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Steam Cleaning Salt from Carpets

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Spring is coming....

 

Time to start thinking about getting the salt out of my carpets. In the past, I would pay the local detail shop to do it. Time to DIY it and save some $$.

 

My thoughts are to get a good steam cleaner, and use a wet/dry vacuum to pull out the dissolved salt. Any suggestions on a good quality steamer, for personal use.

 

Also open to a combo extractor /steamer if someone has a suggestion.

 

Thanks

Michael

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Salt is water soluble. Warm water is your best bet. Saturate with water. Vacuum. Steam clean and treat (assuming you're still going the steamer route). Treat with carpet and upholstery cleaner, agitate with a brush, and repeat with steamer as needed. Vacuum and let dry. Cockpit brush to revive the pile and refresh the fibers. The steamer would help breakdown stubborn more resilient stains but I wouldn't consider it a necessity. Depends how bad you want a steamer. stay away from steamers made in Cleveland ;)

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Some may disagree with me on this, but it is a floor mat.  I just take them to the car wash and clip them to those mat holders they have on the walls and spray them with water (no soap) until the water runs clear.  Never had a problem either.

 

This works great for floor mats since they can be removed. I usually go a step further and will scrub them down with Carpet cleaner and a carpet brush before hosing them out.

 

I recommend bissel

 

Have one and this is what I use for the actual carpet since the salt soaks in past the floor mats usually. Wish it was stronger, but I can't complain for the money.

 

OP I'd suggest an extractor for this over a steamer. The steamer won't fully pull it out in my experience. But my recommendation is the Mcculloch steamer for jobs that need steam.

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The easiest way to take off all the salt from the carpets is by washing it with warm water. Although, you can call a carpet cleaning guy to get the work done for you. Many of the hotel carpets can also be used at home as they require cleaning less often and last longer.

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Extraction is the way to go... and you can do it inexpensive. The Bissel Little Green Machine Pro Heat is around $99 most places. Its not a professional tool by any stretch, but if its just for your own personal use its more than capable of handling something like this. Plus, if you've got kids and/or pets you'll find yourself using it all the time around the house!

 

Load up the tank with a dilution of Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner and I'm a kid stain removing machine! LOL

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Many things can accidentally fall on the Carpet , so you must be ready for cleaning.. If you want to protect your carpet from spills, better doing the DIY cleaning then to call the professional for Carpet cleaning. Search on the Google and find the best way to remove stains and spills  from the Carpet,

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