When you’re on a single income and you don’t have the money to buy or rent a steam cleaner, it’s pretty much up to elbow grease to get your carpet clean. Seriously, you must get down and dirty. You’re gonna have to get on your hands and knees and scrub. You’ll get sweaty. You’ll feel sore the next day. You’ll get a workout! But, your carpet will be clean.
*This post is only for getting general dirt and light stains off a carpet
Keeping your carpet from getting dirty is the first step!
Don’t wear your shoes in the house is the absolute biggest prevention and vacuum regularly! You should have a vacuum that has a beater bar, one that actually picks up dirt from the carpet.
My kids are little and spill and drop everything on my beige carpet. Yay. This is what it looked like before I cleaned it.
You can clean a carpet by hand very, as long as you don’t mind getting sweaty. You can even have a carpet cleaning party. Invite your friends over to help. It will go much faster that way.
What you need
- A bucket
- A scrub brush
- Liquid dish detergent or whatever natural cleaning agent you like (vinegar, bi-carb soda, etc.)
#1 Get a bucket of warm water and put a little of natural cleaning agent or soap in it. Not too much, or the soap will never come out. I like to use a little bit of dish detergent. It honestly doesn’t matter so much what you put in the bucket because the dirt will mostly be removed by the warm water and your scrubbing. Dip your brush in the bucket and scrub with a little water on the floor, not saturated, but enough to get the carpet a little wet.
#2 After you scrub with a scrubby brush, change your water to fresh water with nothing in it, then start to rub with a rag or I like to use terry towel rags, they seem to have extra texture to rub out the dirt. Get on your knees and rub with fresh clean water… Like this.
#3 Drying. Try to do the carpet cleaning on a relatively dry day, with low humidity. If that is not possible, turn a fan on it until it’s dry. I like to clean my carpet at night so that it has all night to dry.
#4 Enjoy your clean carpet that came at a very low cost of only feeling the burn in your back and triceps.
This is what my carpet looked like the next morning. Not perfect, but way better than before and cost me next to nothing.