If your home has carpeting – plus children or pets – you need to know how to clean your carpets thoroughly without using a steam cleaner. Because, let’s face it, mud and fruit juice are not a good combination, especially if you want your floors to be clean.
But the tips to deep clean carpet stains are not necessarily known to everyone. That’s why we asked the experts to answer a very important question that people often have: how can you clean your carpet in the best
How can I thoroughly clean a carpet without a steam cleaner?
Cleaning products should include: baking soda or dishwashing soap (you can also use the same product used in steam cleaners).
Tools needed: An old toothbrush, a brush, a clean cloth or towel and a bucket.
Here are the steps to follow to clean your carpet without a steam cleaner :
- Prepare a bucket of hot water and your favorite cleaning tool.
- Vacuum the entire area you want to clean to get rid of dirt and dust.
- If using baking soda, sprinkle the stain until it is completely covered. If you use dish soap, measure the size of the stain and use one tablespoon for every 6 to 8 cm of stain.
- Rotate the stain until you see bubbles.
- Using an old brush, toothbrush, cloth or towel, gently scrub the stain with warm water.
- Do not soak the floor completely, but wet it just wet enough to remove the dirt/stain.
- Turn on the fans or open nearby windows to allow the carpet to air dry. Once dry, vacuum again.
How to deep clean your carpet without a machine, second tip
Buying or renting a machine to steam clean your carpet is not the only way to remove stubborn stains. If you have messes to clean, but don’t want to run to the store to find a steam cleaner, you can certainly deep clean your carpet without a machine. The good news is that if you have a vacuum cleaner, you can get the job done. You’ll need two tools: a hard bristle scrubbing brush (the bigger one you have – rubber works best) and a spray bottle.
You will also need the following:
– A mixture of water and detergent – Some table salt (sea salt – all good!) – Some baking soda – Some old rags or terrycloth towels (using an old shirt you wanted to get rid of also works). Here’s how to clean your carpet thoroughly yourself :
- Start by mixing a tiny bit of soap (1/8 teaspoon, although you can only see a small amount) with the water in the spray bottle. Don’t shake it too much, but let it mix.
- Sprinkle the area you want to clean thoroughly with baking soda and table salt; it is not necessary to cover it completely.
- Lightly spray the soapy water mixture on the same area. Let stand for a few minutes.
- Brush the carpet in one direction with your brush. This will accumulate hair and debris that you can pick up easily.
- If hair or dirt remains, move 90 degrees from the original direction and start over.
- Press the towels into the carpet, leaving them saturated with water.
- Once the area is almost completely dry, empty the soapy mixture from your spray bottle, fill it with tap water and spray the carpet lightly once more.
- Press the cloth napkins back into the carpet. This technique is best for cleaning stains, but if you have a large enough brush, it is easy to clean an entire room.
This method is completely safe for children and pets. Also, instead of smell of the detergents (as you do when using a carpet cleaner), the carpets will not smell at all!
How to deep clean a carpet with snow
Yes, cleaning with snow is an option during the winter months. It turns out that the icy white precipitation that is the bane of our existence in February is actually one of nature’s best cleaners.
This cleaner works best on small handmade or antique wool carpets, but you can also clean larger, heavier carpets if you have a few helping hands. For best results, use dry, powdery snow.
Here’s how to deep clean a carpet with snow in five easy steps:
- Take out your carpet and shake it to release as much dirt as possible. Let it rest for about 30 minutes to acclimatize to a lower temperature.
- Stack three to five cm of snow on the mat, using a broom to distribute the snow evenly.
- Beat the snow-covered carpet with the flat side of the broom. The ammonia in the snow reacts with the cold air, solidifying the dirt hidden at the bottom of the mat.
- Let the snow rest on the mat for 15 to 20 minutes. Then turn the mat over and repeat steps 1 to 3 with the other side. Remove as much snow as possible before hanging the mat for 2 to 3 hours. The snow will eventually evaporate without leaving the mat wet.
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