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Old 10-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #29
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Forgot to mention earlier, for no residual - NADA - we use Host carpet cleaner. It's the sawdust looking stuff impregnated with a non-soap cleaner. Drys much faster than water based and vacuums right up... No lingering smell either.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:02 PM   #30
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I'm going to give it a try next time I clean the carpet. Windex & water in a spray bottle so I don't mess up the liquid pump. I've already replaced the pump motor once because of a blown o-ring and don't want to do that again for a while.
Although I haven't tried Windex, I do use ammonia from time to time, which is about the same thing. I've had experiences with 50/50 Vinegar, which does a great job on carpet. After messing up my Hoover with vinegar, I don't intend to put it in the cleaning solution tank on my Big Green! Spraying vinegar from a Windex bottle is a rather slow painful way to do it.

I recently got a Roundup weed sprayer from Lowes which comes with a bunch of different spray nozzles, one of which is a fan spray, intended for spraying stain on wooden fences. This would be idea for applying the vinegar solution to the carpet, upholstery etc. The solution could then be sucked up with Big Green without risking damage to the pump and spray seals.

When I damaged my Hoover, I had cleaned the MH carpet with a vinegar solution, but didn't bother to rinse the vinegar out before quiting for the day. When I went to use it the next morning, when I went to finish the job, it just gushed all over the floor!
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:18 PM   #31
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This worked great for us http://www.instructables.com/id/Year...GONE/?ALLSTEPS
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I have not shampooed our moho carpeting. However at home I treat any stain or spills with a carpet cleaning spray, then use hot water ONLY in my carpet shampooer. I never add commercial shampoo to my machine.
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For those with the pet issues,I have a small shop vac, that I have called the pee & puke vacuum. If the animal pee's or pukes the vacuum is used first. I pull whatever I can up first with the vac and then spray it down with simple green work it in and then pull that up with the vac. and then rinse it down with water and then pull it up till dry. NO dabbing the carpet all that does is push everything down farther, then comes the clean up for the vacuum. I have done this for a few years now, it's the only way I will do pet problems.
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What is TSP?
Tri-sodium phosphate. Widely used cleaning agent. Available at almost any hardware or home center, likely in the paint-prep department.
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Never heard of mixing vinegar with Windex but it's worth a try. My parents removed most of the carpet in their Airstream, it's white go figure, and placed laminate. It's much cleaner. Get rugs that won't trip you however. My Dads a touch anal and the 20 rugs they have is a bit much and quite the obstacle course! Lol
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