You recently noticed that your carpets are stained in many places and in spite of regular vacuuming, there is also a lot of dust that has got accumulated. It is very important to keep your carpets clean at all times or it may harbor dust mites, tiny insects or allergens which can make you and your children unhealthy. Also, the sight of stained carpets and rugs are displeasing to the eye. There are so many carpet cleaning methods available these days and how do you know which one is the best for you.
There are specialized dry cleaning systems and machines now available for cleaning your carpets and beautify them. This method is very useful if you want the carpets to be cleaned and dried rapidly in very less time. ‘Very low moisture’ or VLM techniques are applied to clean out the carpets by this method.
For stain removal, a pretreatment procedure is done using a chemical or detergent or emulsifier which is applied to the soiled area and left for less than fifteen minutes. Then the dry cleaning system is applied which uses high agitation to remove the stains or soil particles that have got embedded between the carpet fibers.
This method is best used for offices, buildings or homes which have wall to wall carpeting for an extensive area. The technique is quick and rapid and the carpets are dry for use within twenty four hours. Though slightly more expensive, this cleaning method requires very less labor when compared to others.
This is also a routinely employed method though not as desirable as dry cleaning as the drying time is high and there is the constant worry of odor and formation of fungi and molds while the drying process is under way. Pre treatment procedures have to be employed here also for removal of stains, soil particles and dust but the application time of the detergent or chemical has to be much longer as the rate of agitation in a wet cleaning system is much lower.
The two common methods that fall under this category is the steam cleaning and shampoo method. The former carpet cleaning technique makes use of a pressurized automatic machine for hot water extraction using dry detergents and crystals to remove dirt and stains. Shampooing of the carpets is done using a rotary machine and was the preferred way to cleans carpets till the advent of dry cleaning techniques. The disadvantage of using this method is that the shampoo leaves behind powder residues which can attract dirt and hence you will end up vacuuming your carpet the very next day after cleaning .
Household cleaning techniques
Though less effective than the others, there are certain house hold techniques that can be employed for carpet cleaning to maintain them beautiful and free of stains and dust in the long run. One such method is regular vacuuming which can be of great help in drawing out dust particles and soil that get embedded on the outer layers of the carpet .
There are many stain removal detergents and powders available in the market which can also be used. Make sure that you use it only on a small area at first. Apply the solution or chemical and then leave it to act followed by which you can use a hand held brush to clean out the stain or dirt.
Keeping your carpets clean can be a daunting task but this is necessary to make your home look beautiful and neat.