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Old 01-29-2012, 11:38 AM  
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Default Can I shampoo and shop vac my carpets?

Back in 1995 I worked at a car dealership as a lot porter. I had to clean many cars. I was taught to use a shampoo on the upholstery and use a shop vac to vacuum up the moisture. The simple materials cleaned up very nicely. I don't even know if that was an appropriate way to clean car carpet, but it always did a nice job at refreshing things.

I have a couple well traffic'd areas of my house. I've spilled coffee there too. Its not a big enough area that warrent getting my house steam cleaned or renting the device at the grocery store, but its larger than I can do easily with a bottle of resolve or something. I want to know if I can spray and work in a little stain remover, shampoo, and suck all that stuff up with a shop vac to refresh the carpet like I did on cars when I was a kid.

Any suggestions on if this could work, and what inexpensive products I should use. Total areas in my house that need to be hit like this might be under 25 square feet.

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Better than nothing.

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:06 PM  
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Carpets are put together with latex glue. Don't get it too wet or it will delaminate. Also the pad will mold if it gets too wet.

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Best product I've found for this is 'spot-shot' comes in an aerosol can and foams up. if you work it in with a stiff bristle brush, similar to a dish-brush then vacuum it out, it works. I have never used it on a large area, but it takes red wine right out of carpet.
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I You can shampoo the carpets but you need to dry them quickly so that they not lost their shine

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