How to Clean Carpets With Vinegar & Windex

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Cleaning your carpets with a mixture of vinegar and Windex can produce cleaning results close to what you get from a professional carpet cleaning service. When mixing cleaners it is important to never mix chlorine with vinegar or Windex to avoid creating harmful fumes. It is a good rule of thumb to keep the windows open when you are mixing cleaners because the fumes can be overwhelming.

Things You'll Need

  • Windex
  • Vinegar
  • Steam cleaner
  • Windex Multi-Surface Spray or Wipes with Vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Terry cloth

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Cleaning a Large Carpet Area

Mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup Windex in hot water.

Pour this mixture into your steam cleaner, or rent a cleaner if you need to do a very large carpeted area.

Clean the entire carpet with the steam cleaner.

Leave the windows open and let the carpet dry.

Spot Cleaning Your Carpet

Purchase Windex Multi-Surface Wipes or Spray with Vinegar.

Spray or wipe the soiled carpet area. If the area is very soiled you can leave the wipe on the soiled area or saturate the area with the spray.

Use a scrub brush, if needed, to distribute the vinegar and Windex solution into the fibers of the carpet.

Blot the saturated area with a terry cloth towel until the excess moisture has been removed and the stain is gone.

If needed, repeat steps to remove other stains from your carpet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Windex and vinegar used to only be used for windows but now it is being used for cleaning a variety of surfaces in your home. Take a look at the Windex Products FAQs in the "Resources" section.
  • Open windows when mixing cleaners and cleaning carpets to avoid inhaling fumes.


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