How to Steam Clean Carpets with Borax

We all vacuum our carpets regularly to keep it clean of dirt and debris, but steam cleaning is the only way to really get rid of caked-in dust, ground-in dirt, and packed-in grime. Thing is you don’t need to hire a professional carpet cleaner to get your carpet looking like new.

All you need is all-natural 20 Mule Team® Borax! Make this borax solution and add it to your carpet steamer. For the best results, make sure to vacuum thoroughly before running the carpet steamer. This will make sure that the carpet steamer can deal with spots and stains exclusively.

Also make sure to clear the room of all furniture before you work on the carpet. If it isn’t possible to get the furniture out, you can protect them by sliding wax paper or aluminum foil underneath their feet. This will keep them from absorbing moisture and getting damp from the steam cleaning.

Keep in mind that your carpets will take around twenty-four hours to dry completely.

Here's what you need

  • Borax
  • Hot water
  • Carpet steam cleaner


Step 1

Vacuum carpet thoroughly

Step 2

Dissolve 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax per gallon of hot water

Step 3

Treat spots and stains using 20 Mule Team® Borax solution

Step 4

Move or protect your furniture with wax paper or foil

Perform a spot test

Steam clean your carpet


On fresh spills, use 20 Mule Team® Borax to clean up the mess. First blot the spill with a clean cloth or paper towel. Then spray the spot with ice water. Afterwards, sprinkle the spot with borax and cover with a damp cloth. Continue to blot and absorb with the cloth until the spot is gone!