As you go through your spring cleaning checklist, remember to look downward and be sure that you spend some time deep cleaning your carpets. Here are three different ways that you can effectively deep clean your carpet, beyond just vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis.
#1 Pull Off Old Stains
To pull of old stains you are going to need a mixture of water and vinegar, an iron, and an old towel.
Take a mixture that has one-part vinegar to three parts water and apply it to the stain in your carpet. You should make the area feel damp to the touch.
Then, take a towel that is damp and put it on top of the stain. Next, take your iron and run it over the towel and heat it up. This process should lift the stain off the carpet and transfer it to the old towel. Iron until all or most of the stain has been lifted.
#2 Deep Clean Your Carpet
Next, you need to deep clean your carpet. Deep cleaning your carpet will help get rid of the dust mites and allergens that settle deep inside of your carpet.
To deep clean your carpet, you are going to need to rent a rug cleaning machine. A rug cleaning machine is designed to steam your carpet in order to kill and remove the dust mites and allergens that are beyond the reach of your typical vacuum cleaner.
You are going to need to use a cleaning solution with the carpet cleaning. If you don't want to use one of the chemical solutions that are typically sold for carpet cleaning machines, you can make your own solution.
#3 Freshen Up Your Carpet
Another way to clean your carpet is to freshen it up and make it smell nice. If you want your house and your carpet to smell great, you can make your own carpet deodorizer with a few simple products. You'll need a box of baking soda as well as an essential oil that you enjoy the smell of. Often times, relaxing smells like lavender or energizing smells like wild orange are used for this process.
Take the box of baking soda and add around twenty drops of essential oil, or enough drops so that you can smell the essential oil without being overwhelmed. Then, shake up the baking soda and essential oil so that it is combined together.
Next, take the baking soda that is now scented with the essential oils and shake it onto your carpet. Let the baking soda sit for a little bit, so that it can absorb bad odors from your carpet and transfer the smell from the essential oils onto your carpet, then vacuum everything up. Your carpet should smell great.