If you wish to protect your carpeting, you need to learn the importance of deep cleaning it. While it is true that you can contact professionals and have them come over, this may not always be feasible. The important thing is to know that you can, in fact, deep clean your carpet even without a steam cleaner. There are a few methods that allow this. Let’s check them out in detail.
Renting and buying a steam cleaner machine is not always necessary. You can get the stubborn stains out, even without such technological aid. All you need for this method to work is a scrubbing brush (with stiff bristles) and a regular spray bottle. You will also require a mix of some detergent and water, baking soda and table salt, as well as some cloth towels. First, mix a little bit of soap with water in the spray bottle. Sprinkle some baking soda and salt on the problem area. Use the spray bottle to apply a little of the mixture over the sprinkled baking soda. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Brush the carpet in a single direction, to accumulate the debris. Next, press the cloth towels onto the carpet, saturating them with the liquid solution. Once there is no more of it, spray with plain water and repeat the process with the towels. When you are done with this step, you will have completed a deep carpet cleaning session without a machine.
Sometimes all you need to deep clean the carpet is your old trusty vacuum cleaner and a few little extras. Prepare a bucket of warm water and a toothbrush/brush. First, vacuum the area thoroughly – you want to remove as much of the debris as possible. Sprinkle baking soda over any stains and add some dish soap. Swoosh till you create bubbles and gently scrub with your preferred tool. Now, it is important not to soak the floor completely, just make it wet enough to allow scrubbing. Once you are done, allow the carpet to air dry. Finish by vacuuming it again.
Believe it or not, you can clean with snow during the winter months. This works on small rugs made of wool, although you can also clean larger pieces if you have some helpers around. Take the rug outside and shake it to remove dust. Leave it for 30 minutes to acclimate. Then pile a few inches of snow over the rug and use a broom to distribute it evenly. The snow will solidify the dirt and dust particles inside the carpet after about 20 minutes. Then, remove as much snow as possible, and hang the rug to dry.
If you are sensitive to the products used to clean the carpet, you can try a few gentler options. One is to make a mix of quarter teaspoon white vinegar and a tablespoon of dish soap into a spray bottle. It is a nice all-purpose cleaner, which works on most stains. Club soda also works as a nice carpet cleanser. It is especially effective against blood and wine stains. Sometimes the soiling of the carpet is not sufficient to warrant a deep clean anyway. In these cases, you can resort to liquid soap and water. This is a good enough combination to address most stains out there.
As you can see, you don’t always need steam cleaning, to address your carpet. It only takes a little creativity.