Carpets have a tendency to trap dust and dirt, as well as hold onto stains, thus making them difficult and tedious to maintain. When it comes to other types of flooring, such as tiles and hardwood floors, we are made to believe that we need various different (and expensive) cleaning products and chemicals in order to keep them in tip top shape. The truth is that carpet and flooring maintenance doesn’t have to be the challenging task that you expect it to be – nor should you need to put your health and the environment at risk by utilising harmful chemicals in order to achieve the results that you desire. Here are our best green cleaning tips and alternatives to keep in mind going forward.
Clean with Vinegar, Baking Soda and Salt
Say goodbye to intense carpet cleaners containing perchloroethylene, a chemical that can cause dizziness, nausea and fatigue, and hello to your own homemade vinegar, baking soda and salt mix. Place 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a generous sprinkling of salt into a spray bottle and fill with 2 cups of hot water. Shake well and spray all over the carpet before cleaning as usual.
Deodorise with Essential Oils
If the carpet is relatively clean, but still slightly stinky, you can make a handy deodorising powder to solve the problem naturally. Simply pour a half a cup of baking soda into a bowl and add about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. Mix well before sprinkling generously all over the carpet, leaving to sit for an hour, and then vacuuming it all up.
Get Rid of Scratches on Hardwood Floors with Crayon
Who says that you need a heavily fragranced polish to get rid of scratches on your hardwood flooring? Simply grab a crayon that closely matches the colour of the floor and rub it over the scratches so that it fills the gaps. Next, grab a hairdryer and aim it at the affected area until the crayon begins to soften. Finally, take a soft cloth and buff until the scratches have disappeared.
Give Green Cleaning Products a Try
While it can be fun to make your own homemade concoctions, the simplest way in which to keep your carpets and floors clean the natural way is to invest in green cleaning products, like the ones found in the Delphis Eco range. These products have been designed not only to care for the delicate fibres of your carpets and the sensitive surfaces of your floors, they have also been designed to be kind to the environment and good to your health. Plus, they’ll be sure to save you plenty of time in the long run! We recommend our Multi-Purpose Cleaner (which is perfect for use on wool and stain resistant nylon carpets and rugs) and our Floor Maintainer (100% EU Ecolabel accredited and ideal for mopping, spray cleaning and mechanical cleaning on all sealed floors).
For more information about the Delphis Eco green cleaning products for carpets and floors, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team!