Organic Carpet Cleaning

by Emily McBride
(last updated March 1, 2010)

After being walked on all day, it is no surprise that our carpets get dirty and could use a good cleaning. Not only does cleaning your carpet help to make it look nicer, but it also helps dust, dirt, and other potential allergens. However, some people feel that the chemicals used to professionally clean carpets are too harsh and do more damage and good. If you feel this way, then perhaps you should turn to organic carpet cleaning.

Cleaning your carpets organically can be beneficial because it doesn't produce the noxious odors or put you in contact with the harsh chemicals of regular carpet cleaning. Also, cleaning your carpets organically can help them to last longer.

"Organic" is a big buzzword in this day and age, but what exactly does it mean? Organic essentially means that something is made up of carbon-based chemical compounds. Organic products do not contain artificial chemicals. Some elements of homemade carpet cleaners are materials like salt and baking soda—not pesticides or other harsh chemicals that are often found in commercial carpet cleaners. "Going green" with your household cleaners may also save you money. It is cheaper to use salt or baking soda rather than carpet cleaning solutions that you buy at the store.

There are different ways to get your carpets cleaned organically, but most of them involve using a professional cleaner. Some organic cleaners use a form of dry cleaning, while others' methods involve hot water. It is always best to research different professional organic carpet cleaning companies before you choose one. Sometimes the best way to research is by word of mouth. Ask your friends or neighbors if they have any carpet cleaners that they recommend.

If you do not want to employ a professional to clean your carpet organically, you do have a few options. To get rid of a bad odor in your carpet, you can sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and salt onto your carpet. Let it sit for thirty minutes before you vacuum it up. You can also add small amounts of cinnamon or all-spice into the mixture to help scent your carpet. If you choose to do this, however, you might want to test it on a small, hidden area to ensure that the cinnamon or all-spice will not stain your carpet. To help remove dirt and to bring out the color of your carpet, sprinkle salt or cornstarch. Vacuum it after fifteen to thirty minutes.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...


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