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something to help remove stains, kill dust mites, remove the smells and kill bacteria??


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7 Responses to “can i add anything to the water in a steam cleaner to make it more effective?”

  1. mshonnie Says:

    You sure can add to a steam cleaner to make it more effective just add Vinegar Carpet Solution

    I’ve used just about every kind of carpet cleaner solution in my steam cleaner. None of them compare to one simple cheap solution, which is vinegar mixed with water. I use a solution of about 1 to 10 and am amazed at the results every time. It gets rid of spots that come back to the surface and cleans my steam cleaner at the same time. The vinegar smell does stay around until the carpet is completely dry. I usually spray the carpet down with some no-vacuuming foam afterwards while the carpet is still wet and light some candles.

    Custom Carpet Cleaning Solution

    Add about 3 teaspoons of clear dishwashing liquid (non moisturizing), 1/4 cup of ammonia, and 1/4 cup of vinegar to a few gallons of water. I’ve also used 1/2 cup of vinegar to a few gallons of water. Everything comes out great!

    This Recipe Kills Odors

    I have used grocery store rental carpet machines before and have come up with my own "recipe." Use one scoop of OxiClean, one cup of generic Fabreeze or one cup of vinegar, and the recommended hot water. The outcome is not only clean, but it also kills all odors. I used this formula on a very used couch that smelled of dirty dogs so bad that I would not even bring it into my home and the outcome was wonderful. Do not worry about using vinegar. Once the vinegar dries, the smell is gone

    Tide laundry soap diluted with water in the machine.

    I did and it worked better than the expensive carpet shampoo. It cleaned better, and it did not foam up, so there was no need for defoamer solution. It smelled really nice and it did not leave a residue on my carpet

    Plain Old White Vinegar

    I use plain old white distilled vinegar for all of my carpet cleaning. I have a machine that I use on a regular basis for cleaning carpets in my home. With allergies in the house , this has proven to be a great, inexpensive solution. Just mix it as you would the regular cleaning solution, and when the carpet dries, there will be no more smell from the vinegar. This works great on most stains.

    Simply Simple Green

    I have cleaned my carpets many, many times with those rental machines and I always use Simple Green. It works wonderfully and will make your carpet absolutely new looking. It removes so many tough stains. You can find it at most home improvement type stores and can get a gallon of the stuff for around $10 or less.

    Good Luck !

  2. Fran J Says:

    there is rug shampoos for steamers at your local hardware stor but if you want the best job possible hire a proffesional to do a deep cleaning than keep up with your own steamer.

  3. Melissa R Says:

    a mixture of half white vineger and half water and a bit of dissolved borax works wonders. It neutralizes smells and cleans wonderfully and it is cheap and cheerful!

  4. Kurtis G Says:

    Be careful what yu add. Most cleaners not made for carpet extractors will foam so bad that it’s not feasable to use. If there’s a janitorial supply company nearby, the good carpet cleaner is usualy a little cheaper than "Bissell".
    Bissel does seem to be the best available at retail stores.
    As for odors, I add 1 oz/gallon of solution a product called odorbanz. (Available only at janitorial supply companies.)
    I can’t imagine using vinegar. Not only does it smell, it IS an acid. That caqn’t be good for your carpet!

  5. Sherri M Says:

    I heard a pinch of salt can help get the temperture to rise faster. Heat kills germs. Remember to dry, dampness brings in fleas and yuck.

  6. emgeealex Says:

    Rinse with a little bleach in the rinse water. Just a 1/4 cup per gallon. Enough to disinfect but not enough to remove color.

  7. im_innocent84 Says:

    i actually just did my carpets this weekend. we went to home depot and got some stuff called "Premium Capture". i must say that it works well and my carpets look new again

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