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What can I use as a substitute carpet shampoo for my carpet cleaner?

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I have a Kirby vacuum that has a carpet cleaning attachment. I want to clean my living room carpet while my couches are out being reupholstered but I don't have enough "official Kirby shampoo" & I don't want to go out just to buy it. Is there any other things anyone has experience using?




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White vinegar in the water with no detergent is excellent and leaves no smell behind. A professional friend of ours told my husband he always uses vinegar when doing carpets in a rental or dormitories. Regular cleaning and spot cleansers cause a build-up which makes dirt stick to the carpet fibers.


We just purchased a new carpet cleaning machine and I plan to use only white vinegar.


With all of that said, I have always heard that small amounts of liquid Tide and baby shampoo are two of the best choices if you are out of the official cleaning solution.

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