Last weekend the kiddos spent some time at their grandparent’s house so I took advantage and got busy cleaning our NASTY carpet! White carpet + dog + three kids + Oklahoma red dirt = No Bueno!
My uncle has been a carpenter for years and both of my brothers worked at a carpet store at one point so I’ve picked up on some of their wisdom when it comes to caring for your floors! I’m going to share some helpful tips today!
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How to Deep Clean Carpet with a Machine
You don’t have to hire a pro to deep clean your carpet. A good carpet cleaning machine will go a long way in helping you clean carpet yourself. We’ve really been happy with ours and you can find a similar cleaner here.
A carpet cleaner works by filling the tank with water. I like to use hot water. You can also add solution, but more on that later. Turn on the machine and instead of pushing it forward like a vacuum cleaner, you’ll slowly pull it backwards releasing the water as you go.
The brushes attached to the underside work together to remove dirt and debris from the fibers of the carpet. As you go, the water and dirt get sucked up into the machine and stored in a separate tank. You’ll have to stop periodically to refill the water tank and dump the dirty water tank.
Working in rows you’ll continue moving up and down the length of the room until all of the carpet has been cleaned. Once you have the hang of it, it’s easy to clean carpet yourself!
Use the following tips to keep your carpet looking new with the help of a machine.
1. Skip the cleaning solution
Don’t put a cleaning solution in the carpet cleaner. The soap sinks down into the carpet and it’s almost impossible to get it all back out. Dirt and dust particles stick to the residue making it difficult to ever get your carpet completely clean.
I can attest to the truth of this because before I knew that I used a cleaning solution in the cleaner and no matter what I did I had certain spots that refused to come out. Or they would appear to come out only to come back a day or two later. So frustrating!
Instead of a cleaning solution, fill the tank with hot water and use only the water over the majority of the carpet.
2. Clean carpet stains by pretreating
For tough stains, you can pretreat them with stain remover before going over the stain with the hot water in the carpet cleaner. I’ve found this works really well.
3. Clean carpet with baking soda
Baking soda! Who would’ve thought? Baking soda is great for getting stains out of carpet! And it’s a natural solution, as well. I sprinkled some baking soda over some tough stains and let it sit for a few minutes before going over it with the cleaner.
Here it is after the first run:
I had to sprinkle it a second time and run over it with the carpet cleaner again, but it came out! Here it is after the second time. How about that baking soda!
4. Pretreat with hot water
This tip is for those little annoying spots. You know, the ones where your kiddo dripped his hot chocolate across the floor. I heat up my kettle and pour a small amount of hot water on each spot to let it soak and break up the stain before going over it with the cleaner. It works like a charm!
Ahhh…so nice to have a clean carpet again! This is a good-sized room so it took me about an hour and a half to do it all, but it was worth it!
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