How To Deep Clean A Carpet: A Comprehensive Guide
Do you want to keep your carpet fresh-smelling and clean? If that’s the case then you are in the right place.
In this post, we will show you some of the most effective methods on how to clean carpet. But aside from that, you will also learn how to deep clean shag rugs and area rugs.
So without further ado let’s get started!
Methods for Deep Cleaning Carpet
In case you didn’t know a carpet cleaner is a device that actually looks like a vacuum. The only difference is that it utilizes steam as well as a special cleaning solution in order to deep clean the carpet.
If you have lots of carpets and even rugs at home or usually deep clean your carpets once a year you may want to invest in this machine. But if you don’t have a budget for a brand new one, fortunately, you can rent a carpet cleaner in grocery shops, hardware shops, and even pet shops.
Here’s how to deep clean the carpet yourself using a carpet cleaner.
Step 1: Fill the carpet cleaner
In the machine’s tank, you will need to put the cleaning solution and water. Keep in mind that, every carpet cleaner has different instructions, thus make sure to read the instructions before using.
However, in general, you’ll add a specific amount of formula to the tank before adding some water to the tank. Take note that some of these machines have a separate tank intended for the water.
Step 2: Clean a test spot
Before cleaning the entire ensure that the solution won’t change the carpet’s color or leave any stain behind. Look for a patch of carpet that’s typically covered furniture and use it as a test spot. I see that there’s a discoloration don’t use it, instead consider making another formula. But if you don’t notice anything, continue with the next step.
Step 3: Start cleaning the entire carpet
When cleaning makes sure to start away from your door. As you maneuver the carpet cleaner over your carpet, go across the rooms slowly. Make sure that you end at your door so that you will be able to leave once you’re done without stepping on the wet and clean carpet. However, if the carpet is so dirty, allow it to dry for a couple of hours then clean it again
Step 4: Let it dry
Deep cleaned carpets may take a couple of hours to dry and even overnight. During this period, ensure that there is enough air circulating in the area. So if possible open all the windows and doors. Doing so will inhibit mildew and mold development. However, if you want to make the drying process quicker, you can use dehumidifiers and fans.
Step 5: Throw away the water
Since the water you utilized in cleaning the carpet has chemicals, you shouldn’t simply pour it down on your backyard or drainage. You can ask your local water treatment facility to dispose of the water properly for safety.
For this method, you will need to use a dry carpet cleaning solution that is widely available in the market today. Usually, these are powders that consist of a detergent formulated in order to break down the dirt embedded on your carpet as well as a solution.
Here’s how to deep clean carpet by hand using a dry cleaning solution.
- Sprinkle the solution over your carpet and then work it into the fibers. Make sure that there’s an even amount all over the parts of the carpet. More importantly, don’t sprinkle too much, because if you do, you might obtain fine powder residue on the furniture and clothing, even after vacuuming it. Also, follow the given instructions on the dry cleaning solution.
- After that, you need to vacuum the carpet. However, you will need to wait about 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming the powder.
When vacuuming, you need to go over the carpet a couple of times to ensure that all the powder will be removed. If you see white powder, don’t panic, instead vacuum it once again.
The good thing about this method is that you don’t need to wait for your carpets to dry. Meaning to say, once it’s vacuumed, you’re finished cleaning.
Use dish soap or baking soda
Wondering how to deep clean your carpet without using a steam cleaner? If so, then you should give this method a try.
Using a dish soap or baking soda when deep cleaning a carpet is pretty easy. All you need to do is prepare your preferred cleaning tool and a pail of warm water. Then you need to vacuum the area you are planning to clean.
If you choose to use dish soap, measure the size of the stain and utilize 1tbsp for every 6-8 inches of stain. However, if you’re going to use baking soda, simply sprinkle it to the stain until it is covered completely.
After that swish it everywhere until you notice bubbles. Using a towel, rag, toothbrush, or an old brush scrub the stain gently using warm water. Be sure not to soak the floor completely, just make it damp enough to scrub the stain or dirt away.
Switch on your fan or open your windows to dry your carpet. Once dried, vacuum once again.
There you have it the three methods that you can try if you want to deep clean your carpet. But if you’re too busy you can hire a professional to do the job.
How to deep clean Shag Rugs
In the 1970s, shag rugs are very popular, but in recent years, it has started making a comeback. These rugs are one of the unique pieces of floor decoration. They have luxurious and long piles that offer them their signature touch and look.
Shag rugs, on the other hand, are perfect for bare feet thanks to their long piles that boast a concrete appeal. What’s more, they are comfortable and soft. But unfortunately, the hairy fibers make cleaning such rugs a bit different from other styles of rugs.
Stubborn dirt particles, as well as dust, may hide inside the pile of this rug. With this in mind, a lot of homeowners were asking how to deep clean a shag rug.
To give you an idea here’s how to deep clean a rug.
Method 1: Steam Clean
This method can get rid of odors and even soils found in the rug. For this method, you will need to use a steam cleaner, vacuum, and a safe and high-quality cleaner.
When steam cleaning, you need to start with a rug that is vacuumed freshly. Then add the cleaner and water to the steam cleaner. Run the machine over the shag rug until all the discoloration and stains disappear. Let it dry, better yet, put the rug under the sun.
Method 2: Hand Wash
Similar to the first one, you need to begin with a newly vacuumed rug. Fill your tub with water (warm) and a detergent. If the rug is large, consider adding more detergent.
Then, put the rug in the water. Soak it for 10 minutes. Using a brush and your hands, work the stain out of the fiber gently. Try removing as much water as you can. Lastly, let it dry.
Method 3: Professional Cleaning
The most effective and safest way to clean this kind of rug is to have it cleaned by a pro. Shag rugs need special care to avoid damages usually caused by an at-home cleaning method.
If you can’t provide the needed cleaning solution for your carpet do not take the risk of damaging your shag rug by cleaning it on your own.
How to Clean Area Rugs
An area rug is a nice investment. It will add color and warm up your space. Not only that,it also offers a soft place for slumber partying, game playing, and movie watching.
However, this rug needs to be maintained properly especially if you want your rug to last for years. When the area rug is already dirty you need to deep clean it. Yes, you can send it to professionals, but keep in mind that their service is not cheap since they are using special solutions and more advanced technology.
Nevertheless, if you want to know how to deep clean an area rug on your own, follow the instructions below.
- Using a vacuum get rid of loose dirt
- Test the cleaner on a small part of your area rug for discoloration. If there’s any consider using other cleaners. If there is no problem proceed to the next step.
- Work the cleaner on the rug. Allow it to sit for a few minutes.
- Then, hose off your area rug
- Remove excess water by squeezing the rug.
- Dry out the sides of the rug completely
- If there are compacted fibers, brush or vacuum the rug to loosen up.
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