Best Techniques To Clean Your Carpet
Carpets are always the first thing to suffer in your home when things get a little dirty.
You just can’t avoid it; we track dirt from outside, we spill drinks, and drop crumbs.
From pets to kids, and everything in-between, your carpet will take a beating on a daily basis.
There are many methods of cleaning your carpet, but in this post I am going to show you only the best. These are the same techniques our cleaning service in Chicago uses.
The first and most important method of cleaning your carpet is maintenance.
Vacuuming once a day goes a long way. Vacuuming once every couple of days, if you can’t find the time, and vacuuming once a week is the bare minimum.
So bare that in mind when you take a look at the following techniques and put them into practice, you will be shocked on how well they work.
Stains: The club soda/white vinegar method
You have probably heard that using club soda and white vinegar is a very effective way to get rid of certain stains.
And that is true, using club soda and white vinegar on stains such as beer and wine is very effective, but only if you use it correctly.
Here’s what you need to do: First, blot the area with the soda on a cloth.
If the stain refuses to vanish, try mixing one part white vinegar with one part water and pour it into a (previously emptied and clean) handheld sprayer.
Spray the solution and leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then press a clean sponge onto the area to soak up the mixture and the stain.
When the stain has gone, rinse the spot with water and using your hand, brush the carpet hairs in their natural direction.
Leave some paper towels weighed down by a heavy object on the spot for about a day to fully dry.
General Cleaning: Powders
Cleaning your carpet with powder is a great way to get your carpet looking fresh and smelling clean.
You can use branded carpet powders or baking soda for the same results.
Simply sprinkle cleaning powder or baking soda quite liberally over your carpet.
Wait for around 30 minutes (if you can leave it overnight the effects will last even longer) because this gives the cleaner time to work.
Vacuum the powder and enjoy the results.
General cleaning: Shampoos
Using carpet shampoo is one of the most popular methods of cleaning a carpet.
There are plenty of carpet shampoos on the market so when using one, make sure you check the label for guidance as the application process is not universal.
Simply follow the directions on your particular brand of carpet shampoo and cover the area you wish to clean.
Try not to soak your carpet as doing so will increase drying time.
Leave your carpet for a sufficient amount of time. And once it has dried, proceed to vacuum.
General cleaning: The steam clean
Steam cleaning is a great method of keeping your carpet in top notch condition, but with one caveat: just don’t overdo it.
You should steam clean your carpet every six months because regularly steaming your carpet can cause damage.
Always read the guidelines for your particular steam cleaner because different types of carpet will require different types of solutions.
First vacuum the floor thoroughly, so you don’t overwork your steam cleaner.
Make sure you start in the far corner, cleaning in straight lines to ensure you don’t miss any dirt.
After that, all you have to do is wait until your carpet dries.
General cleaning & stains: The organic method
If you would rather use natural cleaning products instead of regular general cleaning products, remember that there are many everyday household products you can use.
Tonic water is great for getting out coffee stains, and salt is a great way to soak up fresh stains and get rid of dirt and mud.
So, there you have it. Listed above are the best techniques to clean your carpet.
Whether you wanted to know how to deep clean (steam clean method) or you wanted to get out a tricky stain (club soda method) or you wanted to get your carpet smelling fresh (baking soda method) I revealed all the best ways in this post. These are professional techniques that our Chicago cleaning service maids use, so please try them yourself!
As long as you remember that maintenance is key to keeping a carpet clean, and you remember all the tricks and hacks in this post, your carpets will always be safe from dirt and stains.
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