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Best Carpet Cleaner Alternatives


Not everyone is fortunate enough to own or have the budget to rent a steam cleaner for their carpets.

However, the carpets still need to be cleaned and cleaned properly for the sake of the health of your family.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to a steam cleaner that does not require too much in the way of good old-fashioned elbow grease.

The task will require the following equipment:

  • Carpet rake
  • Brush or sponge mop
  • Carpet foam
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

First vacuum the carpet to remove the loose dust and hairs. Make sure to use an attachment for lifting the dirt that accumulates at the edges near the walls.

Next, spray the carpet foam over an area about two by three feet. Do not saturate the carpet. Stained areas will require more than a light dusting.

If you do not wish to make use of a commercial carpet foam, bicarbonate of soda can be used in a similar fashion. Make use of the brush or sponge mop to rub the cleaner gently into the carpet after it has been allowed to set for a few minutes.

Then move on to the next portion of carpet.

Once the entire carpet has had the cleaner applied and has dried, vacuum again. Once again, ensure that the corners near the walls receive adequate attention.

The final step is to rake the carpet. Start the process in the far corner of the room so that any particles lifted by the raking are gathered towards the door.

Ensure that you pull the rake towards you in short strokes. Do not rake too vigorously or hard as this may damage the carpet.

This process should not be done more than four times in a year as it can be quite hard on the carpet. A thorough steam cleaning should also be scheduled once a year to lift the really deep stains and ensure that the carpet is cleaned right through.

Check out our best steam cleaners guide if you plan on buying affordable steam cleaners.

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