I love my dogs. The mess the make? not so much. Thus I find myself cleaning the carpets in my home about every six months. It keeps the house smelling clean, carpets looking nice, and, most importantly, the wife happy.
These are some tips to get the most bang for your buck while cleaning your home carpets yourself.
Note: We won't be building any carpet cleaning machines or the like. Sorry to disappoint.
This instructable is based on using a rented Rugdoctor carpet cleaner. Why rent? It's cheaper. Each time you rent you end up paying about $30. A rugdoctor machine costs $600. You'd need to rent a rugdoctor 20 times before you'd equal the purchase price. And that, friends, is why we rent.
Step 1: The Day Before...
Find a rental location and get a coupon-
Turn your water heater up-
Make a filler-upper-
Step 2: Cleaning Day...
Go rent your machine and get some carpet cleaner-
Clean your carpets-
The machine sprays the clean water into the carpet then sucks it back out. The suction nozzle is along the front edge of the machine. I've found that by using the machine with the handle in the lowest position (See photo) you push the nozzle into the carpet and suck more water out.
Take your time. Go over things as many times as you like. Once you are done cleaning, go over the carpet one last time without pushing the button to suck out as much water as possible. This will decrease drying time.
Step 3: Once You're Done Cleaning...
Wait until your carpets are good and dry-
Turn your water heater back down-
Clean the machine-
Enjoy your clean carpets!