How to spot clean your carpet using natural ingredients

If you have carpeting throughout your home, you no doubt understand the importance of regular maintenance like vacuuming, at least three times a week. If you have pets or kids, you also know how spot cleaning can become a regular occurrence! Between pet accidents and juice spills, it may seem like your carpet will never be restored to its original beauty. Carpet cleaning in Virginia Beach every six to eight months can give you the deep cleaning you need. In the meantime, though, you should be ready to spot clean your carpets, especially in high traffic areas. If you have kids and pets, you may not want to use commercial cleaners with harsh chemicals. Here are some ideas on how to spot clean using only natural ingredients:

  • Baking soda: Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a few ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on the stain and allow to sit for an hour or more. Then, gently dab the area with a wet cloth.

  • White vinegar: This has great deodorizing properties and works well for almost any stain. Mix an equal amount of vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray and dab until the stain disappears.

  • Salt: use this on really tough stains like red wine or grape juice. The salt will soak up the excess liquid; then use the baking soda or vinegar mixture to clean the stain.

  • Lavender or lemon essential oil: These have pleasant scents that will leave your carpet fresh smelling. Use with the baking soda or vinegar mixture.

Always dab (never rub) the cleaner overtop of the stain; rubbing it will only get it deeper into the carpet. For liquid stains, use a cloth to soak up any excess liquid first. Your stain will be much less visible until your next appointment for carpet cleaning in Virginia Beach.

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