Professional carpet cleaning can be an effective way to get out those stains and keep your warranty intact. However, it can also take a serious toll on your wallet. You can find most of the supplies you need for DIY carpet cleaning at home. Here are five ways to clean your carpets using products you probably already have, or can easily obtain, to help keep from having to hire professional carpet cleaners.
Vacuuming is probably the easiest way to keep your carpets clean, though it’s not always the most effective method. Vacuuming is recommended once a week or even more often if you have a large family or pets. Vacuuming removes dirt and debris from the top layer of carpet, but it doesn’t get out stains or clean deeply into the carpet fibers. A vacuum cleaner removes all dirt particles and allergens embedded deep inside the carpet, which can cause serious health problems if not removed properly. You should use a high-quality vacuum cleaner for this purpose because the low-quality ones may not be able to remove all the dirt particles from the carpet.
Professional Carpet Dry Cleaning
This is the best way to clean carpets as it does not involve any use of water. The dry process uses both dry cleaning foam and dry compounds. The process involves applying a small amount of dry cleaning foam on the carpet and using a machine that has two counter-rotating shafts with brushes or pads to spread the foam and work it into the carpet. This method is effective on dense, tightly woven carpets and those with long fibres, because the foam doesn’t penetrate deep into the carpet.
Steam cleaning is also known as hot water extraction. In this method, a heavy duty machine sprays hot water on carpets, which enables extraction of dirt from deep within the fabric. This method cleans all types of carpets effectively; however, it can take some time for carpets to dry up completely after steam cleaning. Also, avoid steam cleaning carpets yourself – it’s better to call in the professionals for the job!
Bonnet Cleaning uses an absorbent pad that rotates under a floor machine while it absorbs dirt and soil from carpets. Bonnet cleaners use little liquid to dampen the pad so this method only cleans superficial dirt from carpets.
Shampooing is an older method of carpet cleaning that’s rarely used today because of its ineffectiveness. Shampooing is one of the most traditional methods of cleaning a carpet. In this method, a special foam is applied on the carpet surface so that it gets completely soaked in it. Then it is rubbed with a stiff brush before being allowed to dry by itself.
Ultimately, whether you want to do you’re cleaning yourself or have it professionally done; basic knowledge of carpet care goes a long way towards increasing the effectiveness of your efforts. The average homeowner can learn how to clean their carpet in a way that will prolong its life, and ensure that it always looks its best.