At-Home Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, FL: DIY Stain Removal & More

When it comes to cleaning and home solutions, there are a lot of possibilities for you. Baking soda, vinegar and even citrus can be effective tools when it comes to cleaning carpets and floors. These can be effective for small stains and basic cleaning around the house and can help save some money. In this blog, I’ll cover some creative ways you can go about easy DIY cleaning when it comes to your carpet and floor. These methods come straight from carpet cleaning Melbourne, FL professionals and other floor experts!


An important disclaimer though: these methods can be effective, but they shouldn’t be considered the be-all, end-all for home cleaning. Some things will be handled more effectively by actual chemical cleaning agents or a professional cleaning service, like Sunsation Restoration. Another danger is that if you are not careful, you may end up causing damage to your carpet or floor. That’s why we’re here to give you the full run-down.


A Simple Warning Regarding Acids

vinegar carpet cleaningBefore I get into the details presented here, we need to discuss vinegar. It is an acid. And if you add water to acid, it will cause a reaction. You never want to do this. You also do not want to mix acids, such as ammonia and vinegar. A friend of mine knew someone who did this and it was not pretty by the end of it. You always want to add the acid TO water, never the other way around. Water’s nature makes it very neutral and excellent for dilution. Doing so the other way around can cause a reaction that releases a lot of heat, resulting in splashing and potentially dangerous fumes.


Now, it might not be as bad as I’m making it sound here, but we always want people to stay safe! Particularly potent acids that have water added to them can result in reactions, like. Household vinegar will not have the same sort of reaction as sulfuric acid. Even then, you want to be careful.  Whenever you’re mixing chemicals, be smart about it. Always add the chemical in question to water unless the instructions say otherwise.


Organic Wood Floor Cleaner

wood floor cleaningCleaning a wood floor can sometimes be tricky, but this basic cleaning solution can be an effective one. Want to keep a beautiful shine on your wood floor? You will need a quarter cup of vinegar, a gallon of water and a few drops of an essential oil. Mix these together, and then apply it with a damp cloth or a mop. Be sure to get the excess water out of the cloth or mop.  Too much of the mixture could cause damage.  It’s also very important to get the ratios right for this one because of the fact the vinegar is acidic.  If you’re not careful, the acids in the vinegar will damage or even destroy the finish on your floor. Remember, a little vinegar goes a long way!


Ceramic Tile and Grout Floor Cleaning

Like cleaning your hardwood floor, vinegar and water work great with ceramic tile and grout. You can put together a solution of a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Actually doing the cleaning takes a little setup work in the first place, however. Sweep and vacuum the floor with the appropriate head attachments beforehand. This is because debris can scratch the floor and ruin it while you’re using the mop and your vinegar solution. Once prepared, wet the floor and let it soak for a moment or so and then start your cleaning. Once done, rinse thoroughly and dry the floor with a cloth. Warm water should be fine for the next few cleanings, with the occasional deep cleaning to get the real gritty stuff out.


For the Pet Stains

pet carpet cleaning melbourne, flWhen your pet dog or cat makes a little bit of a mess, it’s usually a good idea to clean it up fast. Try and soak up as much of the urine as possible first. You want to blot it! Rubbing or scrubbing will spread it around, just making more of a mess. Repeat this as you need until it’s gone and rinse with water. Again, blot it dry with paper towels.

If you want to give it a thorough cleaning, use 1 cup of baking soda and a half cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of clear dish liquid. First, sprinkle the baking soda over the spot. Then, mix the remaining hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Pour the cleaning solution over the spot slowly, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum the area. This is one place that a vinegar stain removal might not be for the best.  The reason for it is that your pet may try and mark the location again because of the scent of the vinegar. That’s no good, so don’t attract your pet’s attention with a vinegar solution.


If they do continue in the same spot, it might not be a territorial thing, but rather a serious medical condition. If this is the case, be sure to have your pet checked for a urinary tract infection.  This can be the reason why they’re going where they’re not supposed to be. It may be more expensive, but it can solve the issue permanently. Get your kitty or puppy checked out and solve two problems in one go!


Rug Stain Removal with Vinegar

For spot cleaning, this can be an effective quick method to get rid of a mess.


rug removal vinegarTo make this basic solution, you will need a one-to-one ratio of vinegar and warm water. For instance, ¼ cup vinegar added to ¼ cup water. If you have a spray bottle, all the better. Mix the solution in the bottle and then spray the spot you want to clean. Once wet, blot the stain with a clean cloth. Do not rub it though. Rubbing or scrubbing the stain will just make the mess bigger. It can even cause damage to the carpet fibers. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.


For particularly stubborn stains, apply baking soda first. This will act as a deodorizer. Rub it in gently and then spritz on your diluted vinegar solution a little at a time. Then use the clean cloth to blot. Like discussed above, do not rub with the cloth. Blot the stain and repeat as necessary. If you’re having an even harder time with your stubborn rug, call a carpet cleaning Melbourne, FL or Brevard professional to help you out.


Homemade Deodorizer

You can make your own simple home deodorizer to help remove any lingering smells. All you need is a mason jar, a couple cups of baking soda, and a teaspoon of essential oil.  Mix it in the mason jar and poke holes in the lid. Sprinkle the mixture heavily over the area and leave it overnight. The next morning, vacuum it up. It can get rid of small stains and pet smells. This can be an excellent way to finish off cleaning your carpet once you’ve removed all the stains. Use a particularly potent essential oil to make your carpet smell beautiful for days! We particularly love lemon and lavender.


An Expert in Brevard: Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, FL

Sometimes the home solutions don’t work quite as well as they could. In that case, it’s time to break out the actual cleaners that are developed to handle the stains and problems. There’s a lot of effective cleaner products you can get through the internet and stores.  One that a former cleaner recommends is Triple S Spring Green. This solution is an enzyme that will remove organic compounds out of carpets.


For larger messes, or thorough cleaning, you’re better off renting a proper cleaner or hiring a professional service for carpet cleaning Melbourne, FL or Brevard. A professional cleaning service with years of experience can help when it’s a huge mess from an accident or a disaster (flooding, anyone?) or you are having trouble getting the stains out. Get it done right the first time!

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