The Spring Deep Carpet Cleaning
Spring cleaning is upon us and many of us usually prepare to do a deep carpet cleaning after the winter has taken its toll on our floors. We usually spend hours preparing our homes for guests, wiping away the dust and getting rid of junk. As we move our items around, we notice that where a piece of furniture once sat has a patch of carpet that looks much lighter, brighter, and feels nicer to the touch than the carpet surrounding. If you are like many another, you may begin to look around and suddenly patches of grungy carpeting begin to emerge as if they just appeared. Some of the spots, you may well be aware of the origins of the stain and others you may have no idea.
Spot Treating Before Deep Carpet Cleaning
We get out the vacuum, hoping the spots are dirt and will magically disappear through the action of vacuuming. Then, we might focus on spots on the carpet and get rags dripped with ¼ cup salt, ¼ cup borax, and ¼ cup vinegar to create a paste. The paste then can be applied to stained or heavily soiled sections in the carpet. Once the paste dries (several hours later), vacuum the paste up and the stains will be reduced. While this might remove the spots themselves, it leaves the rest of the carpet looking horrible in comparison. Finally, the realization occurs that a deep carpet cleaning is needed to repair the carpet to its original state.
Preparing The Carpets
The best method instead of vacuuming alone, or completing a spot shot, is to combine the methods together and rent a carpet steam cleaner to deep clean your carpet or buying one with industrial strength. The method here is to vacuum three or four times in all directions. Then apply the paste (mentioned above) to spots around the carpet. Let dry for several hours, best done at night where you can sleep and then run your steam cleaner in the morning. First vacuum up the dried paste and place hot water into the steam cleaner. Then apply pre-cleaner to heavily soiled portions in the carpet, to go deep into the fabric and loosen materials and fibers.
The Deep Cleaning Process
Once this process is done, the carpet is ready to be deep cleaned by a steam cleaner. For added success, try placing 1 cup of vinegar into the water for every 3 gallons. My advice is to wet the carpet first by going over the entire room and then steam drying the entire carpet. Once the carpet is quite damp to the touch, allow to dry for an hour or two. Then, repeat the process, giving your carpet a double deep cleaning (especially if you have the steam cleaner for a day-when rented).
Enjoy Your Clean Carpet
Finally, you will have a carpet looking as good as new with the deep grime gone from the fibers. You are then ready to place your furniture, rearrange your home and finalize your spring cleaning. The deep carpet cleaning should last a few months as long as people take off their shoes at the doors, pets don’t run around with muddy paws, and messy foods are kept at a distance from the carpet. Too hopeful? Well, at least you can take pleasure in the process and knowing that the carpets will come clean once you decide to do a deep carpet cleaning in the future.