Although vacuuming everyday can help with getting rid of dust and dirt, deep cleaning your carpet is recommended in order to give it a good thorough cleaning. Deep cleaning your carpet is also advised particularly if your carpet is heavily soiled or has not been cleaned in weeks or even months. Professional carpet cleaning services do this, although if you have enough time, you can do it yourself. Here are the steps for deep cleaning your carpet.
First of all you will need a steam cleaner. You have the option to either buy or rent one. When you rent the machine, everything that you need is usually already included as far as the equipment goes. You will likely have to purchase the cleaning solutions separately.
The first thing you want to do is vacuum your carpet. Next, spray the pre-treatment solution on the carpet. If your carpet is a bit dirtier, you should increase the amount of the pre-treatment rather than the actual cleaning solution. The steam cleaner will come with a hose and a container. Place hot water in the container following the instructions in the machine’s manual. When cleaning the carpet, it is important to remember not to soak it with too much water as you might damage the floor underneath it. Keep in mind that you can always add more but you cannot take back.
After this, you will be performing a process called water extraction. You will know if the water extraction was done correctly by placing your hand on the carpet. If you remove your hand and find water droplets or that there is still an excessive amount of moisture, it means that you need to extract again. If you place your hand on the carpet and it just feels damp then it means you have extracted it properly. Remember that your carpet is still not completely dried so avoid walking on it. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours. Opening your windows and switching on some fans will help speed up the process.
If you want your carpet to look clean longer, you may want to steam it with a solution consisting of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water. If you have pets at home, there are solutions available which are designed specifically to clean and remove pet stains and pet hair. deep house cleaning services