How to Clean Carpet without Carpet Cleaner

By Gladys K. Connelly Updated December 20, 2020

Clean your Carpets Without Calling in the Professionals

How to Clean Carpet without Carpet Cleaner

If you have been looking for a way to clean your carpets without hiring the cleaners, I have a couple of tips and tricks to share with you. I picked up these while working as a housekeeping specialist for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

I understand that professional carpet cleaners can be expensive, and they are not the best option for persons who have allergy sufferers (0) at home. They can be tempting, though, with their industrial machinery and their wide range of cleaning chemicals and tools.

Outside of the professional carpet cleaner, your options are using steam and getting your hands dirty.

How can you get your own carpet as clean as a cleaner?

No worries, you can do it with any of the products listed below. You should have some of these items at home already so you can get to cleaning today.

Cleaning Agents Already in Your Home

1.Distilled Vinegar

Now let me just tell you right off the bat. Using vinegar (1) to clean your carpet is going to be a task that requires a lot of patience on your part. The process is very time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it does deliver amazing results when done correctly.

In a spray bottle, mix up three parts of cold water and one part of distilled vinegar. You will use this spray mixture and spray your carpet liberally. Allow the solution to sit on the rug for a couple of minutes; then, with the use of a microfibre cloth, you will now start blotting. Yes, blot, DO NOT scrub as this could cause damage to your carpet.

The downside to this method is that it is not an ideal choice for large carpets.

2.Your Handy Dandy Vacuum Cleaner

With regular vacuuming, your carpet will never get so dirty that it becomes discolored. You see, when you allow dirt to become embedded into your carpet over time, that’s when cleaning them becomes this labor-intensive task that you are tempted to outsource.

The key is not to wait until your carpet is soiled. Instead, create a regular routine of vacuuming. In highly trafficked areas, you may want to ramp up your cleaning schedule.

3.Good Ole Baking Soda

Baking soda (2) is the cleaning agent with the cape if there ever was one. This multipurpose powder is well known for its cleaning and odor neutralizing abilities. No wonder I would recommend it for cleaning your carpets.

Baking soda is great to add to fresh spills the minute they happen. Sprinkle on some baking soda and let it sit for an hour. In most instances, the stain will be completely absorbed into the baking soda, and you won’t have to do any hard work. You can go ahead and vacuum up any powder residue left behind after the time has passed.

Baking soda is also ideal for general carpet cleaning. You should make it a part of your regular vacuuming routine. Sprinkle onto your carpet, leave it overnight if you can, and then run your vacuum over it the next day. The result will be a cleaner looking and fresher smelling carpet.

4.Steam Clean

Do you own one of those handheld steam cleaners or domestic steam mops? Well then, you can use that to clean your carpet too. Simply check the cleaning guidelines for your carpet to ensure that it is capable of withstanding steam cleaning.

Steam cleaning is an excellent option (3) as it cuts through grime and dirt and kills bacteria.

If you have a steam mop, you may be able to get a carpet cleaning attachment, so check with the manufacturer. If you can get this attachment, you will be better off as your carpet fibers will be better protected as they will have to encounter less friction.

When steam cleaning your carpet, you go about it just the same way you would when vacuuming. Ensure the room will be well ventilated afterward so that the carpet can dry naturally and adequately before traffic returns.

If you are using a modern steamer, your carpet won’t end up drenched since these use very little water.

5.Carpet Shampoos

If you choose to go this route, you must be warned again. This way of cleaning your carpets will be very labor-intensive. Since you don’t have a machine, you will have to make use of a soft bristle brush and hand scrub your carpet.

There you have it, five ways you can clean your carpet without hiring a professional carpet cleaner. In all honesty, depending on the level of dirt in your carpet, you may not see the results you want. But you can always try first and then if your carpet needs additional cleaning you most definitely should call in the specialists.

I caution you, though, after having your carpets professionally cleaned – take care of them with regular cleaning using any of the above methods or products. Your wallet will thank you.

About the Author

Gladys K. Connelly

As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.

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