I am renting a house with old worn carpets and everything seems to make them look worse. Within 48 hours of cleaning they look as though they've never been cleaned. I have tried dry cleaning, foam, and steam cleaning. Please help.
By Vicki from Staunton, VA
By Lilac  10/20/2010
Go to Home depot or Lowes. Go to the back where they have carpet on rolls. You can get it really cheap. You won't need the padding. Choose berber, it doesn't ravel easily and have a piece cut to the size you need then put it over the bad carpet. You will love it. Don't worry about the edges.
By Ian Burrows 01/10/2014
I am a carpet cleaner. And should not really share this with you tricks of the trade LOL. If you have ever heard of something called traffic film remover it is used for washing cars. You can buy from any good motor shop it's a heavy duty degreaser and will lift any stain. Use this as a pre spray than suck it up with something like a rug doctor.
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I am looking for a good carpet cleaner. I have tried all the ones sold in the store and even rented a machine and bought the special cleaning fluid for it. I have tried foams, sprays, pre-treats, etc. My carpet is old, light blue and is so stained in front of the sofa, chairs, and walkway that I can't stand it anymore. Please help.
By Gerri (guest post)
Made a difference for me. Even got ink out before. I shutter to think what he has had to clean over his career. (08/05/2005)
Below is a thrifty tip for carpet care that I know works the best.
Vacuum your carpet once a week and really do a deep vacuuming on your traffic lanes. This will keep dirt from being etched into the fibers when fibers are walked on. Once dirt is etched into a fiber, the chances of it being removed are next to nil.
Below is what I recommend to tackle a fresh spill on your carpet.
The first thing to do is set a "dry" absorbent material on the spill. "Do not push" the towel into the spill, but lightly tamp it with your hand to avoid the carpet fibers from soaking in more of the spill. I like to use paper towels for this step. Make sure to get the spill as dry as possible.
The second step it to apply a lightly damp clean cotton cloth to the spill. Lightly agitate the carpet fibers working your way from the outside to the middle of the spill. If this doesn't remove the spill you can use a spot remover chemical to help remove the rest of the it. The best way to apply a chemical to the spill is to use a clean cotton cloth. Apply the chemical to the "cloth, not the spill".
Now to make sure that you do not set the spill into your carpet with the chemical. Rub a small part of the spill with the chemical to see if the chemical works. Call a professional to take care of the rest of the spill if the chemical doesn't work. This will save you a lot of future trouble and money. (10/15/2009)
I have 14 year old carpets in a mobile home. They are worn and filthy, but I cannot afford to replace them at this point. Please give me your best tips. I don't have a steam cleaner...