The lack of a vacuum doesn't mean that you can't clean your carpets. This is a guide about cleaning carpets without a vacuum.
When my vacuum broke, I remembered how my former housekeeper would clean the upholstery with a damp cloth. So, I used my sponge mop on all carpets and rugs. It picked up piles of hair, leaves, dust, and gave the rugs a freshly-steamed appearance. I was thrilled. The sponge mop is cheap, readily available, lightweight, quiet, energy efficient, user-friendly and easily stored (no hauling out, emptying bags/canisters, or plugging in a vacuum), and the results are pleasing.
While it may not totally replace a vacuum sweeper, please try this. I also used it on very filthy carpeted basement stairs, preceded by a brooming. This works fantastically on stairs. And did I mention quiet?
By Mary from Kensington, MD
How do I clean my carpet if I don't have a vacuum cleaner?
Claudia from Englewood, OH
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
February 27, 2009
Wow-this is incredibly helpful right now, I'm glad I stumbled upon this! Thank you!
What is the best way to clean stair carpet without using a vacuum cleaner which will Hoover up the pile, or dustpan and brush which is too labour intensive as I have too many stairs?
By Barbara from Battersea, England
December 13, 2009
A re-chargeable car vaccum works fine for light maintenance cleaning of stairs and extending the times between shampooing or deep cleaning. They weigh a lot less than a bag-pipe or backpack vacuum, and there is no cord hassle.