My light beige carpet is 6 years old and is showing shades of gray in
foot trafficked areas. My tenants did a shampoo cleaning, but I think
I need to do some heavier treatment.
Any suggestions for what products to get? Should I just rent that
machine from Home Depot and give it another try? If I rent those
machines can I make my own solution or do I have to buy their
expensive one? I guess it will take several passes to get it clean
In my experience, those gray traffic marks are not going to
go away with cleaning. Sure, a good cleaner will lift out a
whole ton of dirt and that's a good thing. But it will not
make a worn carpet look new.
None of the above. The really big (truck mounted) machines do
the best job, in the hands of a skilled operator. There are
a lot of scam operators (scum operators?) in that biz so you
must find a good one. But the good one's are good, and quite
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
I would try the machine and you can get cheaper chemicals at often the
grocery or 'walmart' type places that do not rent machines. It's possible
to mix your own if you know what to use but carpet cleaning can be kinda a
special job. In my case, if i rent a machine every 6 years or so, I don't
worry too much about the price of the recommended product to match the
machine and tend to get it there. Some of the better ones will actually
provide a bit of 'scotch guard' to the carpet so it resists dirt better for
Then again here, I'm at the 'time to replace the carpet' level. (7 years
with renters, was 10 years old then, now 19 years old). But I kept it going
for a long time with those rental machines.
Bear in mind that technology may have changed, but...
Back in the day, I worked a job as a summer student with a carpet
cleaning franchise. One of the ones that had the mobile unit that
came to your house with the big machines to do a steam cleaning.
The self-service products of that era were horrible for carpet
cleaning. The retail stores had soaps and various cleaners that
worked with shampooers (sp?) to scrub the carpet surface, but none had
the hutzbah to then remove the dilluted soaps,etc, after they were
applied. The result was that your carpet wore more quickly, and the
dirt resurfaced after a few weeks. The residual gunk actually
attracted dirt more quickly.
So for my $.02, a strong steam cleaner unit is still best - one with
mongo suction to pull the steam and moisture laden crap back out of
the carpet. With a strong suction steam unit, it is truly amazing
that you can blacken a 3 gallon water reservoir with extracted soils
in a few minutes. These types of units may be available for rental at
your local outlets, or I'd shell out for a recommended biz to come to
your home. Some add mild emulsifiers or other chemicals to the steam
to enhance the operation. These additives are often optional, but I
wouldn't shop for cheap replacements.
Bear in mind that if you clean the entire carpet, chances are the
highest traffic areas will still look more worn. Cleaner, but more
worn. I can recall one customer who was dismayed that her carpets did
not look brand new after being well cleaned. We took about three
years of cat pee, hair, kiddy "stuff", crayon, and dirt (not the
greatest housekeeper) out of her ten year old carpet, and she was
disappointed that it didn't look like new.
On Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:06:40 -0700, gwandsh wrote:
And to add mine, the rental machines are *far* better IME than any of
those 'home' cleaners that look like an upright vacuum cleaner; they have
more power and do a far better job (not to mention that we had one of the
Bissell 'home' ones and I was forever taking it apart because the
pipework would block and it'd either stop cleaning or start leaking)
I consider myself lucky as the house we have now is 90% hardwood floors
- they're so much easier to clean (and the amount of pet hair which
finds its way under the sofas makes me appreciate just how much crud
must be caught in the typical house carpet!)
On Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:52:36 -0700 (PDT), "Mr. Nonsense"
A steam machine with suction should do the job. Use the recommended
detergent/concentration. After it dries, vacuum again, then rinse
until the soap/dirt is gone. You might need something like "Resolve"
for spot treatment. Tap the brush onto the carpet, do not scrub or
Be carefull with products like resolve. They tend to leave soap behind
and the soap will attract dirt and cause the stain to return in about
On really tough stains, I use a spot cleaner and boiling water. If you
have a shop vac, they do a great job at extraction.
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