I have been using this Carpet Cleaning Solution for YEARS!
I refuse to purchase store bought Carpet Cleaning Solution for several reasons:
2) Health - the chemicals in the shampoos are very dangerous to your health. We absorb a large amount of toxins through our feet. In fact our feet are one of the largest sources. What you put on your carpet, travels through your blood. Many companies only have to put the minimum of ingredients on the actual bottle. Several Carpet shampoos have Neurotoxins in them.... These are the worst toxins you can be around.
3) Shampoos are the worst thing you can put onto your carpets. Unless you are completely RINSING them out after you are done with just plain hot water, you are leaving more soap then you think. These small little particles make your carpet look amazing after you are done, but, they are breaking down the fibers of your carpet. Worse yet, you are creating an invisible sticky landing pad for all dirt. Once the soap dries it becomes similar to 2 sided tape. It holds onto the fibers of the carpet while grabbing onto all the dust particles as they fall to the floor. Did you ever wonder why your carpets were dirty so fast?
Now when you first start using this carpet cleaning solution you will be completely GROSSED out. So be prepared. You may not be ready for how dark the water will be. If your water is not coming up dark, then you have a severe soap build up and it will take a few times before the dirt can finally release its grip from the "2 sided tape" you have on the floor.
We have a light cream colored carpet through out our whole house and we have to shampoo every 2 months becuase of our 2 year old. The nice part; They come completely clean every time.
Carpet Cleaning Solution that works for all machines
Here is what you will need to get started:
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- ½ Cup Borax
- 1 Gallon Hot Tap water
Mix ingredients together and add to your carpet machine.
Shampoo as usual. After a few times of carpet cleaning on different occasions you will see cleaner, carpets with less stains.
If you have a tough stain – pre-treat it first. or check out my post on set-in stains.
This solution is also great for removing pet stains.
*Vinegar: Kills Bacteria, Mold, Mildew, Viruses, Viruses, Fungus. It Cleans and removes odors.
Borax: Removes set in dirt and protects the carpet from grabbing back onto dirt. Making it easier to vacuum and shampooing less.