How to Clean Carpets Naturally

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Since it’s the new year and still winter time, I always like to give our carpets a good cleaning but prefer not to use any chemicals that traditional carpet cleaning companies tend to use.  We like to clean our carpets about every 6 months with focus on cleaning them in the fall and in the spring. Whole house carpet cleaning can become costly so today I will show you not only how you can clean your carpets naturally to save money and keep toxic chemicals or fumes out of your carpets.

 

Now if you do not own a steam cleaner already, you can rent one from your local home improvement store. However, if you are ready to purchase a steam cleaner, I highly recommend one that will give professional quality results. We use a Bissell ProHeat which has a heated water option and built in dyer so your carpets get the professional clean you need, without leaving your floors soaking-wet afterwards. They are dry within no time at all!

 

Steam-Cleaner

 

Now on to what products to use. Since your steam cleaner heats the water and dries the carpet, this helps to ensure that your carpets will not leave any residue behind. Residue that’s left behind can cause a mildew smell from dampness and/or can actually attract more dirt and build-upon your carpets. The key here is to leave your carpets clean and dry after this method of cleaning.

 

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Hot Water {I add the hottest water possible to ensure a deep penetrating clean}
Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate

 

Optional:
Basic G Concentrated Germicide
Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover

 

The best part about this cleaning method {besides that it really works} is that it is VERY ECONOMICAL and safe for your children, pets, and the environment.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Remove large furniture items from the room you will be cleaning

2. Vacuum carpets really well to remove dust, dander, and debris

3. Fill the dispenser {where you would normally put the chemical based carpet cleaner} with water up until the line where it says “max.” Then you want to add 1 tablespoon of Basic H to the dispenser. If you are wanting to disinfect, deodorize, and kill 99.9% of germs {without staining, discoloring or “bleaching
your carpets} at this time you will also add in 1 tablespoon of Basic G, and if you have lighter carpets or heavy stains you will add in 1-2 scoops of Nature Bright.

 

 

Natural-Carpet-Cleaner
{Directions from the back of the Nature Bright Container}

Note:  If you use Nature Bright in your steam cleaner, make sure to rinse it out really well and vacuum your carpets after they have dried. This helps to remove any enzyme residues.

4. Let carpets dry completely

5. Put back large furniture items and dust furniture

6. Enjoy your freshly cleaned carpets!

 

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  1. Risa says

    Hi I am just cleaning my carpets now and I have the same machine. Does yours drip gray water when you are cleaning the carpet? Mostly in the area where start from, so I feel like i’m constantly backing up to suck up this gray stuff. It seems like it’s coming from the bottom of the unit.

    • says

      Hey Risa,
      I don’t think we have seen this happen, but it could be that something isn’t on tight which is allowing water to leak? How did it go with steam cleaning your carpets? Did you use Basic H and Basic G or other products? I hope they turned out lovely.

      Let me know,
      ~Jennifer

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