When it’s time to clean carpets, most people reach for a vacuum cleaner. However, you may not want to use a vacuum in some situations. Perhaps the machine is broken and a new one isn’t in the budget just yet. Maybe you have a sleeping baby you don’t want to disturb. Fine oriental carpets can be damaged by vacuums with too much power. It’s wise to know what the alternatives are to vacuuming so you can be ready for any of these situations.
Buy a Sweeper
Carpet sweepers have been around for decades and they’re effective at picking up small items. They won’t reach deep into the fibers to remove dirt, but they also won’t damage your fine carpets. Available at most retailers for less than $50, they’re also a budget-friendly solution. Brushes in the sweeper kick debris into a bin that you would empty after every use.
Broom and Dustpan
If you have a carpet with a low nap, then a broom and dustpan can work. It’s not as efficient as a sweeper, but it’s a great choice if you’re doing a cleanup in a small area. Simply use short strokes to force debris off the carpet and move it towards the dustpan.
Sponge and Bucket
If you have the time and energy, you can also clean carpet using a dish sponge and a bucket of soapy water. Wring the sponge out and then use the scrubbing side to gently wipe the carpet. It will pick up hair, animal fur, dirt and even clean away stains. This can be time-consuming, but it will leave your carpet looking amazing. You can also speed up the process by using a traditional sponge mop to mop the floors and make your carpets cleaner.
The same rollers you use to clean pet hair off clothing can be used on carpets. Start by picking up all the larger items by hand and throwing them away. A broom can drastically speed up this process. Then, use the lint roller to go over the carpet and pull up the remaining bits of dirt, hair and lint.
Shake it Out
If you have area rugs, then you can clean them the old fashioned way. Take them outside, hang them over a fence and beat them with tennis racket to force the dust out. If the weather is nice and rain isn’t in the forecast, you can also use the garden hose to soak the rug, wash the dirt out and then let it dry in the sunshine. While this won’t work with wall-to-wall carpeting, it’s a great choice for area rugs and entry mats.
Whether you don’t want the noise of a vacuum or just don’t like using them, there are other ways to clean your carpets. If you are not going to vacuum regularly, then you may want to invest in more frequent steam cleaning to reach deep into the carpet and remove any dirt. High Quality Carpet offers affordable cleaning services to ensure that your carpet looks great on the surface and is truly clean at the lower layers.