Keeping your carpets free of stains and dirt can be tiresome, especially if you have pets and kids at home. Do you have limited storage space? That means you probably don’t own a vacuum because you don’t have a handy spot for one. Whatever the reasons, if you have carpets and no vacuum in your home, you don’t have to despair. Here’s how to clean your carpet without vacuum cleaners:
Use a carpet sweeper
A carpet sweeper is a nifty manual sweeper that doesn’t use too much space. It helps you sweep off the dust and debris as well as other particles—sometimes, even gobs of cat fur or dog fur—from your carpet fibers. Best of all, it’s sound free and it works quickly. For those days when you don’t want to disturb everyone else in your home but want to get a head start on your cleaning chores, this is a must-have. If you don’t have one of these in your storage then this is a solid addition to your cleaning closet.
Go for a broom
Aside from a carpet sweeper, you can also do it old-school: use a broom to beat those fibers back into submission. Make sure you get the right one, though. Browse through options from well-known brands for a look at brooms with bristles tough and sturdy enough to get the job done, says How Stuff Works.
One of the best ways to keep your carpet clean is to put some foot mats in your home, says Lifehacker. That can help reduce the amount of dirt and debris people track in when they step inside your home.
Provide home slippers
You could also provide guests with home slippers. If you’ve just cleaned carpets and rugs, the last thing you want is for guests to leave dark marks on those pristine fibers. By providing them with slippers, you don’t just reduce the amount of dirt coming into your home, it also helps reduce the amount of cleaning that would be otherwise required.
Use sponge mops
You could also use sponge mops on your carpets and rugs. It’s a good tool since it picks up piles of leaves, dust and even hair. It also has the handy-side of leaving the impression that your carpets have been steamed. If you want to keep your carpets dirt-free but want to avoid the noise or storage space that a vacuum consumes, then this is a good option to consider.
Shake the rug outside
If your carpets and rugs are small enough that you can easily roll them up on your own, bring them outside and shake them to dislodge the dirt. This can go a long way to getting a lot of the surface dirt and other particles out of the way. However, this only works if your carpets and rugs are thin enough. If they are thick and require more than one person or two persons at a time, it is best to leave them to experts who can deal it better.