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Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

Last post Tue, Jul 31 2012 1:10 PM by swphbxzaq. 5 replies.
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  • Tue, Jul 15 2008 12:31 PM

    • digginout
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    Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

    I have a hoover carpet shampooer and use it about once a month to keep the high traffic areas in the house we rent clean, because we really need our deposit money back. The bottles of carpet cleaning solution are extremely costly (about $7) and only come in a liquid form. Yesterday in an act of desperation when the spots simply weren't going away I went to the local grocery store and picked up a jar of Oxi powder stuff from the laundry soap department and was shocked to find that it actually works about twice as well as the hoover brand heavy duty cleaner I was paying twice as much for. Note: I always run over my carpets with a tank of clean water to reduce the soap residue left behind. I am also now throwing down old area rugs in the high traffice areas so I won't have to clean the floors so often.

    I was wondering if there are any other stetchers who have any other tips for less expensive carpet cleaning products and/or solutions that one would not normally think to use.

  • Tue, Jul 15 2008 12:33 PM In reply to

    • MarthaMFI
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

    try vinegar and water. I use it for a final rinse (cuts the soap) or if the carpet is not that dirty.

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  • Tue, Jul 15 2008 12:36 PM In reply to

    • digginout
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    Re: Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

    Oh good point. I completely forgot about my favorite all purpose cleaning product. I will definatly start adding that to the rinse water.

  • Tue, Jul 15 2008 12:45 PM In reply to

    Re: Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

    I quit using the commercial soaps as the smell was too strong and I felt I never got it fully rinsed out. So we started using OxyClean (cheaper store brand) and hot water in our Bissel machine and found it works just as well. I have also used a vinegar/hot water mixture and it worked really well, too. DH just complained that the smell lasted too long. But it is sooo cheap that he didn't complain long! We now have wood floors so the only time we use our cleaner is on our area rug in the living room to clean up spills/accidents.

    I agree the bottles of cleaner are expensive.

    Erika
  • Wed, Jul 16 2008 7:12 AM In reply to

    Re: Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

    I have used vinegar and water (general cleaning), OxyClean (highly stained), or laundry soap (traffic area/mid level cleaning).

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  • Tue, Jul 31 2012 1:10 PM In reply to

    Re: Cheaper alternative to bottled carpet cleaning solution

     Some best carpet cleaning methods are define as below
    a) Dry Power Carpet Cleaning
    b) Hot Water Extraction
    c) Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning
    d) Bonnet Dry Cleaning
    e) Dry Shampoo Carpet Cleaner

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