Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Steam Cleaning Carpets

I used to pay either Stanley Steemer or ChemDry to come to my home twice, maybe three times, a year to clean my carpets.  If you've ever used carpet cleaning services before, you'll know that they charge you by room and area.  I have two flights of stairs, three bedrooms, two landings, one hallway,  one study, and one rec-room (which counts as 2 rooms).  I also have three area rugs that need a good cleaning.  When they come here, they have dollar signs in their eyes!  The quote I just got from ChemDry's website was for $535.00.  From experience, I can tell you that once they arrive to give you the final quote, thmysteriously goes UP.

Not any more!  After my Flood Fiasco, I had my very own Steam Cleaner.  Now it only costs me the price of a bottle of carpet cleaning solution ($10.15) which keeps me going for about 4 years! 


Just as an example, here's my stairs BEFORE & AFTER:


...and here's what came out of them (eww!):


You never get to see what actually comes out of your carpets when you hire the Professionals to come out, and I get a real satisfaction knowing that I removed this much grime!

An added bonus is that I can clean my carpets as they need it and more often than 2-3 times a year, so my family can stay healthy while I'm keep the allergens at bay.

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Steam Clean Carpets Yourself, All Areas (Cleaning Solution $10.50, Steam Cleaner $160.00*) 

Total Fake-It Yourself Cost:  $10.50

ChemDry Quote $535.00 per visit (x3 cleanings per year)

Total Fake-It Yourself Savings:  $1,594.50

*Already Own

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  1. If you have a Rainbow Vacuum you can use it as a vacuum AND a steam cleaner just by switching the attachments. I love my Rainbow, and I can tell by the water how much cleaner my house is.

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  2. i skip the chemical shampoo and opt for my own version at half the cost. i fill mine to the "soap" fill line with vinegar and the rest with water. you can also add an essential oil to it for added smell factor but it also adds cost factor ;)! they say the soap residue/scum that is left attracts the dirt and your carpets get dirtier faster. i totally agree after switching to vinegar.

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  3. I second Crystals suggestion. I was going to post the same thing, except that I use a mix of 1 cup vinegar + 1 cup baking soda + a few squirts of dish soap. I pretreat any spots with oxyclean laundry spray. I have found that my homemade solution works better than commercial bought plus it doesn't leave residue in my carpets and is nontoxic and green.

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  4. My husband used to work for a cleaning company and it's true not to use anything soapy. It does help the carpets get dirtier faster. I try to use bleach on mine, they're very light tan, and it works great! Might have to add something to it now though. I like the vinegar and oil idea. I also need the name of a GOOD carpet cleaner, if anyone has one. I've been thru too many of them to even want to buy another :(
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  5. My latest discovery...Pine Sol, or Walmart equivalent as carpet shampoo. It did amazing work on my carpets (I have 2big dogs)...I didn't dilute...just poured it into the soap reservoir straight. I would test it first, but it was an amazing difference from the expensive soaps. I often rinse with vinegar too.

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    1. I use Pine-Sol too and it gets most of the dirt and grime up! You can also add a cap full of bleach and it works crazy well!!

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    2. LINDSY do you add the capful of bleach with the PineSol?

      CHER I might follow your suggestion about tan carpet/bleach water... what ratio did you use, you think?

      WIFE OF DARREN I have a Rainbow (best. Investment. Ever.) - is there a scrub brush attacent or just the steam cleaner head?

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  6. Thanks for all the great tips! For carpet cleaning, my husband and I rent one from Home Depot whenever we want to steam. In our experience, the industrial strength ones work MUCH better than the home models. It costs just $20 to rent so I think we save money over buying one, which would need to be replaced every so often. Then, we also don't have to store it in between cleanings.

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  7. I also use Pine Sol or any antibacterial mopping solution, seems to work great!

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  8. I also use Pine Sol or any antibacterial mopping solution, seems to work great!

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  9. I have used laundry detergent and oxyclean in my steam cleaner. I find it works great but I will try the vinegar...I like that idea. I also just got a floor steamer..and clean with steam water. I love the little cost factor!

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  10. I use Dollar store pure ammonia on my 100% nylon carpets. Works great, no residue, cuts through tough stains. I pretreat with full-strength ammonia directly on any spots. Then I fill to the measuring line on the cup/lid on my Hoover Steam Vac and fill the rest of the tank with hot water. I've used this for years and love it!

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  11. I have a Bissel Pro Heat Complete. It is by far the best steamer I have ever used. It was a little spendy, but it works great with Bissel cleaning solution OR vinegar. I got mine at Sams Club, but I've also seen them at Costco.

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  12. It’s great that you found a cheap cleaning method for your carpet. Reminder: be careful of the cleaning solution that you use. Do not use a cleaning solution that contains bleach or optical brighteners often because these can cause your carpet to discolor. Anyway, your carpet looks brighter now. Good job!

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  13. That's a great result! I bet it's much more evident when you see it up close. That steam cleaner is really good, and you can tell by the dirt on the water. And you get to save so much by doing it with that steamer! Awesome!

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  14. effective one. I was amazed with how it cleaned your stairs like a pro. But it’s still a good thing if you will let the professionals clean your carpets and rugs at least once a year, because they know best how to clean those safely. Anyway, I like your idea of going for a cheap carpet cleaner.

    >Leigh Eagle

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  19. “You never get to see what actually comes out of your carpets when you hire the Professionals to come out...”—You're right, Heather. Even though you can save lots of money by doing the task all by yourself, there is a high chance that you will not get the result that you wanted.


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