Most commercial cleaners contain dangerous ingredients. Photo: Flickr

Most of the common carpet cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that are dangerous for our health, as well as for the health of our pets. Luckily, it is possible to keep your rug as new, without using harsh chemical products. Check our 5 green rug cleaning suggestions and learn how to maintain your home carpets in a perfect shape.

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Vacuum Your Rug Regularly

Dust, dirt, and soil enter our home on our shoes and on our clothes. Dust enters the house every time you open a window. Small particles of dirt settle deep in the rug’s fibres and can deteriorate it over time. The best way to keep your carpet fresh and hygienic is to vacuum it regularly. Vacuum your rugs at least once a week. Carpets placed in high-traffic areas must be vacuumed even more often – 2 times a week.

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Deal with Stains ASAP

Accidents happen, but when you spill your beverage or food, dealing with this immediately lowers the need to use strong toxic cleaning products. First, remove the excessive moist from the spill on the rug. After this treat the stain with hand soap and water, or some common household products for different types of dirt. Use salt or cornstarch to soak up grease stains, remove coffee and juice stains with club soda. If you have to deal with foul odours (like pet urine) on your rug, you can sprinkle evenly baking soda directly onto the rug and wait for 20 minutes. After this run the vacuum to extract the baking soda, the smell will be gone. You can make a powerful homemade stain removal solution from 1 part distilled white vinegar and 3 parts water.

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Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

It is handy to have some ready made cleaning product at home, but instead of using toxic ones you can opt for a plant-based cleaner. Read the labels carefully, though – there are many products labelled as ‘green’ but still containing hazardous chemicals. As a precaution, if you are renting a steam cleaning equipment make sure to rinse well the water tank before you use it. This way you will remove the toxic residues that might have left there from the previous renter of the machine.

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Book a Professional Rug Cleaning Company

No matter how much effort you put in maintaining your rugs hiring a professional is highly recommended at least once a year. Search for a rug cleaning company that uses eco-friendly products – a lot of experts nowadays do but make sure by checking the website. Professional cleaners can treat old stains meticulously, giving your rug fresh, as-new look.