Carpets are bound to get stained, especially if you have kids or pets. For this reason, you need to know how to clean your carpets without a steam cleaner. You do not want that mud or bloodstain to make your carpets look like they are always dirty.
Most people do not know easy ways to get rid of stains on their carpets which supposed to be a must-know for carpet owners. As the London carpet cleaning expert, we have put together some tips on the best ways to deep clean your carpet without a steam cleaner.
How to properly deep-clean a carpet without a steam cleaner
An effective deep cleaning method involves the use of a vacuum cleaner and baking soda/dishwasher.
The needed cleaning materials
Baking soda or dishwasher will be just fine for this cleaning method. Alternatively, you can use these products with a steam cleaner.
An old toothbrush, brush, clean rag or towel, and bucket.
Here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning your carpets without a steam cleaner
- First, get a bucket of warm water and your preferred cleaning product ready
- Vacuum the area you need to clean, then remove the dirt and dust
- If you want to use baking soda, sprinkle it on the area with the stain until the stain is covered. If you want to use dish soap, measure the quantity that will cover the stain and use a tablespoon of it for 6 – 8 inches of the stain
- Gently rub the cleaner in until you see bubbles
- Use the toothbrush, towel, old brush or rag to gently scrub the stain with warm water until the stain is removed
- Try not to soak the floor with water. Only add enough water to make it wet for the scrubbing to be easier
- Turn on your fans or open a window close to the area so the carpet can air dry
- Repeat the vacuum process once the area is dry.
How to properly deep-clean your carpet without a machine
You may not have a carpet cleaning machine, and renting one may be stressful not to mention the cost. You do not always have to look for a machine to clean your carpets as there are other carpet cleaning methods. With a vacuum, you can quickly get the job done, but you need to know about cleaning carpet with a vacuum cleaner.
For the cleaning, you will need a stiff-bristled scrubbing brush (a rubber one works best) and a spray bottle.
You will also need
- A mixture of water and some detergent
- Baking soda
- Table salt, sea salt or kosher salt
- Old rags or terry cloths or towels (an old cloth also works)
Here are your cleaning steps without a machine
- First, mix a small amount of soap (1/8th teaspoon) with water in the spray bottle and shake it thoroughly to mix
- Sprinkle the baking soda and salt on the area to be cleaned
- Spray the mixture of soap and water on the area and let it sit for a while
- Using the brush, brush the carpet in a direction to accumulate the dirt and debris
- If the area is still dirty, move about 900 from the original position and start brushing the carpet again
- Press the towel into the carpets to get rid of the water
- When the area is almost dry, use water in the spray bottle to spray the area
- Finally, press the towel into the carpet to remove the water
This cleaning method is best for cleaning stains on a spot, but if your brush is a large size, you can easily clean an entire room. You can use this method if you have children and pets as there will be no smell of heavy detergent.
How to naturally deep clean your carpets
Some people are sensitive and easily irritated by the chemicals and cleaning products used to deep clean a carpet. To avoid the harsh smell of detergents and chemicals while cleaning your carpet, try using any of these natural options.
- Vinegar, dish soap, and waterPut a tablespoon of dish soap into a quart of warm water and add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar to the mixture. Ensure you try the solution on a small inconspicuous spot of your carpet to see how it turns out before applying it to the stain.
- Club sodaYou can use club soda as a cleaner when you spritz it on your carpet. You can use it to remove blood and wine stains on carpets.Apply a pinch of the club soda on the stained area then use a dry cloth or a paper towel to blot the area until the stain is dissolved. Do not scrub the carpet. A rubbing movement is just fine.
If the stain is not deep-seated, simply, wash the carpet using a mixture of warm water and a few drops of liquid soap like Castile soap. It is not toxic, and it is a powerful cleaning agent. Use a clean cloth to gently scrub the carpet with the solution. Afterwards, blot the surface with a dry towel to remove as much water as you can.
How to deep clean carpet with snow
You can use snow to clean your carpets during winter. Snow is one of nature’s best cleaning agent. Cleaning with snow works better on smaller handmade rugs or antique wools. If you have people helping you out, you can clean a heavier rug.
To get the best result, use dry, powdery snow. These five easy steps will help you clean your carpets with snow.
- Shake your rug outside to remove as much dirt as possible. Let the carpet stay outside for about 30 minutes before you start cleaning, so it acclimates to the lower temperature
- Pile 3 – 5 inches of snow on the rug then use a broom to distribute it evenly.
- Beat the rug with the flat side of the broom. A reaction between the ammonia in the snow and cold air will occur, and the dirt in the rug will solidify.
- Let the rug rest for 15 – 20 minutes then flip it over to repeat the above steps on the other side.
- Remove the snow on the rug and hang it for 20 – 30 minutes for the snow to evaporate.
These alternative cleaning methods to steam cleaning are effective, but you can contact Ryan Carpet Cleaning for your professional carpet cleaning.