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
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. )
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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
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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