Whether you have a carpet that covers the whole floor, or you have a throw rug, you will eventually come to the time when you will need to clean them. Taking your carpets to a professional every single time they get dirty or stained, isn’t very cost or time-effective. This article goes over various ways to about how to clean carpet at home.
How To Vacuum Your Carpet
Vacuuming your home regularly and correctly can reduce the frequency of deep cleans you will need. If you get a lot of movement in your home, you might need to vacuum two or three times a week. Conversely, you should clean a carpet with regular traffic once a week.
Also, you have to choose the right vacuum cleaner for carpet. Using the wrong one reduces the effectiveness of your work, and can damage your carpet. Vacuums have a labeling system which rates them on three conditions; dust control, soil elimination, and carpet appearance. If the vacuum cleaner passes those three tests, they get a Green Label.
- Remove small objects from the area you want to vacuum. Small objects that can’t be vacuumed up can cause damage to your vacuum cleaner and weaken its suction.
- When vacuuming, you should take your time to go over each section of the carpet slowly. If you’re too fast, it doesn’t give the vacuum cleaner enough time to pick up everything.
- When you’re done with the whole carpet, empty your vacuum bag and go over the carpet again, this time in the opposite direction. This ensures you have the best results, and it helps you get rid of most of the dirt. You don’t have to do this all the time, do it once in a while, so you don’t need a deep clean frequently.
- Many vacuum cleaners come with attachments so you can clean hard to reach places. Make sure to use them to the fullest to get the most out of your vacuum session. You can use the upholstery attachment to reach those hidden nooks in your furniture and the hose attachment to vacuum your stairs.
How to Clean Carpet Deeply With Carpet Cleaner
Maintaining a clean carpet is essential, so your carpet doesn’t get damaged from excessive cleaning. However, when you notice your carpet has gotten some shades darker, then it is time for a deep clean. Using a carpet cleaner is the most common way of deep cleaning your carpet at home. You can either buy a carpet cleaner or rent one. There are many vacuums with thorough carpet cleaning facility using shampooing and drying.
Vacuum the whole area
The first step in deep cleaning your carpet is to clear the entire area of furniture and small objects. Afterwards, vacuum the whole carpet thoroughly to remove any dirt trapped between the fibers.
Pre-spray stained areas to Clean Carpet Stains
The next step is to clean carpet stains by spraying all the discolored and stained areas with enzyme cleaners or carpet shampoo. Let it hold for 10 minutes before you start cleaning. This step helps to loosen tough stains, making it easier to remove them while cleaning. Enzyme cleaners also help to eliminate odors.
Clean the carpet
You can even rent a carpet cleaner from a carpet cleaning shop if you don’t want to maintain one. Familiarize yourself with the controls and operations so the cleaning won’t be difficult for you. After that, pour in a solution of hot water and shampoo, according to the instructions on the carpet cleaner.
The above video shows about How to Use A Carpet Cleaner
To clean the carpet, move the machine over sections of the carpet as it sprays it with the cleaning solution. After that, move it back over the same segments to suck the water back up. Try not to spray too much cleaning solution, to avoid damaging the floor beneath.Also, try to get as much water as possible out of the carpet with the carpet cleaner.
- Neutralize the detergent: This is a step that you can ignore but has long-term benefits to your carpet. Prepare a mixture of one cup of vinegar for every gallon of hot water, and pour it into the carpet cleaner’s tank. Repeat the same process as cleaning the carpet, making sure that you remove as much moisture as possible with the carpet cleaner. This step helps to remove bad odors, reduce any detergent residue left behind, and also kills bacteria and mold.
- Dry the carpet: It is always best to allow your carpet air dry for 24 hours before you step on it.
How To Dry Clean Your Carpet
Dry cleaning agents for your carpet mostly contain powder and solution that are formulated to break down dirt in your carpet. If you want to remove stains in your carpet, then you should go for a carpet cleaner because dry cleaning doesn’t remove stains.
Vacuum the area
As usual, the first step before you start any cleaning on your carpet is to vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Also, move any furniture in your way and pick up small objects.
Sprinkle the cleaning agent onto the carpet
Sprinkle the dry cleaning solution over the carpet according to the directions on the label. Make sure you don’t use too much and also ensure it is spread evenly all over the carpet. Some dry cleaning solutions require you to press the solution into the carpet fibers using a brush, while others have to stay on the carpet for up to 20 minutes.
Vacuum the carpet
When the cleaning solution has stayed long enough on the carpet, the next and final step is to vacuum it off the carpet. Ensure you have removed all the powder by going over the rug a few times on each section. The rug doesn’t need to dry, and you can use it immediately after.
Natural Carpet Cleaning Methods
There are also natural ways to deep clean your carpet if you don’t like the idea of using chemicals, or if someone in your house is prone to allergies.
Baking soda is an active cleaning agent for most purposes. You can apply a little baking soda to a stain, or the entire carpet, and brush it off with an old toothbrush or a cloth rag and warm water. This method works for many stains, and you can also use baking soda instead of detergent in your carpet cleaner.
Vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner, and it does an excellent job of deep cleaning your carpet. Prepare a mixture of a tablespoon of dishwashing soap, a quarter teaspoon of white vinegar,and a quart of water.
Club soda works very well in removing blood and wine stains. Spray a little amount on the stain and rub it off.