I have long touted the use of vinegar to de-odorize homes that have odors from a variety of causes. It evaporates quickly and does not leave behind any residue. Simply test the area for safety before using.
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Have you experienced the cleaning power of vinegar before? White vinegar is an extremely convenient cleaner at home. Instead of turning to chemical-based cleaners every time you have to de-stain and freshen your home, vinegar can be an alternative option. Carpet cleaning with vinegar is a great choice, due to its acidic levels. White vinegar is also an antimicrobial with an ability to exterminate all forms of germs. In this article we will talk about a few different ways vinegar can help you clean your carpet.Carpet Cleaing with Vinegar - Clean Without Harsh ChemicalsDIY carpet cleaning doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. You can quickly restore the shine and beauty to your rugs by using vinegar readily available in your home. The best thing about carpet cleaning with vinegar is that it leaves behind no toxic residue. For that reason, it is for many the carpet cleaner of choice in homes with pets and toddlers.Start by first testing on an inconspicuous part of the carpet to make sure that white vinegar won't alter the carpet color. If you are satisfied with the results, pour a little vinegar on a clean piece of cloth and dab the carpet with it. Allow a few minutes for the fibers to absorb the solution before blotting.Spot-CleaningWhether it is a fresh spill, or a dried-on stain, white vinegar can help remove the stain and restore the beauty of your carpet. Vinegar is used to remove coffee spills, pet urine, and other types of stains. Aquaion 360's advice is to treat the stains before they dry on the carpet. If the stain has already dried you can still clean with vinegar, just might not work as quickly.For spills like coffee or ink, first, remove or dab away the excess liquid from the carpet. Pour a small amount of vinegar on a clean piece of cloth and use it to blot the affected area. Rinse and blot with a clean piece cloth. Repeat the process for as long as it takes to remove the stain completely. For dried-on stains and mud, first, agitate with a soft bristled brush before blotting with a cloth dampened vinegar.Steam CleaningWhen steam cleaning your carpets, you don't have to rely on chemical cleaners. White vinegar can work just fine. Use vinegar as the cleaning solution in the machine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The steam cleaning process will remain just the same with even better results. The house will smell of vinegar during cleaning but after drying the smell will vanish. No rinsing required.Freshen UpDid you know that you can use vinegar to freshen up your home? Yes, vinegar has the potential to remove bad odor from your carpets and upholstery. Add a single tablespoon of white vinegar into a spray bottle, add one teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water and shake vigorously to mix.Bottom LineThe usefulness and merits of using vinegar in cleaning stains and removing odor are indisputable. Carpet cleaning with vinegar is a great choice for those who want to limit chemical cleaners in the home. You can clean carpets with vinegar by spot cleaning or steam cleaning.