While many people have wood floors these days there are still some rooms covered in carpet. And let’s face it, carpets get dirty! If you don’t want to spend mega bucks paying to have your carpet cleaned, then this article is for you.
Carpet cleaning and getting the right carpet cleaning machines is one of the biggest problems people have today. If you are lucky enough to have one of those carpet cleaning machines that brush or steam the carpet then you are all set, but for those of us who don’t have one the dilemma of getting the equipment home is far from over.
In order to have clean carpets, we not only have to get the equipment home but then have to figure out which shampoo to use. It is expensive enough to rent the machine but to have to pay for that expensive shampoo just makes it that much harder. Unless you buy the huge size, one bottle will never be enough.
Since I am one of those people who likes to squeeze a nickel out of a penny, that means I like to find and do the impossible. I have made it a goal in my life to keep as much money in my pocket as possible and not just blow it off to the retailers. One thing I’ve learned is that you do not have to use that expensive store bought shampoo.
Two Simple to Make Formulas
Equal parts of blue window cleaner and water make a great cleaner and vinegar and water are also great. There are several formulas for making your own that work even better than the store bought ones, however, the vinegar and water one is a winner in my book. Just be sure to make the ratio one part vinegar to 10 parts water. And last but not least, you can use liquid Tide and water to make a great shampoo. When using vinegar remember that the smell will be on the carpet until it drys which is four to five hours. No matter which recipe you choose you will save tons of money.
So now that you know how to get an inexpensive shampoo, let me tell you how to save by not renting or buying that steam cleaning machine.
The first thing you do is put some of your cleaning solution in a spray bottle and spot clean your carpets. Next, comes the actual cleaning. The secret ingredient is nothing more than a simple mop! Cleaning the carpet with a mop works unbelievably well. You can use a regular mop or a sponge mop. So far I’ve only used the sponge mop. Either one works well, just remember to wring out the mop good before going over the carpet. You don’t want the carpet to be too wet. All you need is a bucket and a mop.
How It’s Done – So Simple
Go back and forth over the carpet just like you were mopping the kitchen floor, except you may want to go over it extra times to work the dirt up out of the carpet. Once finished, wait four to five hours for the carpet to become completely dry. If you are using vinegar the smell will go away once the carpet is dry.
Once the carpet is dry, run the vacuum cleaner over it to pick up last minute dirt and fluff up the carpet. If you want a nice fragrant smell you can sprinkle powdered carpet freshener or baby powder down before vacuuming. Now you have great looking carpets and spent practically nothing.
I don’t know about you but I”ll use a little bit of elbow grease any day to save money. Buy the time you would have purchased carpet shampoo and rented a cleaner the price would have been close to $50. Enjoy the leftover money!