Cleaning your own carpet can be a great way to save some money. If it is not done properly, however, you can end up with quite a mess. This article will provide you with tips on using a rental carpet cleaner on your carpets at home.
The first thing you have to do is find a good carpet cleaning machine. You can find them at most home improvement and supermarkets. Look for one in good condition that isn’t too beat up or old. The older the machine, the weaker the vacuum and water pump probably is. Find a machine in good condition and also purchase the carpet cleaning shampoo that is sold with the machines. Do not even think about using dish soap or any other homemade concoction.
The first step, once you get the machine home is to thoroughly pre-vacuum your carpet. Do not overlook this step because soil is much easier to remove when it is dry. Go over the carpet in several different directions, taking your time.
The next step is where I will differ from the directions on the carpet cleaning machine. They usually want you to fill the machine with a shampoo solution. This means that you are rinsing with the solution and you will leave a lot of residue. Instead, mix the cleaning solution in a separate pump-up sprayer. You can find one gallon garden sprayers at any home improvement store. Now spray the carpet evenly with the cleaner. Do not over wet the carpet, spray the solution evenly and then let it dwell for 5 to 10 minutes. Dwell time will allow the solution to break down and absorb the soils.
Next, fill the carpet cleaning machine with plain warm water. After letting the solution dwell, you will make a pass over the carpeting to rinse the cleaning solution out. If your carpet is heavily soiled or you used a lot of cleaning solution, you may need to make two passes over the carpet. Your goal here is to remove as much of the cleaner as possible in order to leave the least amount of residue.
Finally it is time to dry your carpets. The quicker you get them dry, the less likely it is that spots will return and the less likely you are to get water marks. Turn your ceiling fans on and get out any portable fans you have and aim them at the carpet. If it is a nice dry day, open your windows or doors. The more airflow you get to your room the better.
Well, that’s it. That’s all there is to it. Just remember to take your time and do not take shortcuts. Follow these simple steps and you can easily clean your own carpet.
Choosing The Right Carpet Cleaner
Choosing a decent carpet cleaner is a lot easier said than done as there are so many carpet cleaning companies, each one claiming to be the best. So deciding which one is the best for you can be very hard. However, if you follow the tips below, you will have no problems finding a carpet cleaner which is ideal for you and your home.
First of all, you should know what your choices are in cleaning methods and you should also know which
one is the one you’ll want to choose, as there are several available to choose from. A dry extraction type of cleaning will use a compound that contains detergents what will free stains and dirt which will
then allow them to be vacuumed up.
Dry foam on the other hand may be used by applying foam to the carpet and then vacuuming it up with a
wet vacuum. You can also choose a vacuum that uses stronger chemicals and a stronger suction to get
dirt up. For your needs, you should choose the vacuum accordingly.
Once you know your options, talk to family and friends for their recommendations. There are several places on the internet that offer reviews for local as well as nationwide carpet cleaners.
You can also get estimates as well. Find out what the professionals charge and what is considered to be extra. You should also find out what chemicals are going to be used, how long the process will take, and whether or not they plan to move any furniture.
You’ll want to make sure that chemicals used are going to be safe for you, your children, and also your pets. If you are using a professional company, you’ll want to let them know what type of carpet you have. If you don’t let them know and you have a type of carpet that will shrink or change colour during cleaning, you’ll probably be in trouble.
Probably the most important thing, is to know who is coming to your home. You should always make sure that you know the history of the carpet cleaner as well as inquire if background checks are performed by the company. These steps will help to keep you and those you love safe.
Follow the above tips, and you’ll have no problems with finding the right carpet cleaner. There are many types to choose from, as well as professional cleaning companies.
If you are considering whether or not to use a professional carpet cleaner, you should consider the alternatives as well. First, spot removal isn’t the only necessary carpet cleaning that you need to do, nor is the vacuuming.
Even home carpet cleaning machines won’t do as good of a job as a professional model can do. When you use these types of carpet cleaners, you can help to preserve your carpeting for years and years to come.
As mentioned in our dust mite article, professional cleaning helps lots of people who have allergies to feel better. If you suffer with allergies, you may find that professional cleaning of your carpets may be the best way to solve many of your carpet problems.
Can you do it?
In a nutshell, it makes the most sense to have your carpet professionally cleaned. It does not really cost a lot of money, yet it will give you the peace of mind in knowing that your carpet is very clean and help your health.
If you have been looking to clean your carpet or have it cleaned, professional is without a doubt the way to go. You don’t have to bother with it yourself, yet you’ll know that your carpet is going to be cleaned right – by someone who knows exactly what they are doing.
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