Spot Cleaning with Vinegar
One of the best spot removers for carpet is actually not found in the carpet cleaning section of the local grocery store. It’s not a harsh chemical or flowery smelling powder and it doesn’t come in the typical cleaner packaging of a bottle with a spray nozzle. This wonder cleaner is also much cheaper than your typical carpet spot cleaning treatment.
This wonder cleaner is simple white vinegar. It is a great green cleaning solution that is safe to use around children and pets.
So what makes vinegar so dynamic when it comes to carpet cleaning?
- It’s biodegradable
- No residue left behind
- Safe fumes
- Less expensive
- Works on a large number of stains
All Kleen has a list of spot cleaning treatments for different types of spills on our home remedies page. There are many great tricks on this page for getting your carpet back in shape after accidental spills and mishaps. Many of these solutions use vinegar.
Some of the stains that vinegar is great at cleaning include red wine, almost all liquid based stains, chocolate and more.
Basic Rules for Cleaning with Vinegar
Cleaning carpet with vinegar is a simple process.First blot up as much of the stain as possible with a clean dry white cloth or paper towel. Then create a simple solution of half vinegar and half luke warm water and apply to the stain. Blot from the outside toward the center until the stain is gone. Rinse with water and blot dry with a new clean towel.
It is a good idea to purchase a spray bottle and fill with vinegar solution to have on hand so you can clean stains and spills as soon as they happen. Unlike soap and chemical cleaners, vinegar won’t leave behind residue. Vinegar does have a strong and unpleasant smell but it is not harmful to breathe in and the smell disappears as soon as the vinegar is dry.
Vinegar is a great cleaner for many stains, but it is not an all purpose spot cleaner there are some substances such as ice cream and ink that would be better off with a different cleaning solution.
If you have spots on your carpet that you have no clue what they are or will just not come out it is best to call in a professional carpet cleaner.