Cleaning Old Dirty Carpet

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October 18, 2010

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


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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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February 22, 2010

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.




Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

Try foam shaving cream. The cheap stuff. I had grease stains from when my husband was a diesel mechanic. Scrub in and let set for a little while. Then wipe. Hope it works for you. (05/19/2004)

By Darla

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

We use a Bissel. It is fairly inexpensive and works well on our 15 year old carpet (4 kids, 2 cats, and 1 dog). We had an expensive Kirby, but the Bissel works much better. (05/19/2004)

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

I just cleaned a 17 year old rug with my Hoover Rug cleaner, I used Hoover rug cleaner with Oxyclean and boiling water. Ran it over at night and came back 4 days later (because I was sick) and ran the rug cleaner with just clear water back over the whole rug. It looks and feels great. Hope I helped. (05/19/2004)


By Lucinda

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

If you have a large chain department store near you, they should sell a product called Spot Shot. It comes in a spray can. The stains disappears before your eyes. (05/19/2004)

By Karen

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

I have light carpets, two dogs in training (w/accidents) baby formula spills, grease stains, etc. and the only product I have found that cleans all is Oxyclean. I mix it myself as spot cleaners and use in home carpet cleaners for overall cleaning. Results are great. (02/23/2005)

By Gerri (guest post)

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

I learned from a used car dealer that you should spray the area with whatever your favorite cleaner may be (I love the oxy-types). Wait at least 10 minutes, more if possible. Take a nice stiff brush and break up the dirt with a few strokes. Then run the cleaner as normal.


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)

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

The trouble with steam cleaners you buy in the store is that they are not very durable and you will end up buying more than one in five years, I just about guarantee it. As professional carpet cleaners, I have seen the Carpet Express in action. Yes, they are not cheap (about $650), but they do a great job and are easy to use and maintain. Should last any homeowner a lifetime. (09/21/2009)

By BigFish1

Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

I have been cleaning carpets for 10 years now and it sounds like you most likely have stains that will not come out. I recommend a carpet replacement.


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.


Looking for a Good Carpet Cleaner for Old Carpet

An excellent rug stain remover is Carpet Details Spotter. You can buy it at I have two little dogs and my carpet still looks great. You won't be disappointed. (11/14/2009)

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October 18, 2010

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.

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