Best way to clean the carpet against baseboard??

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I have kept my off white carpet spotless and clean (cats and all) in several rooms of our house. However, we are downsizing, so I want it perfect. There is at least an 1/4" of soil (black) my machine would not reach. Driving me crazy. Has anyone used OxyClean, Ajax soap, Window cleaner, and rubbing alcohol ( small amts. -tbs,) mixed then with hot water and then spray/scrub/suck up water, then repeat until clean?????? Other success mixtures or techniques you can share???? Thanks, Cindy


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  • My carpet shampoo machine does the same thing. I scrub mine by hand using carpet shampoo and a rubber brush. Then dry with a towel.

    • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 30, 2020

      Thank you. Have several rooms, and many wonderful responses, so it is a win/win! Much appreciated. Cindy

  • Dee Dee on Aug 25, 2020

    I scrubbed mine with a brush. But I made the mistake o fusing all of the above on my carpet. And guess what it got down to the pad and now the pad will not dry. I am going to have to replace my carpet in 2 rooms. Be careful and let everything dry thoroughly before cleaning a second or third time


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    • Dee Dee on Aug 30, 2020

      Yes that is exactly what to do. Make sure not to get the pad too wet with the carpet cleaner. I cleaned with Hot water, and sucked it up. Used a fan but the pad never dried. What a mess.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Aug 25, 2020

    I know exactly what you mean. Carpet cleaners need the same skinny attachments as vacuum cleaners. I just scrub mine with a handbrush and some dawn soap and water mixed in a little bucket.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Aug 25, 2020

    "Elbow grease" is the best cleaner. You've got this!

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    • Nan W. Nan W. on Aug 30, 2020

      Get well soon!!!

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 25, 2020

    What worked for me, was brushing as much hair as possible around the baseboards out of the carpet. A damp microfiber cloth is amazing. Then, after vacuuming all that up, I used the upholstery attachment for my rinse and vac and it was clean again! This held true on my very light rugs and a gray rug. I had no idea how much crap clung to that space! Good luck and stay safe!

    • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 30, 2020

      Thanks, Cynthia. Sort of my plan, though your additional of the damp microfiber will be in my bag of tricks.

  • William William on Aug 26, 2020

    Don't mix any chemicals they may react with each other and create harmful fumes. Best solution is carpet cleaner and a scrub brush. You can even try some foaming carpet cleaner.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Aug 26, 2020

    A brush would work well as the others have posted. Another option would be a high quality Dust Buster. I bought one that was over $100 and it has lots of power (suction). It also has a foldout brush. I use it not only on the carpet next to the baseboards, but also for the tops of them as ours are flat and tend to collect dust.

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    • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 31, 2020

      I get it. When I bought my first home @ 24, would buy nothing but black and decker. My Dad I had the best collection of garden tools (better than his) he had ever seen. Be well.

  • Maura White Maura White on Aug 26, 2020

    I would just try oxiclean alone! That stuff took out red wine out of a white sweater!

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 26, 2020

    I have carpeting that also gets dirty against the baseboard - the dust or dirt accumulates there and the vacuum doesn't reach it. I am often able to get the dirt up just by rubbing it with a damp paper towel, or with a damp paper towel with a little bit of soap on it.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 26, 2020

    I think running the upholstery brush up against the baseboards regularly would be a good way to keep that area clean, too.

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    • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 31, 2020

      Funny girl. Actually, I got a job @ 13, cleaning for the woman I babysat for. I always go barefoot, so I can tell when my wood floors need me. BTW- The oxyclean recommended on this site was the answer. Finished office, then went to living room @ 12:00 midnight. Guess I am hooked. Be well.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 28, 2020

    Yes I would hand scrub then suck up dirt

  • Can you use a small attachment on a steamer? That's usually what I use to get the tough spots. No chemicals...

  • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 30, 2020

    Unfortunately, I have only an upright wood steamer and a regular carpet clearner with several attachements. So, are you saying you use no form of cleaning agent, but just a steamer?

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