Vinegar is a well-known kitchen ingredient. Many homemakers make use of vinegar in cooking a variety of dishes. However, what many may not know is that it has many uses even outside being a kitchen ingredient. Vinegar can also be used in cleaning, especially in cleaning the carpet.
Though there are many homemade solutions available for cleaning carpets, the use of vinegar seems to produce the most satisfactory results. While many people may be aware of this, how the solution is prepared and how the actual cleaning is done is something that is not very clear. For those that would like to try this at home, the following simple process should be able to assist you in doing so.
To achieve the best result while cleaning your carpet with vinegar, ensure you use the vinegar solution as the cleaning agent in a steam carpet cleaner. The steam carpet cleaners are available for hire in groceries or home improvement stores. However, for those who can afford it, buying one for your home use is an added advantage. A simple brush and vacuuming machine would be enough if your intention were just to remove the stains and not to clean the entire carpet.
Mixing the carpet cleaning solution
There is actually no strict rule guiding the proportions of vinegar and water to be used in the carpet cleaner. In the mixture, some people report to using a quarter as much vinegar as water to achieve quite a good result. Others make the mixture to a 50/50 proportion. Hence, you can use as much vinegar in the water as you deem okay. However, ensure the amount of vinegar does not exceed the amount of water. Note that the vinegar to be used is the white distilled vinegar.
Once the mixture is ready, ensure you adhere to the instructions on the user manual of the carpet-cleaning machine you are using. However, in most cases, the cleaners are simple to use.
Using vinegar to remove carpet stains
A vinegar mixture can also be used to remove stains from your carpet. All you need do is to ensure a good mixture of the white vinegar and baking soda to make a paste. Ensure you have enough mixture of vinegar and water (no matter the proportion used) to apply over the stained area. The mixture is left over the area for a while and when it dries up, a vacuum cleaner is used to remove it. Though this should remove the stains, some stains might need more than just a single treatment.
Advantages of cleaning carpets with vinegar
Vinegar as a cleaning agent has many advantages. First, it is cheaper than the commercial carpet cleaning products found in most stores. In addition, it is very accessible as most home kitchens have some vinegar lying around which in case of emergency can be used for carpet cleaning. The use of vinegar also prevents contact with harsh chemicals. Though it has no effect on pets, its long-term use is discouraged. It is also safe around children, making it a perfect option for young families with kids and pets.
Some popular uses of vinegar in carpet cleaning include:
• In cleaning carpet stains and mark: Stains and marks on carpets can be very unbecoming. It ruins the carpet’s appearance, making it look filthy and dirty. Vinegar has cleaning qualities that help in breaking down these stains.
• In removing unpleasant carpet odors: Removing unpleasant carpet odor is another problem that can be solved with vinegar. Vinegar has a decolorizing property that can be an added advantage in carpet cleaning. It helps in neutralizing carpet odor caused by pets, fungi, bacteria etc.
Some downside to using vinegar
The acidic nature of vinegar makes it dissolve mineral deposits from all kinds of smooth surfaces, especially when not diluted with water.
In addition, vinegar has a foul stench that can remain for a while when used in a room. This smell makes the room uncomfortable especially when you are in the room immediately after using vinegar to clean your carpets.
Some vacuuming tips
In carpet cleaning, vacuuming is an important part of maintenance. It picks up the dirt that cause most of the damage to carpets. Low traffic areas should be vacuumed 1-2 times a week whereas high traffic areas need to be vacuumed 2-3 times a week. This is because the majority of dirt in homes is tracked in from outside onto these areas. Vacuuming regularly ensures the removal of dirt particles and the prevention of tearing and fraying of carpet fiber.