It seems that this is a common question on Google – How to clean a carpet at home by hand? Are you going to buy a professional cleaning solution or make your own? Have a look at my blog on making your own carpet cleaning solution.
Recommended Carpet Cleaning Solutions
I appreciate that you might be anywhere in the world but here are a few examples of what I would use to hand clean a rug, small carpet, stair carpet, or even a large carpet;
- Dynamall – premium encapsulation carpet cleaning solution – in my opinion one of the very best in the world. I use this daily! Fantastic results.
- Hydro202 – new to the market! Encapsulation cleaner that gives very good results. Again I can recommend this.
- ZipDri – made by Hydramaster. Another good encapsulation cleaner from a manufacturer that is well-known.
- Fusion Clean – 5 star reviews! Made by the people that make Hydro202.
The reason I have chosen encapsulation carpet cleaning solutions is because you will be cleaning by hand and therefore not extracting the cleaner or dirt. Once dry the soil will simply vacuum away. These products always give very good results, even on dirty carpets. If your carpet is heavily soiled then extraction is the only way!
Vacuum the carpet or rug several times and in all directions. Get every last piece of loose soil out. Spray the area with your cleaning solution (make up as instructions) and brush in well with a clean long-handled broom. Spray as you brush on extra soiled areas. Leave to dry. Vacuum the next day. If you prefer to hand clean then use a large microfiber cloth soaked in the cleaning solution. Always use gloves!
If You Cannot Afford These Products……
Make a soap and detergent free cleaner;
Carpet Cleaning Solution Recipe #1
- For every 1 litre of hot water add……
- 30 grams sodium percarbonate
- 20 grams sodium bicarbonate
- 10 grams sodium carbonate (soda crystals)
- 50 ml of white vinegar
- 10 ml of lemon juice
- Essential or fragrance oil/oils to your desired strength
Vacuum the carpet or rug several times and in all directions. Get every last piece of loose soil out. Spray the area with your cleaning solution and brush in well with a clean long-handled broom. Spray as you brush on extra soiled areas. Leave to dry. Vacuum the next day. Again you can use a microfiber cloth if you prefer. Use gloves!
TIP: Always spray the carpet or rug with the solution and allow to dwell for 10 minutes. Use this tip for all of the above methods.
If your carpet needs an extra booster for the above recipe then you can add a small amount of washing powder (laundry detergent). Not too much because you might leave a residue that attracts dirt……
or I found Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds on the web. It is biodegradable and made with plant-based surfactants. A good base to start with. Don’t add too much!
Why the Brush Method?
Brushing your carpet cleaning solution works much better as apposed to say using a sponge or cloth. The brush agitates the solution deep into the pile and helps to break down soil and stains much better than a cloth. It’s also much kinder to the carpet. A medium stiff brush should work fine. Always use a new brush to start with and clean and re-use as required.
How Do I Brush?
Always work in sections. Start in the corner and work in lines. Brush up and down say 2-3 times in the same spot. Move over by half the brush width and overlap. Repeat. Spray as you work. Then when you come to the width of the area move down and slightly overlap the section above you. Repeat until the whole area has been brushed.