Asked on Feb 4, 2020

How can I thoroughly clean a carpet?

Cynthia HDeb KCarrie @ Curly Crafty Mom


11 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on Feb 4, 2020

    I like the Rug Doctor system, available in lots of grocery stores and diy stores. I saves me from buying and storing my own shampooer.

  • Scarlet Paolicchi
    on Feb 4, 2020

    The rug doctor is great as suggested above if the whole things just needs a good deep clean.

    For spot cleaning you can try this

  • Scarlet Paolicchi
    on Feb 4, 2020

    For just refreshing the smell, try this

  • Scarlet Paolicchi
    on Feb 4, 2020

    Also, great for killing germs and deep cleaning is a steam cleaner if you could borrow one.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Feb 4, 2020

    First, make sure you have vacuumed until you are sure you have picked up as much dirt as possible. Next, use a carpet cleaning machine. Renting one is one option, another is purchasing (if you think you will need it multiple times). I purchased one for under $100 and it came with a cleaning solution. Once I used all of that, I began to use vinegar and hot water to clean with a dash of blue Dawn. It works wonders and the smell fades in a couple of hours.

  • Sharon
    on Feb 5, 2020

    I do my disabled clients carpets for them, and they all swear I do a better job than steam vac.

    I pre-treat all the spots with Dollar Tree Awesome Carpet spray. I swear by my Hoover SteamVac Surge Plus carpet and upholstry cleaning machine. I use Zep Professional Carpet Cleaning solution in the reservoir (red gallon). If you have pet stains and accidents, I use the cleaning tablets from either Jackson Galaxy or Fission, that I put in the water reservoir with warm water to get rid of the stains and odors.

    When running a carpet cleaner, its best to not get the carpet too wet, best to run a sudsing run, then several passes to remove any water and dirty cleaning solution. After cleaning if there are still areas that didn't come clean, I use the Awesome Foam Carpet Cleaner from the Dollar Tree on the stains and high traffic areas that didn't come clean, I use a carpet brush on a long wooden handle to scrub it in. Then run the carpet cleaner over it to suck up the foam and dirt.

    I then put fans on the floor to dry it out faster. Even the apartment manager has complimented me on my ability to get those old carpets looking fresh again.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Feb 6, 2020

    If you don't already have a carpet shampooer, you can rent one from Walmart or most grocery stores. These are AMAZING to clean carpets or even a microfiber couch with! I would spray trouble areas with a stain remover and let it sit for a bit. Then fill the carpet shampooer with solution and water and get to work!

  • Deb K
    on Feb 8, 2020

    Hi Sharon, hope this helps you out, also remember once the carpet dries to put a coat of scotchguard over it to protect from future spills

  • Cynthia H
    on Feb 11, 2020

    If you do buy one (mine is a Bissell and I love it) make sure it has an upholstery attachment. I use that on stubborn spots, edges of the carpet, to lift pressed in spots on the carpet, mattress cleaning and upholstered furniture. I stick with good brands since a professional carpet cleaner told me using dish detergent in a DIY mixture actually attracts dirt. Read the label and go with the least chemicals you can. I do spot clean with white vinegar and baking soda, blotting as I go, and following up with a good cleaning with the rug cleaning machine. Always vacuum your carpet in both directions first, especially if you have pets. Good luck!

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