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How to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner - free 6 step guide

How to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner

Most workplaces have carpet in some, if not most areas. You most probably vacuum them on a regular basis, but do you ever clean your carpet areas deeper to disinfect them?

You may see stains and other marks appear, where a vacuum cannot remove them. Have you also considered what bacteria and other nasties live in your lovely warm workplace carpet?

That is why you need to disinfect your carpets periodically.

The normal method is to engage the services of a carpet cleaning company. This is a great option, but if you want to disinfect more regularly, the cost could soom mount up.

Equipment needed to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner

All you will need to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner is the following:

  • A bucket
  • A soft scrubbing brush
  • Washing up liquid
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • An old cloth

Six step cleaning process

Step one - clear and vacuum the floor

To make your process easier, you want to move all furniture where possible to give a clear working space. At this point, give the carpet a good vacuum to remove any lingering debris.

Step two - prepare your cleaning solution

Fill your bucket with equal measures of cold water and white vinegar, with a small amount of washing up liquid. Mix the products together well until they are of a good foamy consistency.

Step three - time to scrub

Dip your soft scrubbing brush in the foamy solution in your bucket and start scrubbing your carpet. Make sure you don’t saturate the floor with the liquid, just use enough to get the carpet a little bit wet. Start from one of the corners of the carpet and work your way to the other corner to ensure you cover all areas. Re-saturate the brush when needed throughout this process.

Once done - leave the solution on the carpet for five minutes to work its magic.

Step four - rinse time

Empty your bucket, fully rinse it out and replace with clean, fresh cold water. Use your old cloth and rub the carpet to remove the dirt and bacteria. Change the rag as needed and keep as clean as possible. Change your clear water if it gets foamy again. Work in a logical way to cover all areas of the carpet to ensure you don't miss anything.

Step five - let your carpets dry

You need to allow the carpets time to dry naturally. If it is a nice day, open windows and use fans to speed this process up. Ensure your carpets dry fully.

Step six - fully re-vacuum

Once the carpet has dried, you want to vacuum it fully again. The purpose of this is to remove any remaining residue from your solution during the cleaning process, and to fluff the carpet back up and make it look great again.

Is there a quicker way to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner?

If you think this six step process of how to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner is too much work to do or you just want to quickly sanitise your carpets, there is quick alternative option that will disinfect the surface of the carpet.

You just need a bottle of spray filled with equal parts of vinegar and water. Now spray the mix through all your carpet and that's it.

This is a great way to keep your carpet disinfected for a longer time after you’ve done all the hard work scrubbing. It is recommended to do this once a week or at least fortnightly.

Sure, this method won’t leave your carpet looking perfect, but you will know it is clean and pretty much free of bacteria.

In summary

We hope you found this guide on how to disinfect carpet without steam cleaner useful. The easiest way is of course to engage a professional company to clean your carpets.

Green Fox Cleaning are a commercial cleaning company that offer professional carpet cleaning services amongst their regular cleaning services. Click here to learn more about us and how we can help improve the appearance of your business with ours.