How To Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning Methods
Hot water extraction or “steam” cleaning is the most popular for DIY residential use. Successful cleaning by these machines is mainly dependent on the experience of the operator. Improper application can leave the carpet overly wet. Causing possible backing decontamination like:
- • The odour from the development of mould-mildew-fungi.
- • Browning, colour run and shrinkage.
- • Other related problems.
This can happen especially in areas of repeated, high volume use or “traffic lanes”. One or two passes of the cleaning and may not be enough to enhance the appearance of such areas. Attempts to clean them over and over again can cause over wetting and its related problems.
The obvious conclusion is that DIY methods are not a substitute for professional carpet cleaning services like Auckland Carpets Steam & Dry.
DIY Carpet Cleaning Methods
- • Suppose the spot is wet, blot. Certainly do not rub. Rubbing will spread the soil.
- • If the spot is dry, loosen soil and vacuum away before moistening it.
- • Always rinse the cleaned area thoroughly. If not removed, cleaning products may indeed cause the cleaned area to attract soil.
- • When taking out stains, always use a white cloth.
- • Clean spots and stains immediately. You will have a much better chance of removing them.
- • When using any cleaner, Auckland Carpets Steam & Dry dilute according to the direction. A mixture that is too potent may cause damage.
- • Not every stain can be removed. Consult your Carpet Cleaning professional for cleaning options.
- • Always test surfaces before cleaning. Apply the cleaning solution to a hidden area of the same material. After five minutes, if the material’s colour transfers to a towel. Then try another product.
- • Carpet shampoo is good to have on hand and is available at most hardware stores.
- • A mild mineral spirit solution is useful for many household cleaning applications.
- • For wax dropped on carpet or upholstery, set a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain. After that hold, hot iron on it, lift the cloth away, and the wax should remove with the fabric.
Carpet Cleaning Stains Tips
- • Firstly scrape off any solids. Blot up liquids quickly, dabbing lightly with a clean white towel or paper towel.
- • To remove greasy stains, apply a nonflammable dry-cleaning agent to the spot with a white towel—work from the edges toward the centre. However, don’t scrub. Dab gently until the spot comes clean. Always pretest any cleaning agent on a hidden part of the carpet and let it dry before continuing.
- • Coat less stubborn greasy stains with aerosol shaving cream or carbonated water. Use a hairdryer to speed dry. Then vacuum.
- • Additionally, you can sprinkle a greasy stain with baking soda, cornstarch, cornmeal, or talcum powder. Leave on at least 6 hours, then vacuum.
- • To remove water-soluble stains, apply some detergent solution working from the edges to the centre of the stain. Place several layers of white tissue or paper towels over the spot. Weight down with books or pots and pans.
- • Furthermore, let stand for about one hour. Replace with fresh tissues or towels and leave overnight. Then fluff up the carpet pile with your fingers.
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