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Saving Money on Carpet Cleaning

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Despite your best efforts carpets need to be cleaned every once in a while. It's an added expense that can be difficult to budget for. This is a guide to saving money on carpet cleaning.


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By 6 found this helpful
August 4, 2011

Whenever my carpet is looking a little dingy from dirt spots and/or those darkened paths that go from room to room, I use a solution of 1/2 cup household ammonia, 2 cups rubbing alcohol, and 1 teaspoon liquid Dawn.

I mix it all in a 1 gallon (milk jug) adding warm water. I use a scrub brush or one of the cleaning brushes with a handle and rinse with an old towel. The process isn't difficult at all and you will love the results. This mixture is great for washing windows and cars. I've been using this solution for years and the results are great every time!

Source: It has been so long ago, I don't remember where I found this recipe. Originally I used it just for windows.


By Jane from Lawrenceville, GA

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August 8, 20110 found this helpful

I'll definitely try it!

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January 6, 20170 found this helpful

Baking Soda
and Vinegar

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These inexpensive household items may take care of the problem. This is a guide about using baking soda and vinegar on carpet. Old carpet stains can be difficult to remove.


By 1 found this helpful
April 21, 2015

With pets and children, shampooing your carpet or car interiors is something that is just part of life. I have found that using liquid laundry soap works really great in these shampooing devices. But more than that you can get something such as sweet smelling Gain or one of the other nice smelling laundry soaps and your room will smell fresh and clean when you are done. Mango scent is my favorite.

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful

As a landlord, I have shampooed many carpets. It is not advisable to use soap of any kind, since the residue will attract dirt.

My "special recipe" is to dissolve equal parts Borax and Super Washing soda in very hot water and then use this for your cleaning solution. Be careful to strain any undissolved powder before using in your machine.

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By 4 found this helpful
November 21, 2011

If you have marks on your carpet, try spraying the mark with window cleaner then giving it a bit of a scrub. It worked for me.

By Gail G. from Kent, England

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November 22, 20110 found this helpful

I have used that for years, and it does work great on carpets.

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