- Though cleaning rugs can often be pretty straightforward, cleaning carpet is a little bit more perplexing.
- You want to make sure you’re cleaning your carpeting effectively to keep it looking and feeling nice and extend the lifespan of the carpeting.
- There are tons of potential pitfalls when it comes to carpet cleaning, however, so making sure you’re using the right techniques for your carpet, the proper cleaning materials, and cleaning it regularly enough are all important places to start.
If you have wood floors, you probably know how to get them clean – a quick sweep and mop will do. But things can get more complicated when it comes to carpet.
Knowing how to get your carpet clean is important for the look and feel of it, of course, but it’s also really important to understand how to do it in the best way.
“To have you carpet truly clean, it must be deep cleaned,” Dean Davies, a professional carpet & rug cleaning specialist at Fantastic Services, told INSIDER. “Deep carpet cleaning means having it stain treated and steam cleaned with the right cleaning machines. Your two options are to rent a carpet cleaning machine and do the work yourself or book a professional carpet cleaning service.”
Surface-level cleaning just doesn’t quite cut it
Since you’re not going to deep clean your carpet as regularly as you clean the rest of your house, surface-levelling cleaning is still important, but if you’re solely relying on it, your carpet isn’t getting as clean as it should.
“It is advisable to vacuum your carpets at least once a week, more often if you have pets or children,” Davies said. “To keep your rugs and carpets fresh and prolong their life, I’d advise to have them professionally deep cleaned once every half to one year.”
If you’re not convinced that that sort of frequency is necessary, it’s also important to note that company warranties can have stipulations in the agreements about how often they’re cleaned.
“Many carpet manufacturers will void the warranty unless you can show receipts for having your carpets professionally cleaned every 18 months or so,”Donna Smallin Kuper, a certified house cleaning technician and the author of “Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness,” told INSIDER. “Also, there are a lot of ways you can permanently damage a carpet if you don’t know how to clean it properly.”
If you’re going to have your carpets professionally cleaned, knowing what sorts of things you might want to look for when determining who to hire is very important
“When choosing a professional to get the carpet truly clean, it takes three critical components,” Jotham Hatch, a cleaning expert and Chem-Dry’s training director, told INSIDER. “The first is adequate equipment. The equipment must be able to deliver heated cleaning solution, scrubbing action, and extraction. There are countless styles of carpet cleaning equipment. Not all of them provide all three attributes.
“The second component to getting the carpet truly clean is proper cleaning solution. Choose a cleaning solution that will not leave a soapy residue and that has a safe pH. Many cleaners will use lots of soap that clean well but leave a soapy residue that cause the carpet to re-soil quickly or they may have a very aggressive cleaner that leaves the carpet with dangerous residues that could cause skin irritations. The third component to getting the carpet truly clean is the technician. Choose someone who has been trained and certified.”
What sorts of cleaning products might be best for the job can also depend upon the material from which your carpeting is made
“Depending on the material your carpet is made of, different cleaning solution and cleaning method should be applied,” Davies said. “For example, carpets made of synthetic materials such as polyester, are more durable and stains are easier to remove. On the other hand, carpets made of natural fibres such as wool are more gentle, so using harsh cleaning solutions is not advisable.”
If you’re attempting to clean your carpet yourself using way too much product or water can be a really big problem
“The cleaning products should be rinsed from the carpet but over-wetting the carpet in an attempt to rinse away the cleaner is a major concern,” Hatch said. “You should be able to rinse the carpet thoroughly and still have the carpet dry in just a few hours. It’s not uncommon to use far too much cleaning chemical which requires more rinsing and thus extends the dry time beyond a few hours. In the end, it’s a balance between using the right amount cleaning chemical, agitating it and rinsing properly.”
And though it can be tempting to try to scrub a stain out of the carpet, to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to remove the stain, it actually might be doing much more harm than good.
“Never rub a stain on your carpet – always blot,” Smallin Kuper said. “Rubbing can destroy the carpet fibres. Also, when blotting, blot from the outside of the stain inwards to avoid spreading it. Use only clean white towels to prevent any dye from the towel being transferred to the carpet.”
Also, it’s best to attempt to remove a stain as soon as you see one. Waiting means that you may not actually be able to remove it easily or that removing it might require you to use things that could damage your carpet, Davies said.
Doing your research when it comes to professional cleaning companies or while determining what you need to do in order to clean your carpet effectively without doing much damage, is the best way to go about it.
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