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Another cleaning question

Last post Wed, Sep 5 2007 10:11 PM by my3bugs. 10 replies.
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  • Mon, Jun 18 2007 9:55 AM

    Another cleaning question

     Does anyone have experience in cleaning your own carpets?  I have a nice newer machine that keeps the water hot, but soon after using it many of the stains resurface or reappear.  I have heard this can happen because the soap stays in the carpet and attracts dirt.  If that is the case, would putting vinegar in the rinse water help?  I hate to pay a professional and we have very old, but still decent beige carpeting.  The thought of replacing it makes me squirm.  I don't like having to fuss over new flooring and would just as soon make due as long as possible. 

  • Mon, Jun 18 2007 10:19 AM In reply to

    • Brandy
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    Re: Another cleaning question

     I have never paid anyone to clean my carpets and I can't think of anyone I know who does. What product are you using to clean your carpets?


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  • Mon, Jun 18 2007 10:27 AM In reply to

    Re: Another cleaning question

    Are there stains on your carpet in places, or is it just worn?  If teh former, it works to take a citrus cleanser like Simple Green, & a scrub-brush.  You put down some of the cleanser & SCRUB.  Then, apply a soft cloth like a T-shirt to blot the stain.  After you've cleaned all the stains, you vacuum.  It's a lot of work, but it comes out clean!  (And you don't have to use anything toxic!)

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  • Mon, Jun 18 2007 11:53 AM In reply to

    Re: Another cleaning question

     I'm using the manufacturer's products for carpet cleaners.  I was thinking of using Shaklee basic i  or basic h instead of the normal carpet cleaner, but I'm not sure how much to use. I can experiment though.  The spots are stains not worn places.  I will try the spot treatment suggested  -  thanks.

  • Tue, Jun 26 2007 3:59 PM In reply to

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    Re: Another cleaning question

    I know that this was an old question but I just wanted to let you know what the professional carpet cleaner told me. I use a professional about once a year as we have allergies, and I ususally do it at the end of October right before the holiday cleaning rush kicks in. Anyway, I use my own Hoover Steamer to clean in between, and going with my pro cleaners instructions I do not use ANY cleaning soaps in my carpet cleaning process. I simply heat water to a hot but not boiling temperature. I fill the tank about 3/4 of the way with very hot water and the rest of the way with tap water at the cool but not cold temperature. I then "shampoo" my carpets using this very simple and cheap recipe. My carpets come clean and look great between pro cleanings and I have no problem with soap residue or reappearing stains. In between cleanings of either kind I am thorough about cleaning up any spills or pet stains that happen. I treat them as soon as I see them and then I spot clean the area using my carpet machine. My carpets are 10 years old and were not super high quality in the beginning and we are only just now thinking of replacing them with hardwood.

     I know that my method may seem "weird" because no detergent is used but it works for us and our carpet look nice and our house does not smell.

    Also when the pro cleaner comes we do all the high traffic areas, but the rooms we seldom use like formal living and dining areas only get done professionally about every 2nd year. This saves a lot of money.

  • Tue, Jun 26 2007 4:06 PM In reply to

    Re: Another cleaning question

     Thanks!  I used basic H this time (very little though,) but I will keep this in mind for next time.  I was able to get a good recommendation for a professional.  My carpets look good now, so I'll probably wait until fall before I call him.  It really is just the traffic areas that need the most help. 

  • Thu, Aug 16 2007 12:28 PM In reply to

    Re: Another cleaning question

    Great hints! I started using hot water and vinegar to clean the carpets and it works great. Plus no extra work in rinsing out the soap. We did get Citrus-O company to come in and clean a couch that was given to us and the living/hall/kids room carpets. They were great and it got out the stains that our carpet cleaner couldn't get out.  Many old homes in New Westminster have hardwood floors lurking under the carpets but since our house was built in 1948 (young for new west) There is only hardwood in the living room. ugly green Lino in the hall under the carpet and in the kids room a neat carpet pattern printed on grey lino. Don't know what is under our  bedroom.  

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  • Mon, Aug 20 2007 10:27 AM In reply to

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    Re: Another cleaning question

    My son cleaned carpets for a brand name company for 1 year.  That miracle spray they used and charged the customer big $ for?  It was a dilute mix of Oxyclean and water.   They misted the miracle spray over the carpets, let it sit just a bit, and steam cleaned.  He now cleans carpets occassionally on the side for extra $, using the rental machine at the local store.  He makes a dilute mix of Oxyclean and cheap hair shampoo for the main cleaning and his miracle spray to pre mist the carpets.  Hasn't had a single complaint and plenty of call backs.


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  • Tue, Aug 21 2007 11:35 PM In reply to

    Re: Another cleaning question

    Great tip!  I'll remember to try that next time. Thanks!

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