Carpet cleaning, for some people, is complicated and takes time. However, it can be avoided because carpet has many advantages and merits as flooring decoration. You may be annoyed when there are spills which leave stains. To make your carpet last longer and look better, you should learn how to clean the carpet. There are many methods in carpet cleaning such as vacuuming, stain removal and deep cleaning.
We know that your favorite rugs or carpets give more color in our room. They provide more texture and pattern to warm the house. Vacuuming regularly is the simplest way in cleaning grit and dirt.
However, vacuuming can damage the carpet fibers. It’s a dilemma because carpets need to be cleaned occasionally to look good. You should make a plan to clean the carpet every 12 to 18 months. And clean more often on area which is highly traffic.
Specifically, for light color carpets or you have kids or pets, you’d better to clean carpets two or three times in a year. Remember, to always follow the guidelines from the manufacturer.
- Checking for Colorfastness
When you clean or remove stains, colorfast carpet will not fade, change or bleed. If you know that your carpets are colorfast or not, then you can decide the method of cleaning your carpets. There are the ways on how to pretest the colorfastness of your carpet.
First, get a piece of carpet or unnoticeable spot of the carpet such as inside the closet. Then vacuum the carpet. Wet a cloth using stain remover or cleaner you will use. Put the cloth over the carpet for about an hour. Then spot the damp area with a dry white cloth. If the white cloth stained with carpet dyes, check using other cleaning products until you get one which doesn’t make your carpets bleed.
- Steps of Carpet Cleaning
When you will clean the carpets, make sure to always protect your sub-floor, furniture and carpet padding. Like the first time of placing rugs and carpet, ask a help from someone to remove furniture outside the room in which the carpet will be cleaned. Carefully vacuum the carpet.
You can rent the professional cleaner. Some carpet manufacturers recommend this way. If you will use a wet extraction method, you should ensure the carpet will dry totally in 24 hours. If not, the mold and mildew will grow in the carpet. Also it is to stop moisture from destructing the floor under the carpets.
- Having a Carpet Cleaning System
If your house is full of kids or pets and your carpets’ color is light, you should buy your professional style model for your home use. Having home cleaners will save your money for long time. It is cheaper when you compare with hiring a professional cleaner several times in a year.
However, the cleaning power model you will buy may not as good as the professional models will do.
- Water Extraction System
Mostly, carpet cleaning system at home is called water extraction units. Some people also called it steam cleaners. They are injecting a solution to the carpet pile. Then it pulls the dirty back to the machine. If you don’t want to be complicated with dragging the hose all through the house, you can choose the model which doesn’t need to be connected with clean-water.
Get the most powerful and affordable machine. It will ease the water extraction. When you use steam cleaner, make sure not all carpets are over wet. The over wetted carpets can damage the back and under side of the carpet. It can cause odor, discoloration and shrinkage.
- Dry Extraction System
Other option to carpet cleaning at home is called dry extraction method. What you have to do, firstly, is to spread a dry absorbent compound on the carpets you will be cleaned. Then you should vacuum the carpet with cleaning machine.
Normally, dry extraction system is better than steam cleaners. However, dry machines and chemicals are pricier than steamers and wet extraction solutions.
Renting a Carpet Cleaner
You can rent a high quality steam cleaner from rental center or grocery store to add more power. The rental fees and cleaning solutions price will be more affordable to your budget. The cleaning solutions are such as odor removers, defoamer, shampoo, spot removers and many more.
However, it is more valuable in carpet cleaning if your carpet doesn’t have dirt at all when your children are grown and you don’t have pets.