Hydrogen Peroxide is an amazing and versatile cleaner. Its many uses range from cleaning and disinfecting cuts and scrapes to cleaning exterior wood decks to cleaning carpets.
Hydrogen Peroxide also goes by the name “Color Safe Bleach” or “Oxy—-“and has gained in popularity recently partly due to the rise of GREEN Cleaning. As a professional carpet cleaner I have met people who are allergic or have chemical sensitivities to every kind of cleaner on the market except alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide.
For these customers we actually use a powdered version of Hydrogen Peroxide formulated specifically for carpets to both pre-spray and rinse the carpets. The same customers have told me they buy it in bulk and use it for cleaning everything it the house.
Is Hydrogen Peroxide safe to use on carpets?
In most cases Yes, however always pre test in an inconspicuous spot like a closet and do not use on wool. The 3% solution you buy at the store is very safe, but still capable of removing all types of organic stains including Pet Urine, Blood, and Vomit(depending on whats in it). Not only will it remove pet urine stains, but it will also help remove the odor.
We use stronger dilution every day on customers carpet to pre-treat specific spots like pet urine and as a post treatment/ last resort stain remover on mystery stains. Because it works until it dries you don’t want to rinse it out too soon and on really bad stains you can reapply it or even cover it with a piece of plastic to slow the drying time and keep it working longer.
How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Carpet Stains
- Buy a bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide from the drug store (old solutions do lose potency)
- Pre test the on an inconspicuous are of your carpet
- Apply a little hydrogen peroxide to your carpet stain, urine, blood, or other organic stain and keep an eye on it
- If the stain is removed you may choose to rinse out the product using a little water to neutralize it and a wet vac or if you don’t have a wet vac a little water and a white towel to blot it up
- If the stain is not removed after the product is dry, and the stain has lightened up then re apply and repeat until the stain is gone or no longer lightens in color.
Clean Carpets with Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
You will need some 3% hydrogen peroxide, ordinary dishwashing detergent and normal baking soda to make a wonderfully efficient homemade carpet cleaning solution.
If your pet has just had an accident on your rug, don’t rush towards your local carpet cleaning company just yet. You can use these ingredients to successfully remove the stain as well as that unpleasant urine odour as well.
First of all, as with all sorts of spills, you need to soak up all of the liquid as possible. I have found that the best way to do that is by placing a clean rug or some paper towels on top of the stained area and press it with something heavy. Repeat this step until there is hardly any transfer of the spilled liquid or urine left on the towels.
Then, sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain. Baking soda is a very efficient and safe odour-removing product. Let it sit for a while, and meanwhile, mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of your dishwashing detergent. Then pour the mixture slowly on top of the baking soda and the stain. Use a cloth to gently apply the solution into the fibres of your carpet. Don’t rub it, though, so that you don’t damage the carpet or increase the diameter of the stain!
Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes, and after that vacuum it thoroughly. You can dry it up with a hairdryer to see if the effect is satisfactory. If necessary, repeat the treatment once again.
If you find that after a while, your rug is still smelly, sprinkle it generously with baking soda and let it sit overnight. The baking soda will absorb the smell, so in the morning, after you vacuum the rug thoroughly, the smell will be gone.
3% hydrogen peroxide can also be used for steam cleaning or washing the carpet. You can make your own homemade cleaning solution to add to the tank of your carpet steam cleaner. All you need is some liquid soap, the 3% hydrogen peroxide and hot water. Then, proceed to steam clean the carpet as you would with any cleaning solution. The result will be great, and your home will be free of any harmful toxins which many of the chemical-based cleaning detergents tend to emit.
What is the best homemade carpet cleaning solution?
Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.
Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover.
Place these solutions (except the solvent) in spray bottles and mist them lightly onto the stain.
Detergent solution: Mix one teaspoon of translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into 1 cup of lukewarm water.
Vinegar solution: Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water.
Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
Solvent solution: Same as for synthetic carpets (see above).
Cleaning stains from carpets can be done safely and effectively using natural ingredients. Many homeowners opt to use natural carpet cleaning products due to environmental concerns, allergies, cost, and child safety. Natural carpet cleaning ingredients are capable of removing a variety of stains and odors. Fortunately, natural products can be purchased at most grocery stores for a fraction of the price of chemical cleaners. The following steps will explain how to clean carpet stains naturally.
1. Treat light stains. Fill a squirt bottle with one part vinegar and one part water. Spray the mixture directly on the stained portion of the carpet. Let mixture set for 10 minutes. Use a soft nylon brush to gently brush the stain from the carpet. Use a towel dampened with water to gently wipe up the remaining mixture. Blot dry with a clean cloth.
2. Remove heavy stains. Combine 1/2-cup borax, 1/2-cup salt, and 1/2-cup vinegar in a medium size bowl. Stir mixture until it becomes a paste. Apply a generous amount of the mixture to the stain. Gently work the paste into the stained area until it is saturated. Allow to set for 2 hours. Vacuum the dried mixture from the carpet. Use a dampened cloth to remove any leftover residue, and blot dry.
3. Remove fresh stains. Pour a generous amount of club soda directly on the stain. Use a dry cloth to gently blot the area. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until the stain is completely removed. Finish by blotting the area with a clean dry cloth until it is dry to the touch.
4. Clean up pet urine stains. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to soak up the urine as much as possible. Combine 1 1/2-qt warm water with 1-cup vinegar in a medium tub. Use a sponge to apply mixture to the stained area. Rub the mixture into the carpet, and rinse sponge between applications. Use a dry cloth to blot away any remaining moisture. When carpet is completely dry, sprinkle baking soda on the area where the stain was located. Leave on for 20 minutes. Vacuum the area thoroughly. The mixture of vinegar and baking soda will kill bacteria and eliminate the urine odor.
5. Remove grease stains. Place an absorbent towel on top of the grease stain to absorb excess moisture. Do not press the towel into the carpet. Doing so will embed the grease stain further into the carpet. Remove the towel. Pour a generous amount of corn starch on the stain. Allow to set for 24 hours. Vacuum up the remaining corn starch. Use a soft nylon brush to remove any remaining debris from the carpet fibers.