Here at Bear Carpet Cleaning and Water Restoration, we take cleaning carpets seriously. When we clean your carpets, we come prepared with carpet cleaning vans, professional cleaning solution, industrial grade vacuums, and thousands of dollars worth of equipment to make your carpets look brand new all over again. However, we understand that not every job requires a full carpet cleaning, and in between your regular extensive carpet cleanings from Bear, you may need to roll up your sleeves yourself to handle some light spot cleaning or general carpet maintenance. As always, BEAR has you covered, and we’re here with our easy foolproof guide to cleaning your carpets by hand until you can get your next professional carpet cleaning. 


The first step in cleaning your carpet by hand is to agitate the carpet to knock any loose dirt, dander, dried liquids, or other pollutants from your carpet. For this, we recommend using a carpet brush and putting some old fashioned elbow grease into it. After you’ve thoroughly brushed your carpet, you’ll want to run a standard vacuum across the area to pick up everything that you’ve just knocked loose with the brush. This is something that you should consider doing every week to keep your carpets in top condition. 


The second step is to use a homemade carpet cleaning solution to hand clean the carpet. This will be one of the more extensive steps of the process, but we’ll make it as clear and painless as possible. Our recommendation for a homemade carpet cleaning solution is as follows, and it’s a lot more simple than you may think. Mix a quarter cup of white vinegar in a bucket with warm water, and you’re ready to go. Take your scrub brush, dip it in the bucket, and get to work on scrubbing your carpet. If you can’t tell by now, this process requires quite a bit of arm work, and can get exhausting. Don’t forget that if this gets to be too much work, or if you’ve got more urgent tasks on your plate, you can always call in Bear, and we’ll be there to clean your carpets for you, any day of the week. 


After you’ve scrubbed your carpet and have your homemade solution thoroughly worked into the fibers, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet. Just like commercial floor cleaners and stain removers, baking soda works to lift the dirt and soil in your carpets to the surface level, where it bonds with the baking soda, allowing it to be picked up easily by your vacuum cleaner after it has dried. 


Carpet cleaning can be hard work, but hopefully with this guide we have taken some of the guesswork out of the process and given you a good starting point to cleaning your own carpets. As with any kind of job, sometimes the homemade solutions just don’t cut it, and that’s where Bear comes in. If you know Bear, you already know that we offer free consultations, 24/7 emergency service, and the most trusted carpet cleaning in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Freeland, Sanford, and beyond for over 20 years. Whether you need simple carpet cleaning tips, full thorough cleanings, water or fire damage removal, rug cleaning, tile cleaning, or full home improvement projects; when you need it done, Bear does it best. Give us a call at the phone number at the top of your screen or contact us here through our website today!