I’m No Snake Oil Salesman – I’ve got the cure for your carpets!
Whether you have a carpet shampooer in your home or you rent one from a DIY center, invariably, someone tries to sell you shampoo for your machine. We all know shampoo is great for your hair or your dog (but not your cat….they really don’t like the stuff), but it might not necessarily be the best choice for your carpets. And it’s certainly a case of less is more if you DO decide to use it.
The problem with commercial cleaners is that no matter how much you rinse and rinse and rinse, you may still be leaving the chemicals behind. You’re not getting the same kind of rinse effect as you would rinsing out clothes in a washing machine or under the water faucet or even wringing. When you are using a machine, you still have moisture left..and in that moisture may be shampoo residue. That residue then acts like a magnet in collecting more dust and stains to your carpet.
But then what do you use?
My friends, Vinegar – it’s the miracle cleaner! And I promise, I’m no Snake Oil Salesman!
Vinegar not only helps kill the bacteria in the carpets, it helps sanitize and deodorize at the same time, without having the lingering perfumy smells. Yes, for a little while, you’ll smell some vinegar, but it dissipates as it evaporates. Vinegar will also help break down any residual shampoo that may be there from other carpet shampooing sections (which is why it’s great as a fabric softener in your wash – helping rinse out the soaps in your clothes thoroughly).
We use 1C of distilled white vinegar to 1 gal of water in a rental carpet cleaning machine. You can also mix 1/8 C washing soda or borax per gallon to the machine, but we choose to go with straight vinegar. After spending our date night tag teaming, our house is fresher smelling with clean carpets..and we’re safe in knowing no harmful chemicals were used in doing so!
Pre-treating..we mix a spray bottle with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water to pre-treat any stains we see in the carpet, too.