My carpets are filthy. The main room is high traffic and between kids, visitors, animals and everyone else traipsing back and forth it is looking really grimy. The problem? Last time I paid to have it cleaned it cost over $200.00 for one room (it’s a big room). I simply can’t afford to pay that every few months to have my carpets cleaned. I’m trying to be frugal here!
Enter — my steam cleaner. It is old. It is crappy. It doesn’t work as well as it used to. But, it is better than nothing. Using a little trick my mom taught me, I load it up with steaming hot water and Tide laundry detergent. The Tide works better than most carpet cleaners I’ve tried. Once I’ve gone over the carpet with the Tide, I then mix up another batch of hot water. This time I add a capful of Downey instead of Tide. I go back over the carpets again. The Downey leaves them soft and smelling fresh.
My carpet guy says not to use this mixture that it will attract dirt, but I haven’t noticed it and the fresh April scent makes up for the fact that I may have to clean my carpets more frequently.