What can I use to clean dusty carpet areas along the baseboards?

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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 08, 2012
    I use my upholstery brush on my vac....though I have to admit i'm a bit behind schedule...some of those dust bunnies are having kids.

  • Jeannie S Jeannie S on Mar 08, 2012
    This dirty job is going to need more than a vacuum.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 08, 2012
    Some carpet cleaning rental places have special hand held "edge" tools. This is the next line of attack.

  • Judy V Judy V on Mar 08, 2012
    I use a broom then vac.

  • EXOVATIONS EXOVATIONS on Mar 08, 2012
    Kudzu posted a "big deal" this week to get carpets cleaned for $49! You might want to check and see if they still have that. It was for 5 rooms and 2 hallways! :) Candice, EXOVATIONS

  • Jeannie S Jeannie S on Mar 08, 2012
    Thanks everyone. I'll probably try all the above.

  • JP S JP S on Mar 09, 2012
    I use the crevice tool on my vacuum,I have to go over it several times,also my carpet cleaner has little brushes on the side. I just cleaned the carpet in my basement,it is a light color and was dirty-worked great.Good luck!!

  • More than likely that dark line around your baseboards results from an imbalance in the number of returns for your hvac system. The system is drawing air around the gaps under the baseboard...and the dust with it. You may want to have a local hvac company check that for you on their next service call.

  • Tracy W Tracy W on Mar 09, 2012
    I use a good old fashioned whisk broom and then a vacuum brush. Then I brush the carpet with a wet towel to get any remaining dirt up and simply throw the towel in the wash. Good luck!

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Mar 09, 2012
    @Handy Andy...I have a vent in a bedroom, my carpet is apricot color..and around the vent the carpet is black...do you think what you said applies here?

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 10, 2012
    Bernice...your dirt seems to fit in with Handy's statement about air flow...When was the last time you checked / swapped out your HVAC filters?

  • Tami Mishel L Tami Mishel L on Mar 24, 2012
    Tooth brush and carpet cleaner!

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Mar 25, 2012
    @KMS and HAndy...sorry it took so long for this reply, off on vacation. I change the filter almost every month...this is in a bedroom hardly ever used. Even the professional carpet cleaners couldnt get it out.

  • Annie H Annie H on Mar 26, 2012
    time consuming, but it works - use a toothbrush to loosen the dirt and then you can just vacuum up, works for me!

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Mar 27, 2012
    Ouch, I am sure a toothbrush would work well, but how about a hard bristle broom? No bending.... or a Whisk broom? Do they even make them anymore? Why do they call them a whisk broom? Am I full of questions today or what?

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Mar 28, 2012
    Bernice Whisk....it seems to have middle English origin from the mid 1300's http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/whisk