Carpet Cleaning : Sure-Fire Tips

There’s no question that your daily or weekly vacuuming makes your  carpet  look fresh and newer but it’s not enough to protect your  carpet  from dirt, debris, and oily film deposits that go with this debris. You can’t avoid the oily debris. It comes from cooking vapor, the air, the bottoms of your feet, your pets, and a host of other places. So you’ll need to  clean  your  carpets  regularly. Follow these  carpet   cleaning  tips to get the best job done.

Clean Frequently

 Carpets  should be  cleaned  every 12 months. This ensures that the oil film doesn’t get so thick it discolors your  carpets . If you live by yourself or there’s just two of you then every 18 months will probably be suffice. If there is more than 5 of you then you’ll probably need to do your  carpets  every 6 months.

Hiring A Professional

You should consider hiring a professional to  clean  your  carpets . A professional  cleaner  is trained, that’s why he or she is a professional and they will know which type of  cleaning  is best for your  carpet . The professional will come with a heavy duty hot water extraction system which will be used to spray your  carpets  with water and detergent and then to suck back the water and oil into a tank in their vehicle.

Do It Yourself

If you decide to rent a steam  cleaning  machine and do your own  carpets  you need to realize that the rental equipment is not nearly as powerful as the pro’s equipment so you won’t get as deep a  clean . You also need to realize that some of these machines can damage your  carpet  so be sure you know what you are renting.

Powerless Retail Rentals

Choose your retail rental  carpet   cleaner  carefully because many of these lack power meaning you might land up with a  carpet  that’s too wet and not enough power to suck the water up. This could end up damaging your  carpet . Make sure you do your research and that you know what you are renting

Easy On The Water

Pretend like there’s a water shortage and use water sparingly. If you use too much water and your  carpets  are wet for more than 24 hours you can develop mold and mildew growth which is bad for your health. Never mind those interesting odors that seep out of the  carpet .

Leave No Trace

Choose a solution that leaves no or little residue behind. The PH of the cleaning solution should be around 9 and it should always be less than 10. If you are left with that sticky residue your  carpets  will pick up more residue and pick it up quicker.

Wool  Carpets 

Wool  carpets  are different than the synthetic blends. They require a special solution that is designed for wool and the natural fibers. Make sure the solutions PH is no higher than 8 and no lower than 5.

Stop The Stains

If your  carpets  are already treated with a stain resistant treatment you need you use a  cleaner  that’s designed to work with this treatment. Any other  cleaner  will destroy the stainguard treatment already on the  carpets  which could cause discoloration and void the warranty.

Less Dry Time

After you’ve  cleaned  your  carpet  places fans around the room to push air across the  carpet . This will reduce the time it takes to dry the  carpets  and the risk of mold and mildew. If you have a dehumidifier use it to pull the moisture out. An air conditioner will also pull moisture out. Your  carpet  should be dry in 12 hours or less.

Following these  carpet   cleaning  tips will have your  carpets  looking fresh and  clean  and it will extend their life.  Carpets  are expensive so the longer you can make them last the better!

Source by John Murray

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