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Using Ammonia for Carpet Cleaning

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This is a guide about using ammonia for carpet cleaning. Ammonia can be a great alternative to soap when cleaning carpets and doesn't require rinsing afterwards. However, it is very important that you do a test on your carpet, in an inconspicuous spot first.


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April 21, 2010

Keep carpet cleaning simple. I have a small steam vacuum. I have always had trouble rinsing out soap residue on carpet areas even when using very little soap in the cleaner. Recently I tried adding a little ammonia to the water instead of soap. I found that it did a terrific job cleaning, produced no ammonia odor, dried very quickly, and required no rinsing. All of which made my job much easier. I would highly recommend this procedure.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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May 21, 20160 found this helpful
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Ammonia is also great for removing stains from clothing! As always, try in an inconspicuous area first.

By Sherry from Durham, NC

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October 19, 20140 found this helpful

I have a dark carpet and want to use ammonia to clean it. Wll this discolor my carpet?

By Mary


December 6, 20170 found this helpful

Not sure about all carpets, but if it has wool in it, it will discolor it for sure. Been there, done that in a rental house.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

Try in an inconspicuous spot first. If you lose color, don't continue.

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April 17, 2018

I steam cleaned someone's carpet using a mixture of lemon ammonia and Lemon Pine Sol. No water as I rinse the carpet after cleaning. I sprayed stains with the straight ammonia. The stains came out, but this person says the apartment smells like cat urine and thinks I transferred this smell using my steam cleaner.


I have done bad carpets before, the smell of the cat urine never was so strong that it got in the brushes of the steam cleaner and stayed there. It was the dirty water that always smelled, I smelled my brushes and they don't smell like cat urine.

My cat had two accidents and they were in my apartment which I cleaned up with a rag not my steam cleaner. I didn't rinse the carpet afterwards and couldn't open up the windows to air the room out so it did smell like ammonia, but to be mistaken for cat urine when there was no cat near her home is unbelievable. What can I say to make this person believe me that it is just the smell of ammonia, not cat urine. Please help?


April 17, 20180 found this helpful

Get a product called Nok-Out and apply to her carpet. The smell will go away.

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October 6, 20140 found this helpful

Can you use sudsy ammonia to clean a wool carpet?

By Shirley

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