Before you know it, your carpets are shades darker than they were just one season ago. Here are my favorite natural spring cleaning tips to liven up your carpeting:
1.) Always vacuum firstIt is important to vacuum regularly which keeps deeply embedded dirt, sand and dander to a minimum. Use the changing seasons to do a thorough, detailed vacuum of the nooks and crannies: Under furniture, around furniture legs and across your baseboards.
2.) Get rid of stainsWhile we all do our best to deal with carpet stains as they happen, there are always those pesky spots we didn’t have time to tackle or that take several treatments.
One of the coolest spring cleaning tips I came across last year helped me remove stains I thought I was stuck with forever – and all you need is an iron.
- Throw a solution of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water into a spray bottle and spray the stain.
- Place a damp rag on top of the spot.
- With your iron on the steam setting, iron the rag for about 30 seconds.
3.) Bust out the steam cleanerMix equal parts water and vinegar and add to your steam cleaner just like you would any cleaning solution. Add a few drops of your favorite oil if you’re concerned your carpet’s going to smell like salad dressing. For high traffic areas that need more power, use a higher ratio of vinegar to water.
4.) Keep your carpets freshBetween deep cleans, you can prolong the freshness of your carpet by creating your own carpet freshener. Mix the below ingredients and store in a shaker:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil
- If you have pets, add ½ cup of borax to keep fleas at bay
Who knows? After taking these spring cleaning tips for a spin, you might even enjoy cleaning your carpets! (Okay, that’s probably a stretch.)
Courtesy of: Organic Authority