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Do-It-Yourself Non-Toxic Carpet Cleaning Solutions for Chicago Homeowners


    Lemon Carpet Cleaning

    Heavy duty commercial carpet cleaning solvents may get the job done, but most of them leave sickening air pollutants. Some of these solvents are so powerful that they even burn your carpet and break down the fibers, decreasing your carpet’s longevity. At ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons, we do our best to provide green cleaning options in Chicago, IL to keep your carpets and the environment safe.

    We choose carpet cleaning products that are as green as possible, but you can also try these DIY home substitutions for the often-expensive natural cleaning detergents. Here’s what each ingredient can be used for:

    Baking soda is a magical powder that can be used for much more than baking. As far as cleaning possibilities go, baking soda can be used to deodorize, scrub and scour, soften water solutions, and absorb stains out of fabrics.

    Lemon is a natural deodorizer that smells great. That’s why so many commercial cleaning solvents try to mimic that lemony fresh scent, but nothing can beat real lemons. Even better, lemons are one of the strongest food-acids, and they work great as a sanitizer effective against most household bacteria.

    Borax works just as well as baking soda to clean, deodorize, and soften water. It’s also a disinfectant because of its high-alkaline pH. As a disinfectant, it’s much gentler on your carpets than other disinfectant cleaning solutions.

    White vinegar is one of the most effective deodorizers. It may smell pretty strong when you apply it, but white vinegar will dry completely scentless. It also cuts through grease, stains, and wax-buildups.

    Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is an extremely effective disinfectant that kills all bacteria it comes into contact with. It’s toxic for humans to consume, though, and breathing in alcohol fumes for an extended period of time isn’t a great idea, so use sparingly.

    Cornstarch often gets overlooked in the cleaning spectrum, but it’s actually quite effective in removing grease and stains, polishing furniture, and can be used to shampoo your carpets.

    When faced with a carpet cleaning task that goes far and beyond a simple DIY chore, or it’s just time to thoroughly clean and sanitize your carpeting, give ServiceMaster Cleaning by Simons a call! We can help with any of your carpet cleaning needs with green cleaning solutions in Chicago, IL.

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    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

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      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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