of the carpet.

One of the biggest appeals to this option is the non-toxic nature of the substances being used. As soon as you’re done cleaning, your home is usable again. No need to worry about toxic fumes seeping into your lungs and making the air poisonous.

Tune in next time when we move on to some deeper cleaning techniques!

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