Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution

Hoover Carpet Steam Vac


Don't worry about paying for those expensive store brand carpet cleaning solutions that contain all the chemicals. You can clean your carpets the natural way using a homemade carpet cleaner :) and a steam cleaner for carpets. It doesn't have to be one of those fancy professional rentals. I actually have my own steam cleaner. I've had it for years. I only have a couple of area rugs to worry about so, it does the job just fine for what I need and I save a lot of money. I decided to give it a go this morning on my area rug in the living room.

This is my rug before cleaning, after thoroughly vacuuming.
See all the spots? Now I'm going to show you how to clean carpet, while saving money on the Carpet Cleaning solutions. 

  1. First you want to vacuum the carpet thoroughly. 
  2. Next step is to pretreat any tough visible stains on the carpet using a mixture of
¼ cup salt
¼ cup borax
¼ cup vinegar

Mix into a paste and apply to stains on carpet. Let dry, then vacuum it up. 




I used a toothbrush and applied the mixture to some visible spots on the rug. As you can see there were some clumps left from the mixture. I then left the spots alone for a couple of hours to dry with the mixture on them. I found that after a couple of hours it never did dry completely but that was okay because I decided to proceed with the steam cleaner without vacuuming. So I got my carpet steamer ready.

     3.  Now for the final step. Fill your steam cleaner with a solution of
2 gallons of really Hot water

1 cup vinegar

Depress the button to release the solution onto the carpet. I do this in one section of carpet at a time. Make sure the carpet is saturated with the water and vinegar. Then release the button and go back over the wet carpet sucking up all the solution. Do this several times until almost dry. Repeat until the entire carpeted area is cleaned and excess water is sucked up.

Let dry completely. What I do is turn on all the ceiling fans and/or open windows, if there is a good breeze blowing through. This will help speed up the drying process. Try to avoid walking on the carpet until it is thoroughly dried to prevent stains.

As you can see from the photo, the homemade carpet cleaner did it's job. I didn't have to waste money on the expensive store brands.

13 comments:

  1. Yes vinegar is a good solution in most of the cases. Baking soda is also a good cleaning agent.

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  2. Many commercial and residential cleaning companies clean carpets as a part of their business and demand too high prices which is sometimes not afford by some people so in such case your homely solution VINEGAR work very well.

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  5. A DIY carpet cleaning solution can really be a better combination than chemicals which can possess harmful effects, some could even cause cancer! Sometimes, natural cleaning solution can be better and more effective.

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  6. Brilliant advice - this is actually the second time I've seen the Hoover cleaner in as many hours on blogs like this - I can't wait to try this myself! I am trying to work on my carpets and rugs at the minute after going through a ton of frugal blogs and trying my hand at doing more for myself instead. I've been using carpet cleaners for a while - the last were carpet cleaner solihull - they're brilliant I won't lie! Now I'd like to try my hand at it myself, but with 3 kids, 2 cats and a house rabbit I need all the help I can get. Thanks a lot!

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  8. Hi all, came here looking for carpet cleaning tips! It's a good post, thanks, I particularly like how it's followable by anyone, not just experienced, frugal folk ;) I also have a nice recommendation if I may - carpet cleaner sutton coldfield but Google has lots more if you're in another area or country!

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  9. Thanks for the advice :D Just wanted to mention that I found a surprising number of professional companies actually use natural and/or non-harsh chemicals as part of their service. As a disabled person I find this a great middle ground. I can personally recommend carpet cleaner birmingham but there are plenty on Google if you're not in the area.

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  10. A DIY carpet cleaning solution can really be a better combination than chemicals which can possess harmful effects, some could even cause cancer! Sometimes, natural cleaning solution can be better and more effective.

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  11. You might want to check out the environmental working groups website along with mother earth. Borax has been under consideration recently as a detriment to reproductive health..
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  12. A DIY carpet cleaning solution can really be a better combination than chemicals which can possess harmful effects, some could even cause cancer! Sometimes, natural cleaning solution can be better and more effective.

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