“Going green” has become more popular in recent years that environmentally friendly versions of just about everything have become emerging trends. Whether it is in the use of eco-friendly energy, recycling, reducing waste, the use of eco-friendly soaps and detergents, every person seeks to contribute in his or her small way.
In the world of carpets and carpet cleaning, there is the increasing use of eco-friendly carpet cleaning solutions, eco-friendly carpet cleaning methods, as well as the growing popularity of carpets made from natural, plant-based fibers.
Carpets made from natural and plant-based fibers do present one unique challenge for carpet cleaners, though. That is, how to effectively clean carpets made from these materials, where the carpet is given a deep and thorough clean, but without adversely affecting the natural materials from which it is made.
Some of the most popular natural materials used to make these carpets include wool and plant-based fibers that come from jute, sisal, and seagrass. There are even carpets made from recycled materials.
Cleaning these types of carpets is not the same as cleaning the regular modern carpet we have now. There are several difficulties: these materials are quite absorbent so using excessive water or liquid is not recommended because they will only serve to increase the volume of the fiber. And oxidizing agents may not have a good effect on the fibers, making cellulosic fibers hard and brittle.
So how do you maintain these types of carpets? Occasional professional treatment is necessary, but the homeowner will also need to do his or her part by providing regular maintenance. Most of the regular maintenance needs are mainly centered around the effective removal of stains.
In general, all that is needed to treat stains in carpets with sustainable fibers is a mild cleaning agent, where the pH level is close to neutral. A solution made from white vinegar and water, for instance, or club soda, can be used for spot treatment of stains, and all the homeowner needs to do is blot out the stain. But this is something you should not do unless you are completely sure that the carpet could handle it. The reason is that aggressive blotting may drive the stain deeper into some carpet fibers, and professional services may be needed to restore the carpet after such aggressive cleaning.
The good news is that most carpets made from sustainable fiber are often hardy enough that they can hold up well even under constant traffic, and professional treatment services need not often be scheduled. Once a year to once every other year may be enough.