Sunday, January 7, 2018

Spot Cleaning Carpet with a DIY Cleaning Solution

Do you ever have those small accidents that happen and then the carpet needs to be cleaned, but its  not big enough for going through the trouble of renting a full size carpet cleaning machine? Yes!  We do too so I decided to get a small very portable carpet cleaning machine.  We have the machine you see below, its the  Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner.
If you keep watch, you can get a lower price on this machine.  The one we got is an open box return that was never used and in brand new condition for $109.00.

Now, here's my tip:  For several years we've been using our own DIY Carpet Cleaning solution which works great, but its made to be used with the full size rental machines.  This recipe is the same, but made for a smaller, more portable cleaner and it works just as awesome! Winner!
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DIY Carpet Cleaning Mixture (for smaller cleaners):

1 cup of vinegar
1 scoop (2 tblsp) of OxyClean
Warm/Hot Water to the fill line on the tank

The clean water tank on this particular machine is 3/4 gallon capacity so its quite a bit smaller than the full size cleaner rental tanks.

NOTE:  Although this mixture worked for our light colored carpet, I'm not sure about using OxyClean on darker colored carpets, so be sure to test it before you start just to be safe.

Yes, there will be a slight vinegar odor, but it dissipates in about 24 hours time.
Step one:
Using a kitchen funnel, add one scoop of Oxyclean to the tank.
Step two:
Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to your oxyclean in the tank.  Remove funnel and carefully swish to mix.
It will foam up like you see here.  This is normal.
Step three:
Add about 11 cups of hot tap water to the fill line on your tank.  Secure the water tank back on to the machine
This is a coffee stain.  It's a full cup of coffee with sugary creamer added.  This stain is about a week old.

Picture this:  You're half awake.  You've just made yourself a nice hot cup of coffee and your heading back to your cozy bedroom.  Suddenly, the kitten runs in front of you!  To miss stepping on her and causing drastic bodily harm, you side step her and spill your nice cup of coffee on the light colored carpet.  You try to clean it up, but its dark in the room.  You "think" you've done a great job cleaning up the mess.  Nope, not so much!  Next, I get a text from my honey bun (I'm already at work) telling me that this near miss just happened but he's already cleaned it up so no worries.  It totally slipped my mind until a few days later when after I vacuumed there was still a dark spot on the carpet.  The following weekend it was cleaned with our new carpet cleaner.
First turn on the machine.  Now, using the trigger on the carpet cleaner handle, just spray the area with your solution and let it stand for a couple of minutes (2 to 3 minutes).
Next, do not squeeze the button and scrub the solution into the carpet using the brush on the head of the nozzle. Lastly, in slow straight lines in a backward motion, suction up all the liquid you've just sprayed on the carpet.
And just to help the drying process along a little quicker, I get several paper towels, lay them over the damp spot and step on the area to blot up any extra moisture.  This little Bissell machine worked really well at suctioning up the water because there was very little moisture on the paper towels when I finished blotting.
I know, ewww, gross but here is the end result after I cleaned the carpet spots.  I say spots because I also had a few cat "burp up" spots to clean as well.
Here's the original coffee spill spot, all clean now.  I'm so glad we decided to purchase this little machine because so far, I'm loving how it works!  I'm also glad that we can still use our homemade carpet cleaning solution in this machine as well, that's the best part of it to me!
I'm hoping this will keep our carpet looking cleaner in between full on carpet cleanings.  I'm still wishing for a nice new tile floor in here in the living room sometime soon! *wink*. Want to see the tile we picked out?  Click right here.

Would you like to read about the original DIY carpet cleaning recipe? Click link below.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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  1. Most of my house is hardwood but the steps are carpeted and stains are always a problem. I'm going to try out your method. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  2. I have a similar carpet machine from Bissell and I love it too! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Teri! :)

  3. Can you tell me how much 1 scoop of OxyClean is i.e., 1/4 cup? Our OxyClean scoop is huge and square compared to the one you show in the picture. Thank you!

    1. Hi Julie! The one I use for this recipe is 2 tablespoons, but I know there are larger ones out there too. So sorry I didn't specify to begin with. I have corrected my post above to reflect the amount now! I hope this helps, have a great weekend! :)


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