How can I clean a car’s carpet without a machine?

The carpet in my car needs a deep clean, but I’m on a tight budget. I can’t spend the money to have it professionally done or rent a cleaning machine. How can I clean my car’s carpet without a machine?

Answer
Having your car’s carpet cleaned professionally can be expensive. Fortunately, there are cheap, budget-friendly alternatives that use common household items.
Before you can start cleaning, gather the following:
  • A vacuum or a broom
  • A bucket
  • A spray bottle
  • A nylon-bristled brush
  • Microfiber cloths or soft towels
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • A hairdryer
Once you have all the supplies handy, begin to clean using the following steps:
  • Remove loose items from the car like garbage, personal belongings, and floor mats.
  • Vacuum the vehicle, including any removed floor mats. If you do not have a vacuum, use a broom or brush to clean as best you can.
  • Make the cleaning solution in a bucket by mixing one gallon of hot water, one cup of white vinegar, and a bit of dish soap.
  • Fill a spray bottle with the solution and liberally apply the solution to the carpet without soaking it.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes, so the solution can be adequately absorbed.
  • Scrub the carpet in a circular motion using a nylon-bristled brush.
  • Rinse the carpet to remove the solution by dabbing a cloth or towel damp with clean water.
  • Dry the carpet using towels and a hairdryer.
  • Let the car air out by parking in the sun and opening the doors.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 11, 2021
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