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Floor & Surface Cleaning

How to Clean Your Carpet Without Vacuuming

Cleaning carpets is easy with a vacuum, but what if you want to clean carpets without a machine? Find out how to clean a carpet without vacuuming here.

At the best of times, many of us might wonder how to clean a carpet. But what if you can’t use a vacuum cleaner? Maybe you’re looking for ways to save electricity. Maybe the noise is too much for you or your neighbours. Maybe you just don’t have one. Good news, though: if you’re looking for the best way to clean a carpet without a machine, there are plenty of tips for you right here.

Do it the old-fashioned way

If you have a whole carpet to clean, the best way to clean a carpet without a machine is with an old-fashioned broom. It’s important to use one with stiff, natural bristles – a soft synthetic broom just won’t cut it this time.

Whatever comes out of your carpet whilst you’re doing this, you’ll need to pick it up somehow. Make sure you have a dustpan at the ready, and maybe some rubber gloves for anything that’s difficult to sweep up.

Spot clean with shaving cream

If you need a clean carpet without vacuum cleaners, it’s a good idea to spot clean regularly. There are plenty of ways to spot clean a carpet, and one of the most popular is shaving cream. To spot clean your carpet with shaving cream, simply follow these steps:

  1. Blot the stain.
  2. Moisten the area with a damp sponge or rag.
  3. Apply shaving cream to the stain. If your stain is something particularly persistent – such as tea, coffee, tomato sauce, or grease – work the cream into the stain with an old, clean toothbrush or paintbrush and leave it to sit for 10 minutes or so.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a damp sponge or rag and allow it to dry thoroughly.

No shaving cream? Try making a paste out of water and baking soda, or soaking the stain with a few drops of spirit vinegar.

Use a sponge mop 

If embedded dust is only a small part of the problem, you might be wondering how to clean a carpet that’s discoloured and in need of refreshing. The obvious answer is to use a steam mop, but if you’re cleaning the carpet without vacuum cleaners then you may want to reach for a steamer as a substitute. Good news: you can still get some of the benefits of steam cleaning by simply using a damp sponge mop.

This method comes with a few caveats. You’ll want to avoid it when the weather’s particularly wet or humid, or your carpet won’t dry. You’ll want to use as little water as possible to keep the drying time down. That aside, sponge mops are great for picking up stray hair, leaves, and lint, and your carpet will look beautifully refreshed when you’re done.

Carpet sweeper

Before vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers were all the rage. If you need to clean a carpet without a machine, this might be an acceptable substitute. Carpet sweepers don’t require electricity, and some models fold up to around the same dimensions as a large broom.

Shake it out

If you’re wondering how to clean a carpet, and your carpet isn’t fixed to the floor, you can take another tip from the annals of history and shake it out. For best results, hang your rug outdoors and beat it with a broom handle to get rid of as much dust as possible. Weather permitting, you could leave it outside for a little while to freshen up.

Lint roller

If your carpet doesn’t have an especially deep pile, you might consider buying a giant lint roller. Yes, really. Simply roll it over your carpet, and the sticky surface will pick up all the dust that’s been bothering you. Most commercially available large lint rollers have 40-60 sheets, so they’re reusable.

And if all else fails…

If you’ve got the money but not the time, the best answer to the question of how to clean a carpet is to leave it to the professionals.

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Spot cleaning is a great way to keep your carpets stain-free and clean over the longer term – if you remove small stains as and when they occur, you’ll find that larger maintenance cleans take a lot less time!