Do you have old carpets and are looking for some tricks on how to clean them or keep your carpets clean? You might vacuum weekly, and throughout the week whenever necessary; however, no matter how many times you do so, your old carpets can still appear dirty. Perhaps you even stick to the recommended guidelines of keeping shoes off your carpets and cleaning up any spills ASAP. Nevertheless, you get agitated over the fact that your old carpets still look dingy!
Our number one tip: if you clean your carpets regularly, even if they are old, then you can prevent stains and odours and even remove them. This includes professional cleaning, or you can rent a carpet steamer. Proper carpet care does not just uphold your carpet’s warranty; it also prolongs the life of your carpets.
Nevertheless, if you have old carpets and need some new ideas on how to remove old stains and odours, you have come to the right place.
In order to clean those carpets, combine one part borax (sodium borate) with two parts cornmeal or baking soda. This will create a carpet powder that can help remove stains and odours. Place the mixture over your entire carpet, or just the necessary area, and wait at least one hour before you vacuum it up. This solution might even lift stuck-on dirt from your carpets and help prevent your carpet from getting mouldy.
If your carpets are still stained, you can try treating the stain with a mixture of vinegar and water. Apply the solution evenly over the stain, preferably with a spray bottle (so that you can control how much you use). Once your carpet is sufficiently damp, leave the solution on the stain for at least 10-15 minutes. Soak the liquid up by blotting it with a towel. You should never rub your carpet with a towel because it can ruin your carpets fibres. Even if your carpet is old, it is good practice to make sure that you maintain proper carpet care.
For good measure, you should also rent a carpet-cleaning machine and follow the manufacturers instructions on how to use it. Once you are done, keep off of your carpets until they are dry. Then use your regular vacuum to fluff up your carpet fibres.
Borax is a natural, eco-friendly, and effective cleaning product. It can even be used to clean your microwave, countertops, floor tiles, shower, or tub.
Make sure to mix your solutions in your kitchen or bathroom and away from food and children. Even natural, eco-friendly, products can be dangerous if ingested.