Need carpet cleaning tips
December 4, 2012 2:37 PM Subscribe
We have white carpets. They suck. Please help me use a borrowed Bissell carpet-cleaning machine to best effect.
posted by bq to home & garden (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We have cream colored carpets in our house that are about four years old. They pretty much look like crap by this point even though we remove our shoes. A friend loaned us a carpet cleaning machine. It's a Bissell Lift-off Deep Cleaner, the kind that sprays hot soapy water onto the carpet and then sucks it back up. I went over our trouble spots once already and saw a big improvement, but there are some stubborn stains. I've got the machine for a while longer, so I was hoping to get some tips on how I can get the best results on my next go round.
I've read previous AskMes about spot cleaning carpets but I couldn't find anything about using machines to clean large areas.
Spots: some tea and coffee, mostly spilled milk or formula, several yellow drip spots underneath skylights from condensation.
Dark wear marks: mostly on and around stair treads and in the one place we stand the most, right next to the changing table.
Used so far: various commercial spot cleaning products over the past couple of years as the spots were created. None of them seemed to do much. With the carpet cleaner I used the recommended amount of carpet cleaning soap with hot water.
I vacuumed the floor thoroughly before running the cleaner, but it still spat out an unsettling amount of soapy lint. It also dripped some dirty water onto two places when I let it stand for a few minutes. I expect these marks will come up pretty easily when I run it again.
Is there anything I can do to clean out the machine itself?
Is there any kind of fail-safe pre-spot treatment I can do on these spots? I am particularly annoyed by the large dark wear spots.
Is there another home-brew cleaning solution I should try? I have seen recommendations for vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and just plain hot water. But since this is a borrowed machine I can't risk damaging it.