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Old 07-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Cleaning Carpet

I just purchase a used Class A and want to clean the carpet. Is it safe to steam clean, and if so, any precautions
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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I've used a Bissell Pro Heat 2X upright
Bissell Deep Cleaners | ProHeat 2X® CleanShot®
on auto interiors, furniture and carpet. It works very, very well and is reasonably priced for as powerful as it is.
It will suck fabric and carpet almost dry. Just open the windows and all will be well in a couple hours or so.
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Just remember there is no such thing as a 'steam cleaner'...all of these units inject water into the carpet....and then the unit vacuums up the water (in simple terms)....don't saturate the carpet by going over a spot over and over again....it will seep down into the wood and well....that will start rot and mold.....
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Motorhome carpets can get incredibly dirty. I don't think there's any reason not to steam clean them. Just be aware that, in motor home construction, manufacturers often use glue hold much of the wood trim in place. I guess if you hit it with too much steam you might loosen some but it's just something to be aware of.

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markhansen.....I just did mine yesterday. I do it once or twice a year depending on how dirty it gets. I clean the carpet once with soap in the machine and then I clean it two more times just using water. I make sure I go over it two or three times after the last rinse to suck up as much water as possible. When I'm done, I use some old car wash towels and wipe the carpet to get up any excess water.

Once done, I open all the windows and turn on the fantastic fan. Soap is what causes your carpet to get dirty so quick, that's why I rinse twice with fresh water. It takes a little longer, but does a better job.
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Cleaning hint use less soap than they say and then use .5 cup vinegar per gallon of water for the rinse also if you hire some one to do go with a top of the line cleaning company. Avoid the guys driving around the campground washing rigs.
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We carry " Little Green " from Bissell . We use it twice during a 5 month trip. DW vacuums three times a week( once for each person or dog in MH ). When we get home the carpets get steamed cleaned with a Hoover upright. No soap is ever used. http://www.bissell.com/little-green-deep-cleaner/
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We have kept beautiful rugs on the carpet of the last three rvs we have had and when we sold them, the carpet still looked new. Nothing like dirty ugly carpet to cut the value. These are not just throw rugs. High end carpets that can be cleaned.
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Stanley steamer, let them do it. The floors in most decent rv's use exterior plywood for the floor you should not have a problem.
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not only will excess soap make your carpet get dirtier quicker, any stain that has penetrated the backing of the carpet will eventually wic to the surface and there is your dirty carpet all over again. Too hot of water, too much water will dissolve the latex that hold the backing onto the carpet. Plus then your mildew problem.
High end coaches use a mixture of wood- Fleetwood, Winnebago uses a vacubond system. Newmar, Monaco, Alpine, etc use OSB. Foretravel uses interior plywood. Bluebird used a marine grade plywood.
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