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Routine carpet cleaning is important and an occasional steam clean is a great option if you want to freshen up your carpets, prevent the spread of allergens and bacteria, remove carpet stains or just get your bond back. No need to hire a professional carpet cleaner! Here's how to do it yourself.


1Vacuum first

Before you begin your steam clean, move your furniture out of the way and give your carpet a good vacuum, using the vacuum cleaner you already have at home. The more loose dirt you can vacuum up at this stage the easier the rest of the job will be.

Once you've done this, take a trip to your local Bunnings and hire one of our special carpet cleaning machines – they're inexpensive and a great way to get that professional clean at home by doing it yourself.

2Spot spray

Before you get started, find any stains and give them a good spot spray with your stain remover. Let the spray soak in for ten minutes, then blot with a clean damp cloth. Work from the outside of the stain towards the middle.

Once you've treated all your spot stains, give the carpet another vacuum.

A person kneeling and spraying carpet with Bri-Tex Spot-n-Stain

3Apply your de-foamer

This is really important – apply two capfuls of your de-foamer into ‘Tank A'. If you don't do this step your dirty water is going to overflow onto your newly cleaned carpet – and no one wants that! Don't forget to put the lid back on.

Person pouring detergent into steam cleaner.

4Add some tap water

Add 9 litres of hot tap water into ‘Tank B' and three capfuls of carpet cleaner. Once you've done all that, you're ready to go.

5Start your steam clean

Press the ‘Pump' and ‘Vac' button to start cleaning. This isn't like vacuuming – use long, slow strokes and drag your nozzle across your carpet. 

A woman in Bunnings uniform steam cleaning a carpet

6You're ready to vacuum the moisture

Once you've soaked your carpet, vacuum up all your moisture. Remember to check ‘Tank A' every now and again to throw out your dirty water – you'll be amazed at the grossness you've managed to suck up. Once you've finished, give your carpet a few hours to fully dry before moving your furniture back in.

A person steam cleaning a carpet

7And you're done!

How easy was that? Not only does your carpet look fantastic, it also smells great too! You're ready for your rent inspection and you've saved a heap of cash in the process.

8Watch more from the Make It Yours home office episode

For more handy projects, check out the home office makeover by Keira Rumble from Make It Yours season one.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.