You must have bought a new carpet to give your home an elegant look and a royal feeling. Despite the recent rise in popularity of hardwood floors and surfaces, carpets have a style to themselves. Different rugs have different styles and can give your room a cosy, luxurious, casual or elegant look.
However, with great power comes great responsibility, and somehow, the same applies to carpets. Carpets provide you warmth and comfort but also need regular care, and having a clean carpet provides satisfaction like none other. Regularly vacuuming and steaming your carpets is recommended, but to provide extra care to the maintenance of your carpet, baking soda is the perfect solution for you.
Baking Soda aka Sodium Bicarbonate which is naturally alkaline or basic. It has many uses and is famous for its ability to clean surfaces. The ability to combine with acid and water to give out carbon dioxide makes it effective in cleaning your carpets, and it helps remove stains. You can use baking soda to naturally deodorise your carpet and give it a fresh look.
Can Baking Soda Damage Your Carpet?
Baking soda won’t cause any damage to your carpet but may damage the floor underneath or the underlay of the carpet. Baking soda may even force itself into the fabrics of your carpet, and it will become difficult for you to take out each one of them using a vacuum cleaner. Baking soda particles often adhere to the surface of your carpet’s fibres.
You should not be much concerned about this issue since baking soda particles don’t affect humans or pets. So it shouldn’t be much of a problem if you can’t take out every particle of baking soda from your carpet.
How to use Baking Soda as a Carpet Cleaner
Before you can begin with carpet cleaning by using baking soda, you should know about some essential points related to baking soda. You can leave baking soda on your carpet for up to 24 hours, depending on the dirtiness of your carpet.
The use of baking soda won’t decolour your carpet, rather makes it look fresher and more vibrant than before. However, if you are looking to get rid of bacteria from your carpets, using baking soda won’t be suitable. You should instead go for steaming of your carpets or some cleaning product.
You can use baking soda for two purposes, the first one is removing tough stains from your carpet, and the second one is for eliminating bad smells.
The removal of stains from your carpet while using baking soda is an easy process but has different approaches for cleaning depending on the type of stain, i.e. greasy or non-greasy.
For Greasy Stains:
- Vacuum: Start the process by vacuuming the carpet and remove any debris or dirt particles present on it. The better you vacuum, the more are the chances to go away easily.
- Blot: The next step is to blot up/ soak up as much grease as possible. To do this, you can use a wet cloth or a rag or a paper towel and then soak up as much grease from the carpet as you can. But you should make sure that you don’t rub the grease or it may cause stains on the carpet.
- Sprinkle: The next step is to put some baking soda on the stain and make sure that the stain is completely covered.
- Brush: Next, use a soft brush to gently rub the fibres and try to get the baking soda inside the fibres so that the cleaning process is much more effective. If you don’t want to vacuum baking soda from your carpet afterwards, you should skip this step.
- Allow it to Sit: You should let the baking soda sit on the stain for eight hours or leave it overnight. The time for which you should keep baking soda depends on the amount of stain on your carpet. The longer you let it sit, the more grease it will absorb.
- Vacuum: After letting the baking soda sit for eight hours or overnight, you should vacuum the area and see if the stain goes away. If the stain is not completely off, you should use dish soap and blot the area to remove the stain. Then, you can take some water and a clean towel and remove the soapy residue.
You should continue blotting the area but be careful not to scrub the area as it can spread the stain.
After doing this, you should dry the area until it is damp. Now, sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit for three hours and then vacuum the area.
Now you will have a clean and fresh smelling carpet, and there is no stain present.
For Non-Greasy Stains:
- Vacuum: The first step is always to vacuum and eliminate any dirt or debris present on your carpet.
- Sprinkle: Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the stain. You should cover the stained area of your carpet.
- Spritz: Now, take some hot water and spritz on the stained area until it becomes slightly damp.
- Let it Sit: Let the baking soda sit on the stain overnight.
- Vacuum: In the morning, vacuum the area, and the stain should be gone.
You can also use the above methods to remove foul odour from your carpet by sprinkling baking soda over the entire carpet and following similar steps as you did while removing stains. You can also use baking soda to remove urine stains left behind by your pets.
Baking Soda is the perfect cleaning solution for your carpets, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on commercially sold cleaning products. Baking Soda can remove stains, absorb liquids and naturally deodorise your carpets.
While vacuuming Baking Soda from your carpet, you should make sure that it has the right filter since many vacuum cleaners cannot keep the fine particles of baking soda from reaching their motors. This will end up ruining your vacuum cleaner. You should read the instructions given by the manufacturer about fine particles to prevent any damage to your machine.