Crummy Carpet Cleaningby Angie

10 Oct 2008
11:10 am

I’m looking for advice on cleaning carpets!  I spent all afternoon Wednesday moving the furniture I could out of our living/dining area, vacuuming the whole floor, and shampooing the carpets with a big steamer-vac I rented from Home Depot… all to no avail.  They still look terrible!

I began by spraying the worst areas with the special “high traffic treatment” spray that Home Depot recommended, and for solution I used a cleaner called “Kids’N’Pets” that was highly recommended to me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how very much was required, so I hadn’t bought enough and ran out when the room was only half done.  It didn’t look like it was working, and I didn’t want to stop in the middle and go shopping, so I looked at some forums online, where several people recommended using just vinegar and hot water in the steamer.  I used that for the second half of the floor, but the results were just as disappointing.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me before I spend three hours on my hands and knees scrubbing?