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No Vacuum? 5 Hacks to Clean Your Carpet


It’s no secret – vacuums are the ideal tool for carpet cleaning. Their high-powered suction makes it easy to suck up dirt and debris with little effort. But if you don’t have a vacuum or yours is broken, there are alternative ways to clean your carpet.

The number one way to clean all types of carpet without a vacuum is with a broom and dustpan. Other options include a lint roller, a stiff-bristled cleaning brush, and a washing machine. Read on to learn directions for each procedure.

Collect dirt with a lint roller

Use a broom and dustpan

A standard broom works well to clean low and medium pile carpets. You can use it like a hard floor sweeper. The bristles will pick up dirt and debris that you can sweep into your dustpan.

Brooms also work on high pile carpets but can leave the fibers matted. After cleaning, fluff the fibers with your fingers or use a blow dryer to restore them to their natural texture.

Note: The broom’s stiff bristles do a great job of loosening embedded dirt from carpet fibers. Because of this, you may end up with dust in the air. Be prepared to dust surrounding furniture and hard floors after cleaning the carpet with a broom.

Collect dirt with a lint roller

In a pinch, a lint roller is ideal for picking up surface-level dirt. Roll the lint roller over the carpet, changing the sticky sheet as needed. Do this alone or after using a broom to loosen embedded dirt.

Try a stiff bristled brush

If you don’t have a regular broom and dustpan, use a stiff bristled brush. (Don’t use a wire brush, though, as it will damage your carpet.) Test the brush on an inconspicuous area of ​​your carpet so it doesn’t tear into the fibers. If it passes the test, use it to loosen dirt and then sweep onto a dust pan or paper plate for disposal.

Shake out area rugs

Take out area rugs, big and small, and shake them out. You can pull them over a stair or deck railing and use a wooden spoon or similar item to scrape off the dust. Give them a final shake before bringing them back inside.

Place the bathroom rug in the washing machine

Most bathroom rugs are machine washable and dryable. Check the manufacturer’s tag for specifics. If machine washable, put it in the washing machine and use regular detergent and a cold cycle. Dry on low heat.



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