Claire Moshenberg

    #TipsTuesday: 4 Nontoxic Carpet Cleaning Tips

    Posted September 18th, 2012 by

    Between kids and pets, it’s easy for the carpet in your home to become stain-central. Swap toxic carpet cleaners for handy nontoxic ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, and try simple steps to reduce stains and smells in your carpeting, the nontoxic way!

    Photo credit: Photo by Flickr user Michael Kappel

    Odor Control: Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet and let it set for 30 minutes to an hour before vacuuming. Baking soda absorbs odors and moisture; to further improve odor, National Geographic Green Living recommends trying a few drops of lavender oil or ground cloves to the baking soda to improve indoor odor.

    Stain removal: 

    Vacuum: Vacuuming regularly is one of the quickest, easiest ways to keep your carpet clean. If, like me, you often forget to vacuum, try adding a reminder to your calendar to make sure you stay up to date (Aim for once or twice a week. Not possible? Don’t worry about it! Do it as often as you can based on your schedule). You can also do double duty and protect your carpet while cleaning up your indoor air by using a HEPA filter vacuum. HEPA filters trap fine particles of pollen, dust, and other allergens.


    Lose the shoes: Lower your toxic chemical exposures, and keep your carpets cleaner, by leaving your shoes at the door. Lead-contaminated soil from the outside creates the majority of lead dust inside our homes. Leaving your shoes at the door can cut your lead dust levels by 60 percent, and also reduce your exposure to pesticides, dust mites, and more. To maintain carpets, wear socks or slippers instead of going barefoot indoors: Healthy Child, Healthy World says that natural skin oils can release from bare feet and attract dirt on the carpet.

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    136 Comments

    October 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm by Josh

    Preventative carpet cleaning is the key to effective, cost-efficient floor care.

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    Ivan Reply:

    One very important tip to prevent odors or heavy soil in high traffic areas is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. Do your research beause not all companies are the same. Find someone who is knowledgeable about their profession. Ask important questions such as:

    1.What kind of cleaning method do you use?
    2.How hot does your steam get?
    3.Do you use a two step cleaning process?
    4.Are you insured and bonded
    5.Do you guaranteed your work?

    Remember everyone will promise the cheapest price. However, if someone can answered the questions correctly without hesitatiation they just might be done it right. All carpet mills recommend you to have carpets professionally clean once a year. check out our web for more information @ http://www.aquateccarpet.com

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    Scott Reply:

    Pet stains are often much more difficult to get out, especially if they have been soaked into the backing. Carpet Cleaning is sometimes not enough as pets will return to he same spot to urinate creating a stain on top of a stain which will seep into the backing. Water will re-activate it and a new stain will wick back up the fibers.

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    Gary Floor Reply:

    @Josh, Always get a professional cleaner in for heavily stained carpets – putting too much chemical can bleach or dye or destroy your fabrics

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    Steven Reply:

    Just like your furnace filter, oil changes and dental visits. It is routine maintenance that is the key to keeping things their best. The same applies to your carpets. The helpful tips above are great. Often people do more harm than good with home remedies or they leave residues in the carpet and upholstery that re-soil quickly.

    There are green all natural products available. Not all companies use harsh or unsafe products.

    The carpet mills recommend professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months to prevent from voiding your warranty. You need to weigh all the alternatives between do it yourself versus hiring a trained professional.

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    sonom Reply:

    WA At Eco-Clean, we believe that carpet cleaning solutions aren’t “One
    Size Fits All”. Our Carpet Cleaning solution will be customized for
    your particular home. We consider the age of your carpet, the level
    of saturation, the presence of stains,the types of stains, possible
    animal odors, etc. Then, we create a cleaning solution that is right
    for you. We mix the right type of chemicals with the right type of
    machine and our results are fantastic. While some companies stick
    with one method of cleaning, we offer.

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    October 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm by Josh

    There are several means by which carpet cleaning for the removal of stains, dirt, grit, sand, and allergens can be achieved.

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    October 4, 2012 at 7:00 am by Danica

    In cleaning your carpets, you have to remember some tips that you can use in ensuring that your rugs will be cleaned effectively. There are rugs that need to be cleaned with special materials to maintain its quality as well.

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    October 4, 2012 at 3:45 am by Carlton Cleaning

    Wow! These are a powerful set of tips that are great for anybody to know, even if you don’t have kids! Thanks for sharing Claire.

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    Jen Thompson Reply:

    @Carlton Cleaning, So true. She’s gonna put me out of business, lol! Amazing tips.

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    October 3, 2012 at 3:01 am by nellydean

    Thats a lot of class 1 methods/ remedies. I’m sure its a lot of compitation for the professionals.
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    October 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm by chandler carpet cleaning

    Love the name of this blog, TipTuesdays :) Great tips that you have here especially when many people have children and pets at home.

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    October 2, 2012 at 3:54 am by Business Cleaning Services

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post. Non toxic cleaning tips are very useful for each home.

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    Jenny Cindrella Reply:

    Thanks a lot for sharing these ideas. I will definitely try your suggestions about carpet cleaning. I am looking forward to see more updates from you. If you are elderly and do not have the strength or the energy to shampoo, vacuum, or steam your carpets regularly, hiring professionals that regularly perform carpet cleaning in Indianapolis is one of the best moves that you can make.

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    September 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm by Sarah Weith

    This is great! I now have an idea how to clean my carpet, and remove the odor that has bothered me for days.

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    September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm by Fred G.Arrant

    Thanks a lot for sharing these ideas. I will definitely try your suggestions about carpet cleaning. I am looking forward to see more updates from you. If you are elderly and do not have the strength or the energy to shampoo, vacuum, or steam your carpets regularly, hiring professionals that regularly perform carpet cleaning in Indianapolis is one of the best moves that you can make.

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    September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm by Anita

    This is great. Ever since reading Arlene Blum’s work on how flame retardants and other chemicals migrate from our electronics and seat cushions into household dust, I’ve been a lot better about remembering to vacuum!

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