It can be difficult to keep your carpet clean. Between kids, pets, food, and just normal accidents occurring, it can feel impossible to maintain a carpeted area.
Due to the upkeep, a lot of people have switched to laminate or hardwood flooring. Carpet shouldn’t be discouraging. It can be cleaned and maintained.
I had a home that was 90% carpet and two Great Pyrenees, while it was challenging at times, it was not impossible.
SPOT CLEANING THE CARPET
Sometimes you don’t need to deep clean the entire house. Like I said, accidents happen and some areas may need immediate attention.
I had a misfortune of cutting the back of my leg on light grey carpet. It was awful. The house was also being rented to me with the intentions of it being sold after I moved out, so I needed to clean the carpet asap.
The tried and true method I have found is a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda.
I poured a small amount of vinegar on the stain and then sprinkled it with baking soda. The two common household items act as a dream team, the vinegar softened the stain and the baking soda lifted and deodorized it. I allowed it to sit and bubble up and lift the stain.
After about 30 minutes on the minor stain, I grabbed a damp cloth and wiped up the baking soda in the area. It was like I was never there. You can also vacuum up the baking after it dries, if you don’t want to use a cloth.
Because the baking soda is a deodorizer, think about the box you have in the back of your fridge, you can also use it for pet accidents or other unfortunate accidents that occur around the house.
The same method has worked while I was trying to potty train my dogs. Puppies cannot and will not hold it when they are small and they do not immediately understand where to do their business.
Unfortunately, once a dog pees somewhere it is usually game over. Their spot is marked and that is where they are going to go from now on. The vinegar and baking soda help to remove the pheromones marking that area and makes potty training less complicated. It also saves your carpet from staining.
You can use this method to spot clean carpets for other things too like cat urine and vomit.
If you have a little more money on hand or see this being a more regular thing, like dog potty training, it may be a good idea to invest in a carpet steam cleaner.
For small spots like the ones mentioned above, you can get a steam cleaner with a smaller attachment for those quick little jobs. You can also just buy a smaller more portable steam cleaner if you don’t think you need to go all in and buy a large one to do all the carpet in the home.
I bought a steam cleaner with an attachment and I would deep clean the carpets once or twice a year and then use the attachment for quick clean ups.
DEEP CLEANING THE CARPET
If you are going to invest in a steam cleaner for your carpets, you may not want to use the commercial products that are sold along with them. If you have birds in the home or respiratory issues, introducing the smells from those heavy duty cleaners may not be the best idea.
Also, a lot of those cleaners can leave your carpet feeling kind of sticky, which will inevitably attract more dirt to your carpet. You can deep clean your carpet with white vinegar instead.
Vinegar will deodorize, fluff up, and brighten any carpet without harsh chemicals that may be doing more damage than good Just mix a 50/50 solutions of white vinegar and water in your cleaner’s reservoir tank and go.
The house may have a slight vinegar smell for a day or two, but as your carpet dries the smell with dissipate and eventually disappear all together.
When it comes to carpet, it is possible to keep it clean without hiring an expensive professional service or paying for a commercial cleaner. Vinegar and baking soda are more adequate to remove any difficult stains, deodorize your carpet, and brighten it overall.