Family, pets, and kids, along with yourself, contribute to all the bacteria and mess on your floors and carpets. Stains are bound to happen, but there are proper ways to get rid of those stains and get rid of most of the bacteria. First of all, you should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, just like professional carpet cleaners use.
After you clean up after accidental messes or stains, there are still microorganisms that can’t be seen by the human eye. You should use a non-toxic antibacterial solution, and you can make a very effective one yourself at home. Get two cups of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar in order to make a paste. Vinegar is an antimicrobial substance, and baking powder is, of course, a universal cleaner that can has a variety of uses, including deodorization. Before you use the mix, test it out on a small piece of your carpet first. Then, you can rub in the solution in a circular motion on the stained area with a clean white cloth. Let it sit for a couple of hours to do its magic. When the liquid has evaporated, you can vacuum the area.
Antimicrobial solutions are great at helping to get rid of mildew, urine, bacteria, sewage, contaminants, and water damage. If bacteria in your home aren’t cleaned up, it can severely affect your skin, allergies, and make you more susceptible to illnesses. You don’t even have to limit the antimicrobial solution to just your carpet, as you can use it anywhere in your home, such as your kitchen tile, upholsteries (check first to see if it won’t ruin it), couches, fabrics, etc.
Home cleaning solutions from the store can slowly bite away at your wallet. There are a couple of home cleaning solutions you can make yourself, probably with ingredients you already have, and all you have to purchase is a spray bottle that cost less than a dollar (unless you already have one).
Mix: 1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup of water.
With this mix you can clean bathrooms, counter-tops, floors and other exterior surfaces. If you’re going to use this mixtures for tougher exterior surfaces, like shower walls, you can heat the homemade cleaning solution until it’s a little hot. This will help the solution be more effective in breaking down the residue.
Mix: make a paste of baking soda + water
This mix can be used for tougher grime and mildew. Apply this paste to an exterior surface and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the soap scum and mildew, making it easier for you to wipe away.
Another thing you can use baking soda for is slow-running drains. Pour about 1/2 to ¾ of a cup of baking soda into the drain, along with just the right amount of water to wash the solution. After 2 or more hours, flush the drain with hot water. Not only will this clean the drain, but it will also deodorize it! Baking soda is always a miracle worker of sorts, and this is just touching the surface of what baking soda can do.
Vacuuming is good for your carpets, but vacuums, along with other preventative measures you take to keep your carpets looking good, is never enough. Deep extraction cleaning will take care of everything else that vacuuming and other do-it-yourself methods will miss. Additionally, renting a extraction machine isn’t going to cut it as well, since the extraction machines used by professional carpet cleaners are just that much better. Extraction machines that can be rented only do surface cleaning, and nothing more.
Extraction machines used by professional carpet cleaners are designed for deep stain removal, giving your carpets a longer life and keeping it looking new longer. These machines allow for a deep clean, using a specific cleaning solution, giving your carpets the best clean ever without damaging it.
A problem with using rented extraction machines is the possibility of using too much water. Using a lot of water may be very bad, as well as damaging, for your carpets. This will lead to the development of mold and mildew. A top-notch extraction machine will be able to remove a lot of the moisture and water from the carpets. The dirty water with all the contaminants will be removed from your carpet with ease, and the professional carpet cleaners will know just how to operate the extraction machine.
The extraction machine is extremely effective in lifting dirt and debris from the carpet, as well as the moisture, but it is also gentle enough to not damage the fibers of your carpet. Rented extraction machines are probably not checked as frequently, and so you may get a faulty extraction machine that may permanently damage your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners check their equipment frequently enough that they can make the right fixes to their extraction machine before it does any potential damage to their clients’ carpets.