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Old 07-12-2020, 06:12 PM
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I'm trying to deep clean my living room carpet. I have a machine. I've run it probably 10 times today, and the water is STILL coming out BLACK. What can I use to strip it and get it clean?!

I've already used vinegar, and now my living room just smells like vinegar.


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Old 07-12-2020, 06:26 PM
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My secret.... I got rid of carpet!!🤣🤣

Seriously though, I think I read somewhere that professionally cleaning it just makes it prone to collecting more dirt.
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Old 07-12-2020, 06:27 PM
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Use the hottest tap water you can.

Vacuum in between shampoos. After the carpet has dried of course.

I love using Hoover brand Paws and Claws rug cleaner.

If previous owners were smokers and/or hd animals who weren't housebroken, your carpet will probably never be spotless.
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Old 07-12-2020, 07:16 PM
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I got rid of all carpet except one room. Iím waiting to get it removed until we do a few other things. We have white carpet . . . in an entryway . . . and we have five dogs.

I use super hot, almost boiling, water, and I mix OxiClean in the water. Wet carpet. Let it sit. Rinse. More super hot water with regular carpet cleaner. Rinse. Occasionally I have a professional clean it. Itís worth the price.
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Old 07-12-2020, 08:57 PM
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Oxiclean sounds good. I may try putting that in my carpet cleaner.

I hate carpet. I want to rip it out when I pay off my house.


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Old 07-12-2020, 09:40 PM
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I use hydrogen peroxide...mixed with hot water to rinse after shampooing.
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:48 AM
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I agree with professional carpet cleaners...I think they end up attracting dirt. Unless you pay through the nose for very high quality steam clean.

One tip that I learned after I pulled up our living room rug....do not go over and over and over that one really dirty section. The water seeps through the carpet and padding and ruins hardwood floor underneath.

Sounds like you might have to shampoo, dry, vacuum, and repeat several times. The Oxiclean could work miracles, though.
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:56 AM
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What is under your carpet? Maybe you donít have to wait to pay off the house...
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:03 AM
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I'm pretty sure it's just subflooring.

My house was built in the 90s: prime "we just want carpet" years.
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:15 AM
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use water. As many have pointed out, the water seeps into the pad and/or subflooring and can mold, cause water damage and more.

There is a dry cleaning method out there that uses minimal water. It is a type of dry cleaning. You spray a light spray of carpet cleaner and use a chemically treated damp foam. It doesn't allow the sub flooring or pad to get wet.

GG, some of the black may be from a low quality padding or even mold. It doesn't necessarily mean the black is coming from the carpet.


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