I’m sure you’ve seen all the ads for carpet steam cleaning. Â They seem to come to the house in droves, through the mail, phone, tv, etc. Â I looked at my carpets recently and came to the conclusion that I was just about going to need to purchase one or more vacuums for commercial useÂ if I was going to get all the dirt out of my carpets. Â I own my own steam cleaner, which saves us a lot of money in the long run. Â You’d be surprised how much dirt there is ground into a carpet in just a couple of weeks!
If you are planning on cleaning your own carpets, whether with your own machine or a rented one, there are a few easy steps to ensure you get the best results possible.
- Pick up any larger visible items first. Â String and hair can wreak havoc on a vacuum cleaner belt!
- Vacuum up the rest.
- Take a moment and use your crevice tool to clean right up to the baseboards. Â When you are getting ready to steam clean, every little bit counts!
- Use a spot and stain pre-treatment. Â There is no need to make sure it is all removed before proceeding, as the suction in the steam cleaner will pull up the residue.
- Use the appropriate carpet cleaning solution for the job at hand. Â If you have pets, it is wise to invest in one specifically designed for pet stains and odour.
- There are two essential steps to making sure your floors get as clean as possible. Â The first is to MOVE SLOWLY! Â Think like a tortoise when pulling your steam cleaner across your carpet. Â This will pull the most dirty water back out of the layers.
- The second step is to REPEAT THE PROCESS. Â Repeat it as many times as necessary until the water is clear. Â You will be amazed at the gunk that you get out of your carpets. Â It’s downright gross. Â But if you only go over it once, see black water and think your floors are clean – think again!
- Finally, allow the carpets to dry before walking over them.
If you follow these easy steps you can be assured your carpet will be as clean as it can be. Â And if you need more pointers, just do a quick Google search. Â You can easily find out how to clean anything!
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