Getting The Most Out Of Cleaning Your Carpet


This past week I tackled the daunting task of shampooing the carpet. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how clean the floor is and how nice it smells. I hate  having the floor soaked and the fact that my family walks on my carpet afterwards. Can't they just stay outside?  :) I joke. Kind of.

Here are a few tips to making it easier and the results better:
  • Vacuum. And vacuum again prior to shampooing. 
  • Considering taking an outdoor broom (one with stiffer bristles) to the areas near the outside door to help lift dirt up prior to vacuuming. 
  • Spot treat stains several minutes before shampooing. 
  • Mix a little vinegar into the cleaner solution mix. I think this just adds a little extra odor killing and stain removal power. Vinegar alone is also an option.
  • Take your time! Break it down into several days. Who wants to do this and realize when the floor dries that it didn't make much of a difference?
  • Go easy on applying the cleaner/water mix. A lot of water can come out and you don't want to over soak the floor. 
  • Put time into extraction! It's the most important part. Otherwise you have just will be left with dirty water in your carpet. 

The Bissell ProHeat Pet is the shampooer one I have. It's not particularly heavy, easy to use and extracts well for a home shampooer. They have new models now, but if they have improved on mine, I would recommend it. 

When I was looking for pic, I realized it is an exclusive to Walmart. It's also a little cheaper than when I got it. It's only $160.  I think that's a good price. 

I hoped this helps you get the most out of shampooing you carpets. 
Thanks for reading!





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  1. I was going to ask if you could recommend one to rent (we only have carpet upstairs) but $160 isn't bad and it probably would cost that much to just rent two or three times. How often do you shampoo?

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    1. Yea, we were going to rent one, but after seeing the prices we decided to just make the investment. It's also nice to not load/unload it.

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