Best Carpet Cleaning Methods
A carpet in a house receives a lot of foot traffic and it is not uncommon for carpets to have all sorts of products split on them, which could be anything from liquid wax to red wine. Carpets do require a certain amount of care and attention if they are going to be kept in the best order so let's look at the best carpet cleaning methods to ensure that a carpet is at its best at all times.
Vacuuming: regular vacuuming is a must to keep the dust from falling through to the bottom of the carpet and damaging the lower layer. High traffic areas need to be vacuumed at least twice a week. The number of times that a carpet also needs vacuuming also depends on the number of people living in the house. When vacuuming the best method to remove the dust is to vacuum from side to side then up and down.
Carpet Shampooing: a carpet should be shampooed every six months to give it a good clean and lift any dirt that is not coming out with the regular vacuuming. There are machines available that are vacuums and shampooers combined, or machines that only do the one job.
Shampooing is performed by spraying the carpet with a shampoo solution which loosens the surface dirt and absorbs dirt deep in the pile. At this point you need to know which method of cleaning your machine uses. Some machines work on a wet carpet (the steam clean machines) or otherwise you just vacuum the carpet when it has dried.
Carpet cleaning tips for removing stains
There are two products that are excellent for removing stains in carpet:
1. Soda water
2. Diluted white vinegar
2. Diluted white vinegar
These two products act in different ways but I have had wonderful success with both. In fact, I am such a fan of vinegar that it is the first thing I go for when removing any stain whatsoever.
Lifting a liquid stain
Firstly when something lands on the carpet quickly mop up as much as you can with a light colored cloth. Grab the nearest clean cloth, especially if you have spilt something dark in color like red wine.
If you are using soda, generously sprinkle some over the affected area. Lay a thick towel over the area and stand on it to absorb as much moisture as you possibly can. Keep turning the towel to a dry area and repeat the process to remove as much of the stain as you possibly can.
If using vinegar, use a mix of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 cold water and use the same method to remove the stain.
The theory behind this very successful method of removing the stain is that the clear liquids dilute the spilt liquid and by stamping on the moistened area you are bringing the diluted spill and the added liquid out of the carpet.
Avoid rubbing the stain as this will spread it. I have used this method with a red wine spill on an apricot carpet and it was impossible to see where the wine had been spilt.
Lifting spilt wax
Let the wax dry and scrap as much of it off the carpet as you can with a clean kitchen knife. When as much of the wax has been removed as possible take the next step. That is to use a warm iron and with a layer of an absorbent paper underneath (a paper towel is good), iron the waxed area. Keep turning the paper and gently moving the carpet to expose any wax crumbs. Take care that any area under the iron has paper between it and the carpet. Also ensure that the iron is only warm because otherwise the carpet will scorch. The most important tip with carpet cleaning and removing stains is not to let the stain get really old or it will be very hard to remove them.
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