Keeping your carpet clean is absolutely essential. The carpet is one part of your interior decoration that attracts a large amount of dust mites, dirt, germs, stains and spillages. It is most important that you clean your carpet at least once every six months, if not more – if only for the sake of your health and your family's health. Cleaning a carpet takes a little bit of effort and time – it is not an easy job, especially if you are planning to do it by hand. This is why it is always easier to get yourself a carpet cleaning machine – they are also available for rent, which you might find more convenient. A carpet cleaning machine – especially a steam cleaner – works wonders for your carpet. With it, the only other thing that you need is a carpet cleaner solution – and your carpets are as good as new.
You can find a good carpet cleaner solution at your local department store – or online. There are various companies that manufacture good carpet cleaning solutions, and asking your friends and family for recommendations – or reading user reviews online – will help you to find the right cleaning solution. However, if you do not want to spend time and money looking for readymade company-manufactured products, you can always make your carpet cleaning solutions yourself, using household substances and some household chemicals that are extremely simple to find – and are altogether a whole lot cheaper than your least expensive carpet cleaner.
There are various ways you can make your own carpet cleaner solution, which you can use in your steam machine. The simplest and most fundamental carpet cleaner is water. It works very well as a carpet cleaner when it is used in steam machines.
One-tenth vinegar-water solution is a good carpet cleaner for stubborn spots, and if you are worried about the smell of vinegar, there is no need to trouble yourself. The smell wears off as the solution dries up.
Ammonia solution can be used in different strengths in your steam machine to clean your carpets.
Ammonia with dishwashing liquid and water also makes a good carpet cleaner solution; with all kinds of ammonia solutions, you have to remember to keep the windows open, because the odor will be quite overpowering till the solution dries off completely.
Equal parts Windex and hot water also put together a good cleaning solution for your carpets.
Laundry soap and water can be used to shampoo your carpets; this will be considerably less expensive than a readymade carpet shampoo, and just as effective.
OxiClean and hot water also make a good carpet cleaner solution, and this one does not smell like the ammonia or vinegar solutions, so you will not even have to wait for the smell to go.
Febreeze, OxiClean, vinegar and hot water put together also create a great cleaning solution, that is more effective than just OxiClean and water – but the vinegar has a smell that wears off only after the carpet is completely dry.
These carpet cleaner solutions are quite effective – but you should always test your home-made solution on a small hidden part of the carpet to check for discolorations, because proportions can sometimes go wrong.