How To Do A Proper Carpet Shampoo The Right Way? Cleaning your carpet is vital, especially if your carpet gets lots of foot traffic or you live in dusty areas. Not cleaning your carpet correctly leads to various health complications, including allergic reactions.
Additionally, poor cleaning allows soil and dust particles to remain on the carpet fibers. This makes your carpet retain odors, look dull, and wear out the fibers and backing. Grime, dirt, and stains can stick to the carpet fibers even if you vacuum your carpet daily. It’s good to shampoo your carpet twice or once a year, especially if you have pets.
A carpet shampoo makes your carpet cleaner than regular vacuuming. The process loosens dirt particles in the carpet’s fibers, leaving it smelling, feeling, and looking clean and fresh.
You should start by cleaning your room and moving the furniture out. You should move them to one side of the room if you can’t completely move them out. You should place wood blocks, plastic film, or aluminum foil under the furniture’s base or legs. This protects them from absorbing water during shampooing. You should also remove any clutter from the room.
Next, you should thoroughly vacuum the room to remove hair, dirt, or dust balls. Doing this leaves the carpet ready for shampooing and makes the process more effective. You should vacuum more than you usually would, go in straight lines, and do a final crisscross. You should check the carpet for any stains that may need pretreatment.
Use a regular carpet stain remover to treat any stains you find on the carpet. You should pray the colors and allow the stain remover to work as indicated in the instructions. You should blot up the stains with a wet towel if directed to do so. Depending on your carpet shampooer, you may leave it for the shampooer to pick up.
Some stains may require you to use other chemicals to come out. Research the color of your carpet and look for an excellent stain-removal solution. Some carpet shampoos can remove tough stains. Thus, you won’t need to apply a stain remover.
Ensure you understand how the machine works before using it. It would be best if you start by reading the instructions on the device. You should examine various parts of the carpet shampooer if there are no instructions. Understanding how your carpet shampoo works are essential since multiple brands are available in the market.
Some shampooers work when you push them forward, and others work when you pull them backward. Using them in any other way won’t clean your carpet effectively. Search for an online tutorial on how you should use your carpet shampooer.
Additionally, before using, you should ensure your carpet shampooer is verified by the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute). It would be best if you filled your carpet shampooer with the correct water (as directed). Some machines will have a fixed water tank, while others will have a removable variant.
Next, add the recommended soap designed for use with your shampooer and pour the correct amount. Pay attention to whether you should add the soap to another compartment or mixed with water. Read online reviews to find the best carpet shampoo for your carpet.
Start in the corners and make strips when running your shampooer. Choose one corner and get your shampooer as close to the walls as possible. Next, run the shampooer from that corner of the wall to the other, turn and start a new line. The new line should slightly overlap with the first one. Repeat the process throughout the room.
You shouldn’t pull your shampooer back and forth like a vacuum. The most effective way to clean your carpet is by running the machine in straight lines. You should remove the shampooer slowly because it takes more time to work. The device works by shooting water into the carpet and sucking it up.
Rushing the machine could leave your carpet wet and dirty. You should be patient, pull the machine steadily, and give it sufficient time to clean the carpet. You may feel like it’s taking too long, but this helps make the process more efficient. You should pay attention to your shampooer’s motor sound.
Chances are that the tank is complete if the motor sound changes. Using the machine with a full tank could damage it. You should also stop if your shampooer’s tank lacks clean water. You may have to stop shampooing your carpet multiple times. This depends on how slow you move, your machine’s tank sizes, and the carpet size. Dispose of the dirty water safely.
You should run the carpet shampooer a second time using cold water. Manufacturers design shampooers to suck up all dirty water and carpet shampoo. However, the machine may leave some carpet shampoo and dirty water behind. You should run the device over your carpet again to get any dirty water or soap residue.
You may go a little quicker when using the machine a second time since the carpet is cleaner. You should use cold water during your second cleaning. Hot water activates the soap causing it to sud up again. You should take off your shoes and socks to avoid leaving dirt on your carpet.
You should let your carpet completely dry before moving your furniture back in. This could take 6+ hours, depending on the room size or carpet thickness. Check your shampooer on drying time instructions and turn on blowers and overhead fans at intervals to decrease drying time.
You shouldn’t put the furniture back when the carpet’s wet since it could lead to mildew build-up or indentations. You may also hang a sign indicating you’ve shampooed your carpet to stop people from walking onto the carpet. Clean your carpet shampooer and leave it out to dry before closing any caps.
The best time to wash your carpet in Singapore is during the hot months of May and June. Cleaning the rug during this period ensures it takes a short time to dry. It also prevents humid conditions from damaging your carpet due to mildew build-up.
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