If you’re stuck at home right now with no tools to deep clean your carpet, then this article is for you. Keep any virus from putting you and your family in danger by taking note of the following tips:
Follow these simple steps
Cleaners needed: Baking soda or dish soap (alternatively, you can use the same product used in steam cleaners)
Tools needed: Old toothbrush, brush, clean rag or towel, and bucket
Here are the steps for how to clean your carpet without a steam cleaner:
- Get a bucket of warm water and your preferred cleaning tool ready.
- Vacuum the entire area you wish to clean to get rid of dirt and dust.
- If using baking soda, sprinkle the stain until completely covered. If using dish soap, measure the stain’s size, and use 1 tablespoon per 6 to 8 inches of stain.
- Swoosh it around until you see bubbles.
- Using an old brush, toothbrush, rag, or towel, gently scrub the stain with warm water.
- Do not completely soak the floor, just make it wet enough to scrub away the dirt/stain.
- Turn on any fans, or open nearby windows to allow carpet to air dry.
- Once dry, vacuum again. Source: FirstForWomen
Be cautious when using natural products
Many sites recommend sanitizing carpet by spraying it with distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is not an EPA-recommended disinfectant. The acetic acid in vinegar does break apart soil and has some disinfectant qualities by changing the structure of germ cells. However, it is much more effective on hard nonporous surfaces than carpet fibers.
While it will help reduce the number of bacteria on the carpet if used along with the high heat of a steam cleaner, it will not leave your carpet sanitized or disinfected.
If you choose to use vinegar, select Cleaning Strength White Distilled Vinegar that contains six percent acetic acid rather than another lower acid vinegar.
Don’t forget to use disinfectant spray
For areas like your couch and carpet that can’t be wiped down, you can use a disinfectant spray, like Lysol, to go after unseen germs. I suggest spraying in a sweeping motion to cover the entire surface, then let it completely dry before sitting down or walking on the surface.
You can also spray down countertops, mattresses and tables. If you’re out of wipes, you can also aim your disinfecting spray into a paper towel to wipe down sink handles and other smaller surfaces.
As you can see, making your home safe is possible even without tools. But it takes so much time and effort to do all this on a regular basis. So if you’re looking to free up your schedule so you can work from home or do more relaxing activities, contact us and we’ll take care of the carpet cleaning task for you!