How do you clean a car carpet? Do you need expensive tools or cleaners available on the market today? But do you know that there are affordable commercial-grade carpet cleaners that are easy on the budget and they are ready to use?
Why do vehicles need carpets?
We all know that one of the dirtiest spots in a car is the carpet. Most car interior floor coverings are molded carpeting designed to fit perfectly to the floor pans of the vehicle so that there are no loose-fittings.
A car’s floor is bare metal so passengers need something smooth in-between their feet and the flooring. A carpeted floor pan offers a lot more convenience for car owners. Here are some of the reasons why cars have carpets:
To collect mud, water, pebbles, and other gunk from the passengers’ soles.
As a sound barrier against the noise of the engine.
It keeps the car interior cool when the A/C is on and warm when the heater is running.
A defensive mechanism against metal aging.
The carpet prolongs the life of the car’s metal flooring.
Minimizes outside noises.
But to keep the carpet from deteriorating easily, most car owners used floor mats on top of the carpet. These floor mats are detachable and easy to clean than the molded carpeting.
Why need to clean the car carpet regularly?
The car carpet is an excellent harboring place for dirt and grime that comes from the sole of our shoes. And more often than not, the carpet catches all the spills from coffee, milk, and other beverages that you bring inside your car. These spills will create stains that are difficult to clean when not attended to earlier.
3 hacking tips to keep your carpet clean
1. Avoid bringing drinks/food inside the car
As much as possible, don’t eat or drink inside the car, especially when it is running. These items have the best chance of staining the carpet, while solid food crumbs might be stacked in the small crevices of the carpet.
2. Be updated with your car’s maintenance
It is better that you keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule so you won’t end up having mechanical troubles. These mechanical problems may trigger dust build-up inside the car or unwanted odors.
3. Clean mats regularly
The people riding your car (including you) gets the carpet and the floor mat really dirty and muddy from their shoes. So, always take out the mats regularly and shake them out hard to minimize the buildup of dust and debris.
A homemade car carpet cleaner recipe
You can use homemade car carpet cleaner if you don’t have commercial cleaners at hand when suddenly your car’s carpet got stained. We have here a ‘recipe’ for a DIY spot carpet/floor mat cleaner which is kids-, pet-, and environmentally-friendly so you don’t worry about their health.
Let follow 5 steps below:
Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap and 1 tablespoon white vinegar (any brand will do) in a spray bottle. If you want some aromatic essential oils to enhance the fragrance, you can add a small amount.
Then, add about 2 cups of warm water and shake the mixture well.
Get some baking soda and sprinkle it to the stained carpet. Let the baking soda sits overnight.
After the baking soda has sat well with the carpet, spray it with your prepared mixture in large or generous amounts. Let it soak for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, get a clean and dry rag and rub the mixture over the stain until it vanished. Then, let the carpet dry.
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A homemade car carpet cleaner recipe is a practical solution to an immediate need when you don’t have commercial-grade carpet cleaner available at hand. One of the good things in making your own carpet cleaner is the assurance that you use environment-friendly ingredients that you can find in your kitchen.
But if you don’t have enough time to make this stuff, there is always an available carpet cleaner on online stores. The product could be at your doorstep in a day or two.