Our carpet is 7 years old. It's quite dirty on the stairs especially
near the edge of each riser. I'd like to hear some good tips about how
to clean this part. I'm thinking of renting a steam vacuum cleaner
from Kroger or Home Depot. I don't think I should drag it on each step
of the stairs as I do on the floor. But using an attachment (if
there's one) won't have enough sucking, will it?
My friend's Hoover SteamVac DualV allows up to 140F or 60C degree
water. I didn't check Kroger's renting cleaner yet. But isn't 140F too
low for a good job? I know "steam" is a misnomer but I heard the
hotter the cleaner after the job, except perhaps the carpet won't be
very soft if the water is too hot. Correct?
Can you also recommend a few brands of detergent?
Thanks for advice.
Sounds like you are over analyzing this.
If you have very dirty carpets, just about anything is okay.
I bought one of those Hoover wet vacs.
Works very well, just use the carpet cleaning solution that
comes with the unit.
Rental units work too.
If you have a need for fairly frequent spot cleaning, consider getting one
of the smaller hand held units. 'Green Machine' I seem to recall is the
name. Folks with pets use them for the occasional 'oops' and they work
pretty well for that.
Very useful for stairs. Not super powerful, but they will work with a few
treatments and not too hard or heavy to get around odd spots. You can also
use them to clean the carpet in a car.
See if your friend has one you can borrow? Then you could try it out (buy
him a bottle of cleaner sold at just about any grocery etc).
One warning, they also come in a cordless style but those do not have enough
power to be of any use.
I love the Green Machine. Great for pets (been there, done that), also
excellent for car upholstery, house upholstery. The stuff that comes
with it is Ok, but I like the stuff (cheaper) that you can get at the
grocery/hardware store with the rentals. Comes in a big red container
-- no idea what the brand is. I also have a small Bissel upright for
carpets as well. I need to get a bonnet buffer/scrubber one of these
days as well, as my old Hoover gave up the ghost a year ago, and I
haven't gotten around to replacing it.
Carpets on stairs take a real beating. I have replaced the stair
carpet before I've replaced the floor carpets.
Oh yeah! I forgot to mention cleaning the sofa. Yup, great for that!
Ours died and since we were pet and mostly carpet free for 6.5 years in
Japan, we didnt replace it but we need to think about it now that we are
My carpets are a wreak here but they were not good before we left so I do
not blame the renters for that one. We have to wait for the money to
stabilize before we replace them (lots of other damage the renters did cause
that couldnt wait).
I'm partial now to berber types at least for the main living spaces.
Ok, I think I know the one you mean.
I had a floor scrubber but it went odd at the cord so we got rid of it for
Next time, we need to replace the carpet over the little foot riser at the
built in bar. Its got a color matching but obviously old shag from long
before the berber was put in.
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