Cleaning Carpets Without a Vacuum?

How do I clean my carpet if I don't have a vacuum cleaner?

Claudia from Englewood, OH

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January 10, 20080 found this helpful

I've swept my carpet before, seriously! When I didn't have one for a small time. Sweep (gets up the hair at least) then maybe some sticky tape to grab that up. Or get one of those cheap carpet sweepers, the ones that aren't electric that you roll on the carpet. If it's a small area, rubber gloves (like the yellow kitchen ones with the raised nubs) work great to pick up stray hairs (on your couch too). Hope that helps!

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January 22, 20190 found this helpful

For those of you who are going to pose the animal hair question here's my trick:

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1. Rag and a bucket of water with a tiny bit of soap (1/2 gallon and >1/8th an ounce of dawn).

2. Wipe the carpet in one direction, the animal hair will clump together and is really easy to pick up/sweep up when you're done.

If the first pass doesn't get everything up, turn 90 degrees and start again.

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January 10, 20080 found this helpful

You'll be surprised that you could buy one from goodwill for like $5 in good condition, try them.

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January 11, 20080 found this helpful

We too swept our carpet. When we were first married, we were in a tiny apartment and couldn't justify buying a vacuum for our tiny one-bedroom/living room ONLY. Now that we have six kids and live in a house about 2100 sq ft, we still use the broom to sweep the corners and edges of the walls!

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It works GREAT! I also use a Swiffer Sweeper for small crumby messes like crushed up crackers. It works well for small meses.

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January 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hie thee to a thrift shoppe, they have many for cheepie.

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By Joyce (Guest Post)
January 11, 20080 found this helpful

Get one of the stiff bristled push brooms. They do a decent job. I lived out in the country for 8 years with no utilities and learned to do lots

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January 12, 20080 found this helpful

This is what we did when I was a kid. We had a bucket with water in it, a broom and some salt. You sprinkle salt on the carpet. Dip the broom in water. This is to keep dust at a minimum. The salt helps with that, too. And then just sweep the carpet.

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By neka (Guest Post)
January 13, 20080 found this helpful

Take your rug out side and bring the broom with you, hang the carpet over something, so that it is hanging down, this could be a tree branch or clothes line. Beat away at the carpet and the dust will start coming out. This will do wonders for you if you are angry. It only works if it is a dust problem.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

Many thanks to all of you who sent your ideas in for me. How nice you all are and all the ideas were/are helpful. Happy New Year! I love this website!! Claudia in Englewood

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January 17, 20080 found this helpful

It might seem funny and my fiance is the one who actually taught me this. . . take a latex glove and sweep your carpet with your hand. It really gets up a lot of the dirt and small things that get stuck in the fibers of the carpet.

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It takes a little while and it is a little bit of work, but it works great! I even do it sometimes before I vacuum to bring ground in dirt to the top. It is also a really good arm work out!

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By JR (Guest Post)
January 29, 20080 found this helpful

No Vacuum? Check out some thrift stores to get one. It's much easier than getting on your hands and knees with rubber gloves and then sweeping it all up.

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February 27, 20090 found this helpful

Wow-this is incredibly helpful right now, I'm glad I stumbled upon this! Thank you!

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