How to Clean Berber Carpet

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Berber carpet is best cleaned by avoiding the use of a brush on a vacuum in favor of simple suction. Try using baking soda, vinegar and water to soak up carpet stains before using a vacuum with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I am going to teach you how to clean Berber carpet. I have Berber carpet in my home, and I did make the mistake of buying the lightest color Berber carpet possible so it's almost white, so I clean it very often. I have a little kid, you know, I have a three year old, I have a cat, I have guests so I do end up cleaning it a lot, but it is easier to clean than regular carpet from what I hear. I've never had anything but Berber, but I hear it's a lot easier, and the idea behind the way they made it, you know, it makes sense. It was created in Africa. They decided to weave the the carpet really tightly so that dirt and things could not penetrate it as easily. The bad side to this is the little loops of the fibers can get caught in things and you can, you know, unravel it. The best way to avoid this is not to use the brush on your vacuum. If you have a vacuum... This is my vacuum, and it has a brush underneath, but I have the option to turn the brush off so it just does the suction. It's not doin' the brush along with it. The brush, you know, can catch up in the in the carpet and make it look a little worn. It also is excellent because it doesn't show traction as much. So anyway, if you want to clean it this is what I do. If you have somethin' spill on your carpet always grab the baking soda as quick as you can; sprinkle it on the spill. Let it soak the spill up. Don't let it sit for too long, because you don't want the stain to get into your carpet. Just let it sit on there, grab your vacuum, and vacuum it up. Repeat this process until the baking soda is no longer balling up. That means it's not absorbing any more moisture. And if you are left with a stain grab some vinegar and water. Vinegar is so cheap. It's the easiest thing to clean with, and it works really well with stains. This is a spray bottle of vinegar and water that you can keep around the house. You just want to spray the stain, and the reason vinegar and water is so great for stains is vinegar will eliminate any odor on the spot. If you have pets and you are, you know, house training your dog, teachin' him to go potty outside, then you want to have vinegar and water on hand. This will get rid of the urine smell. You may have to scrub it in a little bit. Just be careful cause' it is Berber, you know. You want to use a soft bristle toothbrush. You may need to use a sponge. And then, let it air dry or you can step on a towel to dry it, whatever you choose. You can buy a commercial carpet cleaners if you want, you know, the other brands; ones that are made for pet odors and things like that, but I have found on my nearly white Berber carpet the best thing to clean it is vinegar and water. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you clean Berber carpet.