Is it possible to clean carpet without shampooer by hand? I know it will be a lot of work but it’s gotta get done. Also, if you know any good homemade carpet shampoo recipes, that would help too.
Essie Smith, Franklin, TN
Yes, it’s possible to deep clean carpet without a shampooer machine. I’ll fill you in on the tools you’ll need. Plus, I can tell you what to use to make carpet shampoo at home, too. All this information is explained in detail at https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-carpet-by-hand/
Now, let’s do a quick summary here.
To begin, you’ll need a carpet brush. Most of them have synthetic bristles which will work just fine for our purposes. But be aware that a stiff brush can damage the pile of your carpet if it’s ultra-soft plush fiber. In that case plan on hiring a professional cleaner to do the job.
Although you can use plain vinegar and water to clean a carpet, it doesn’t smell as pleasant as this recipe. Try using one cup of white vinegar plus two cups of hot water. Then add two teaspoons of table salt plus fifteen drops of lavender essential oil. Spray this onto the soiled areas and scrub the carpet. Then let it dry before you vacuum.
Next, if you have carpets that have a bad odor, sprinkle them with diatomaceous earth. Allow it to absorb the smell overnight, then vacuum in the morning.
Otherwise, you can also shampoo your carpets with a commercial cleaner. If you go that route, be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin. And you might want to pretreat spots with a commercial stain remover, too. Otherwise, sprinkle baking soda on the soiled area, then spritz it with hot water. Once it dries completely, you can vacuum.
To wrap up, I hope your carpet cleaning goes well.