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What's the Best Way to Clean Carpet Without a Vacuum?

Tessa Miller , Gawker Media

What's the Best Way to Clean Carpet Without a Vacuum?

Few things on earth get dirty and stay dirty like carpet. If you have limited storage space, or don't like kicking up dust, you may not own a vacuum. So how do you clean a carpet without owning an electronic appliance made for the job, or calling in the pros? The DIY guys at Stack Exchange tell you how.

There are reasons I'm not interested in a vacuum cleaner at the moment. I'm sure the same applies for other people. Is there an alternative that can get rid of dirt as well as pick up bigger particles?

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Carpet Sweep (Answered by Niall C.)

Use a carpet sweeper. Bissell sells several models of mechanical manual sweepers-an invention that's been around in some form since the 1880s. They work, but only to an extent. For deep cleaning you'll have to use a vacuum or roll up your carpet and take it in to the pros.

Broom and Beat (Answered by ChrisF?)

In the ""olden days"" before there were vacuum cleaners you either swept (which still works to an extent-tough bristles, short quick strokes are key) or took the carpet up and beat the dust and dirt out with a carpet beater (which also works, as long as your carpet isn't fitted).

Alternatively, there are machines that spray water and shampoo into the carpet and suck up the dirty water - but these probably come under the heading of a ""vacuum cleaner,"" and so aren't appropriate in your case. Also, they're not very useful for picking up bigger particles.

Beyond those options-and keeping your carpet clean in the first place (Martha Stewart suggests lots of doormats)-I don't think that there's another effective way of getting your carpet clean.

Roll-O-Vac (Answered by chris)

Lint rollers work on clothes and hard surfaces, and certain products also work on carpets. Consider, for instance, something like this large sticky-tape roller, called the Roll-O-Vac.
For a thorough carpet clean, you'll have to use a plug-in machine or call in the pros.

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