The rugs in our homes don’t stay clean for a very long time. Especially, if they are placed in high traffic areas, like the hallway, living room, or under the coffee table. That is why cleaning them is essential to maintain them in good shape. Not only will regular cleaning make them look as-new, but it will help to diminish the bacteria and dirt that can put your family at risk.
However, the commercial rug cleaning solutions are full of harmful toxins and chemicals that are a threat to you and your family. That is why you can prepare your own DIY cleaning solutions the next time you need to clean your rugs. Here are 3 easy recipes you can try at home.
Homemade Synthetic Rug Cleaner
Synthetic or man-made fibres are used in the majority of the rugs fabricated nowadays. What makes them so popular choice is their strength, their durability, stain resistance and at last, but not least, their affordability. The maintenance of synthetic fibres is relatively simple, making this the perfect homemade rug cleaner recipe to freshen up your synthetic carpets.
• 1 part white distilled vinegar
• 1 part water
• steam cleaner
Mix the two ingredients in a plastic container until they are combined well. Pour the solution in a steam cleaner’s container. Use the steamer as usual. Make sure not to get your rug soaking wet as this can ruin the backing and cause the carpeting to shrink. Let the rug air dry completely before walking on it again.
Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda Stain Cleaner
Hydrogen peroxide is a great substance to use when it comes to removing stains from all kinds of fabric items. If you combine it with baking soda, you can eliminate foul odours as well. When these two ingredients are used together, you have one great solution for getting rid of rug stains.
1 cup baking soda
½ cup hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Use a paper towel or a clean cloth to soak up any excess liquid from the rug if the stain is wet. If the stain is solid or semi-solid, you can use a dull knife to remove the excess dirt. Sprinkle the baking soda over the stain. Mix the dish soap and the hydrogen peroxide in a container. Slowly pour the solution over the stain covered with baking soda. Using a soft brush or cloth, gently blot the mixture into the rug. Let it stay like this for 10 minutes. After the time is up, vacuum the spot thoroughly. Repeat for stubborn stains.
Pet Stain and Odour Remover Spray
When having pets, accidents on the carpet is nothing to be surprised of, making this DIY pet stain and odour removing spray a must. The ingredients are inexpensive, the solution itself is easy to make, and will work wonders getting urine, blood or vomit stains out of the rug. The distilled vinegar will help you get rid of even old stubborn stains, while baking soda acts to remove unpleasant odours.
• 2 cups white distilled vinegar
• 2 cups warm water
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and pour the solution into a spray bottle. If the stain is still fresh, carefully blot the area that needs to be treated to soak up as much of the liquid as you can. Spray the spot with the solution and let it sit for 5 minutes. Gently blot the area with a soft cloth. Allow the rug to dry.
Once or twice a year you will need to deep clean furnishings deep-cleaned. If you need a hand, don’t hesitate to call us and book our professional rug cleaning service.