Steampro’s Carpet Cleaning Tips
Clean Carpet Frequently
This gross, oily film should be cleaned every 12-18 months to avoid it from growing thick enough to discolor your carpet. If you live alone, or with one or two other family members, a full-blast professional steam cleaning every 18 months should give your carpet the protection it needs. If, however, you live in a huge household, you might want to make an investment in a professional carpet cleaning once a year or more often.
Consider Hiring a Professional
You should consider hiring a professional to help you with your carpet steam-cleaning. Your local professional carpet cleaner will know how to best treat your particular carpet, taking into consideration the make and the types of fibers of it. The professional will bring a powerful hot water extraction system (otherwise known as steam cleaning) into your home, spray your carpet with a mild pre-spray detergent and use this system to suck back the oil and the water rinsing it out.
Of course, you may choose to rent a steam cleaning machine and do the cleaning yourself, especially if you have already had your carpet professionally cleaned and have an idea of what type of equipment to look for. Be careful, though: do-it-yourself rental units do not clean as thoroughly or as powerfully as professional units. In fact, some cleaning units may actually damage the carpet. That’s why it’s important to look around and check out several carpet cleaning systems before making a final decision as to which one to rent.
Tips When Renting Cleaning Equipment
Here are some carpet cleaning tips to remember when renting cleaning equipment:
Be choosy when deciding to rent a carpet cleaner from a retail or grocery store. Many of the units found in these stores are significantly weaker and less efficient than what the professionals carpet cleaners use. As a result, you may find yourself with a very wet carpet (sometimes up to 12-24 hours).That ends up causing mold damage. Do your research and be sure you know what you’re doing when you rent a carpet cleaner.
Use Water Sparingly
It doesn’t take much to inspire mold and mildew to start growing. If you use too much detergent or over-wet your carpet, leaving it damp for more than 24 hours, you may just be cultivating your very own bacterial carpet not to mention the funky smell that may start filling the room. The excess water can also cause your carpet backing to separate.
Choose Minimum Residue Solutions
It’s all about the right solution when it comes to carpet cleaning. The ideal cleaning solution for carpets has a pH of about nine (it should always be less than 10) and should have very little, if any, non-sticky residue.
Wool Carpet Solutions
Wool and wool-blend carpets are different from regular carpets and require their own special cleaning solution. Look for one that has been formulated specifically for wool and other natural fibers. Also, make sure the solution has a mild pH, somewhere between five and eight.
Stain Resistant Solutions
If you have stain-resistant carpets, you’ll want to use a cleaning solution that is designed for just these types of carpets. Using another type of cleaner may actually diminish the strength of the treatment and could even void the warranty on your carpet. To avoid discoloring your carpet, always steer clear of any type of cleaning solution that contains bleach or optical brighteners.
Choosing Anti-Soil Treatments
Never use an anti-soil treatment on your carpet that contains silicone.
Reduce Carpet Drying Time
To help your carpets dry faster (and avoid the risk of mold and mildew growing), use any fans you have in the house to push the air across your carpet. If you have a dehumidifier, then drag it out to help get the moisture out of the air. An air conditioner can also do this job. Using these drying-aids, your carpet should be dry within 12 hours.
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