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7 Carpet Cleaning Hacks You Need To Be Using

Oct 19

7 Carpet Cleaning Hacks You Need To Be Using

Carpets take a lot of abuse and it takes a professional to clean them properly. If you don't want to make unnecessary messes or not sure what solution works best, regardless if you do it yourself or hire somebody there are some helpful tricks and tips. These carpet cleaning hacks come from professionals who know what they're doing. They have been developed over years of experience and research.

There are many ways to clean carpets with items you can find in your house.

1 Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Sift baking soda onto stained areas of the carpet with a hand sifter or strainer. This may also be done into a dustpan and spooned onto the carpet from there. The more baking soda you use, the better.
  2. Pour hydrogen peroxide onto stained areas, keeping in mind that this chemical is somewhat dangerous and somewhat explosive if it comes into contact with bleach or other similar chemicals or items that contain bleach. Always wear protective clothing for your skin when working with this agent; always be sure to pour it away from your body.
  3. Allow the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to sit on your carpet for around 20 minutes, or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure you carefully time the process so that it ends in time for you to clean up properly before leaving any chemical residue unprotected on your carpet or flooring.

2. Use vinegar and baking soda

For more heavily stained carpeting, you can add vinegar and baking soda to your carpet shampooer and clean the fibers with it. This is a mixture that will help lift stains out of carpets, but it can take time for them to fully remove the stains; allow the solution to work into the fabric for anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour thanks to this process.

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3. Use an upholstery shampooer to clean rid of pet stains

Whatever you do, make sure you use the right agent for the job. For instance, using a pure vinegar solution on your carpets even though they're stained with dirt or grass is not going to do much good because vinegar does not have any cleaning properties.

4. Steam cleaning

This is the best option, but before getting started there are several ways you can make steam cleaning more efficient.

For example, pre-treating stains with a special solution is an excellent way to prepare carpets for deep cleaning, but if the solution is too strong it can cause discoloration. Steam cleaning carpets is not difficult but does require some knowledge of the equipment involved.

Steam cleaners that use steam alone can actually damage carpet fibers. For this reason, experts recommend using the right equipment; specifically, machines that provide both heat and water. This type of cleaning loosens dirt, removes stains, and sanitizes all in one step.

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5. Vacuuming

Vacuuming is also an important step in cleaning carpets. Most experts agree that vacuuming regularly is necessary, but if you are carpet cleaning on the regular, not just every once in a while, you may need to change your vacuum bag or empty its canister more frequently.

If you have allergies, consider investing in a high-efficiency particulate air filter for your vacuum cleaner.

6. Spot treatment

Remove spots by blotting up as much of the spill as possible with paper towels or absorbent cloth, then cover with a dry towel and stand on it to soak up any remaining moisture. After that spot is good and dry.

Apply a spot cleaner according to the instructions on the container.

7. Scotchgard

Even if your carpet is not manufactured with stain resistance built-in, you can add it yourself. Scotchgard is a brand name for an aerosol product that adds both water and stain resistance to carpet fibers and causes dirt and stains to slide right out.

Drying time

You should wait for the carpet to dry completely before walking on it or re-entering a room that is being dried. It may take a few hours, especially if you have a large area to clean and a few people doing the job. If you need to get back in your room immediately, try laying down layers of newspaper and/or old towels to stand on until the carpet is dry.

If you want your carpets to be completely dry before re-entering a room, turn on fans throughout the house to help circulate air and absorb moisture.

 

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