How To Deep Green Clean Your Carpets
Over time spot cleaning just doesn't do it. You turn around one day and your carpets are a shade darker than when you had them installed. Or, you do a great job spot cleaning only to reveal how dirty the rest of the carpeting really is. Here's a way to get them green clean.
Ingredients: Salt, borax and white vinegar.
Equipment: A vacuum and a carpet steam cleaner.
Instructions:Start out with good old spot cleaning then move to the more heavy duty all over work.
1. Vacuum like you've never vacuumed before: go in 3 different directions. Get the dust, hair and particles out of the pile.
2. Mix 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax and 1/4 cup vinegar, then apply this paste to deep stains or heavily soiled sections of carpet. Allow the paste to sit on the carpet for several hours until it dries completely, then vacuum it away.
3. Start up the steam cleaner.
4. Skip the carpet shampoo. Hot water can get most grime out of your carpet alone, just make sure you fill your machine with really hot water.
5. If you have especially soiled carpeting you can add 1 cup white vinegar to 2.5 gallons of water for very deep cleaning.
6. Most machines have 2 modes. First you depress a button and release the hot water and second you release the button and it sucks water back up. Spend 3/4 of your time on the second mode. Soak the carpet then go over it three or four times to dry the carpet as much as possible.
7. Steam clean the carpets a second time.
8. Let the carpets dry completely. Once they are mostly dry you can bring furniture back in but we usually put aluminum foil under the legs to avoid any stain bleeding onto the wet carpets. Then, let them dry all the way before you walk on them to avoid staining them again.
9. Finally, dispose of the water from the machine responsibly.
Source: Apartment Therapy
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