Borax – the salt of boric acid, has been used ever since the 19th century to clean all kinds of household items and as a whitening product. Today, there are still some borax substitutes which can be purchased which are still as efficient for cleaning, laundering and for stain removal and carpet cleaning as well. It is a natural deodoriser and can get rid of the unpleasant odours which your carpet emits.
Borax is great for treating fresh spills and avoiding permanent staining on your carpet. The trick is to act as quickly as possible after an accidental spill occurs on your rug or carpet.
Always blot as much of the spilled liquid off as you can. Use dabbing motions with a dry clean cloth and keep doing it until no further transfer occurs from the carpet to the cleaning rag or cloth.
After that, use ice water to spray the affected area on the carpet. Then, sprinkle the soiled area with borax and cover the spot with a damp cloth soaked in cold water. You can help ensure that the borax gets deep into the fibres of the soiled carpet by gently pressing the wet cloth with a spoon or other tool.
Then, take off the wet rag and dab the soiled area with a clean and dry one. Do that until the cloth has no more residues from the spilled liquid or solid on it. After that, rinse off the area by spraying it with cold water and dabbing and blotting it off as much as you can. Cover the treated area with paper towels and press them or step on them. Repeat until you have extracted as much of the water as possible out of the carpet. Then let the carpet dry or speed up the process by using a hairdryer or fan. When it is finally dry, vacuum the spot. You should be left with a perfectly clean and unsoiled carpet if you follow these steps.
Another stain removal trick using borax is to make a paste of borax and water and gently rub into the soiled area and let it sit and dry off completely. After that vacuum, the area, and the stain will be gone. You can repeat the procedure for stubborn stains.
For especially persistent stains, try mixing ¼ cup of table salt, ¼ cup of borax and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Apply this mixture to the stained area and gently rub it in with a clean cloth. Let it dry and then vacuum the treated area.
For odour removal from a stain or from the entire carpet, sprinkle it if even amounts of baking soda and borax and let it sit for a while, preferably overnight. After that thorough vacuum cleaning the carpet and the unpleasant smell will be gone.
Borax is also quite efficient for overall carpet cleaning and freshening when used with a home steam cleaner. You can replace the regular cleaning detergent with a gallon of vinegar and a cup of borax and add the hot water to the tank of the cleaner, and you will have a safe and green carpet cleaning solution.