DIY Upholstery Cleaning

As much as you love your dogs and cats, they aren’t always the cleanest animals. This is especially true if you adopt them from the pound. It’s a nice feeling to save the life of an animal, but you don’t want Fido bringing home fleas. There are many products on the market that claim to get rid of fleas. Unfortunately, many aren’t strong enough to effectively kill an infestation. There is a homemade concoction using only a few ingredients that is guaranteed to keep your home flea free.

Ingredients:

  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • A few drops of lavender and thyme essential oil (optional)

Combine all your ingredients in the mixing bowl and use a whisk to properly blend them together. The drops of essential oil are to leave your upholstery smelling good. Of course the fragrance is optional, but if you’re cleaning the house anyway, you may as well make it smell good.

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, sprinkle a dash on all your mattresses, dog beds, couches, chairs and throw rugs. Let the mixture sit on the surfaces for about an hour, then vacuum thoroughly. It will kill fleas, freshen up you home and even eliminate dust mites.

If you have a large infestation that is taking over your home, use only the Borax and sprinkle it everywhere. Place Borax on your carpet, curtains, cages and corners. Essentially, it should go anywhere your dog or cat has been.

The chemicals are extremely effective in killing fleas because they dehydrate the critters by creating cuts in their exoskeleton. As effective as Borax is, it doesn’t prevent eggs from hatching. You will have to cover your home in the chemicals multiple times to kill all of them.

In large infestation cases, allow the Borax to sit for about 12 hours before vacuuming up. As soon as you see any signs of more fleas, immediately sprinkle more Borax. You can’t risk more eggs being layed in your home.

Be Forewarned:

Remember Borax has chemicals in it, so there are risks to this cleaning method. Fortunately, Borax is much safer than other cleaning products so there is a bit less to worry about.

Don’t use if you are pregnant. There is no direct studies claiming that it is bad for pregnancy, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Either lock your animals up or take them outside of your home. The Borax powder can cause potentially fatal problems for small kittens and puppies. You should also get your kids out of the house.

This one may be kind of obvious, but keep it away from food. Borax has chemicals in it that could kill you if ingested.

Make sure that all your upholstery is dry before using Borax on it. If there is even a little dampness, the Borax can ruin the material and cause discoloration.

The most important thing to make note of: Do not put it directly on your pets. If your pets have fleas, take them to the vet to get treated. This cleaning method is for upholstery only.

Even after the fleas are gone, it is recommended that you sprinkle your home with the Borax mixture once every few months. It will keep your home fresh and even kills other insects such as ants and bed bugs.

If the Borax is not working, you may have to seek professional help. The Orlando carpet cleaners at Perfect Pear follow an intense five step cleaning process to ensure your furniture is sufficiently clean. For more information about Orlando upholstery cleaning, contact 407.688.2121.

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