Everyone knows baking soda is an old-time multifunctional cleaning agent, but baking soda is not as friendly on carpet as you might think.
There are few issues you need to know before using backing soda to clean your carpet. You’ll be glad you read this blog.
Baking soda is a mineral
What is baking soda? Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, and it comes from a mineral called nahcolite.
Using natural baking soda to clean carpet
Baking soda can be chemically treated or be used as it comes from the ground. I prefer the natural kind.
Because pets and children can be in direct contact with the carpet, I recommend you use sodium bicarbonate for your carpet in order to avoid allergic reactions or dry skin due to chemical sensitivities.
Baking soda in its sodium bicarbonate state is perfectly safe and harmless.
Always, mix baking soda and water to clean spills on carpet
Baking soda is good at many things including absorbing excess moisture, which is great for neutralizing odors on carpet.
But if you’re sprinkling baking soda all over the carpet, letting it sit, and then vacuuming it up; you’re not taking advantage of its properties, and you may be making your family sick.
Particles of baking soda are so small that a regular vacuum machine may not be able to suction them effectively, leaving residue behind on your carpet.
The right way to clean carpet is mixing water and baking soda, nothing more.
If you want to use white vinegar instead of baking soda that’s fine.
Don’t need to mix baking soda and vinegar together. They work perfectly on their own.
Baking soda is an emergency carpet cleaner
Be sure you’re using baking soda the right way, and for the right reason.
The right reason to use baking soda on carpet is in case of an emergency, I’m talking about any carpet stains that can cause damage on fibers (spills of food, pet urine, etc.), and odor coming from those stains…
However if your carpet is in any of these conditions below, it’s time to call a professional carpet cleaner:
- Carpet smells and you can’t see any stains.
- Carpet smells and you see more than one old stain.
- You don’t remember when the carpet started to smell.
On the other hand, it would be enough using a little bit of the solution on the affected spot to clean and possibly eliminate the odor, al least until you can get the carpet cleaned professionally.
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