Cleaning and Caring for Your Carpet the Green Way

Everyone loves the feel of clean carpet. But clean carpet requires regular cleaning and not all cleaning methods are green friendly. In fact, some of the chemicals used by professional carpet cleaners are very toxic and non-green. You want to minimize any chemical detergents, solvents, or cleansers as much as possible so that you can clean your carpet the green way. Let’s look at a few ways to do that:

Remember that what you are removing from your carpet can be hazardous. You might be using a home deep cleaning machine that uses hot tap water but it makes no difference if what you are removing out of your carpet is not green friendly. So this means that you should not dump the waste water from the cleaning process into the ground or down a storm drain. If you want to maintain a green carpet cleaning focus, give your public water treatment works utility a call and inquire where you can bring this waste water. It might mean taking the time to pour the waste water into plastic jugs but you will be doing the right thing for the environment.

Keep your carpet clean to begin with. That way there is less of a need to do a big job so often. People living in Asian countries really have a good idea by taking their shoes off before entering a house. It takes a little getting using to but in the long run you’ll be glad you did because you will rarely track anything in from outside.

Another way is to allow no eating or drinking in living areas except for special occasions. Other family members may not like this rule but it will significantly cut down the accidental spills. Plus, it is great for controlling pests like cockroaches. You will also need to get yourself a good vacuum cleaner and change the bag before it gets stuffed and begins blowing dust.

You might also consider using several inexpensive washable throw rugs to keep areas soil and stain free. You can use more throw rugs in heavy traffic areas. These will serve to protect the carpet. If you want to display your full carpet on special occasions, it is a matter of picking up the throw rugs.

Tap the power of vinegar and water. Distilled white vinegar is a versatile green stain removal and color restoration agent. Plus it is inexpensive. All you have to do is mix two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar and a quarter cup of baking soda into a paste and rub it into the carpet. When it dries, you just vacuum it up. Or, instead of a paste, you can take two thirds cup of water and one third cup of distilled white vinegar and blot the area with a sponge soaked with clean water. You can also mix one cup of vinegar with a gallon of water and use it in a home deep cleaning machine to bring out the color in your carpet. Make sure that you always test your solutions in an inconspicuous area before full use. And, never rub a stain—always blot.