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How to Properly Clean Your Carpet

Dirty carpeting clogs the home’s airflow, making rooms feel stuffy and unpleasant. Regular cleaning will help improve air quality and keep the carpet looking fresher for longer.

Dirt, stains, and unhealthy indoor allergens will inevitably accumulate like any surface. Different carpet cleaning methods can loosen the dirt and lift the set-in stains. Contact Carpet Cleaning Orem now!

Stains can wreak havoc on your carpet and rugs, but you can remove most stains with the right tools and techniques. Whether dealing with a fresh spill or an old stain, you first need to get the fabric as dry as possible. Gently blot the area with a clean white cloth or paper towel, frequently moving to a new section. This helps reduce the risk of your cloth reacting with the stain or cleaning solution and transferring dye to the carpet fibers.

Solid stains (like mud, pet excrement, or mustard) should be scraped with the edge of an old credit card and then blotted with a dry cloth until as much moisture as possible is removed. Never rub a spot or stain; this will push the material deeper into the carpet fibers and may cause it to change color permanently.

Water-soluble stains, like juice or food dye, can be treated with a hand dishwashing liquid and white vinegar. Apply the solution to a clean white cloth and work it into the stain from the edges toward the center. After fully drying the area, a wet/dry vacuum can lift the carpet fibers and any soapy residue.

Grease and oil stains are typically considered permanent, but there are some steps you can take to mitigate their impact. For example, sprinkle the affected area with cornstarch or baking soda to help absorb the stain. This should be done immediately to avoid the stain becoming sticky. You can also use a steam iron to melt away the grease, often called “wicking.”

If you’ve already tried to treat your carpet stain, but it’s not coming up, don’t panic. There are a variety of commercially available cleaners that can tackle even the most stubborn stains. Just be sure to pretest any cleaner on an inconspicuous carpet area and follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you still need help, consult a professional to see if additional methods could be used for your carpet or rug.

Carpets are popular for many homes because they can be soft, warm, and quiet underfoot. However, carpets can quickly show wear and tear if not properly cared for. A regular vacuuming schedule, mindful use of the rug by everyone in your household, and professional cleanings will ensure that your floor covering remains a staple in your home for a long time. It’s also important to note that most manufacturers require regular professional cleanings to maintain your carpet’s warranty.

Some common problems with carpeting include wrinkling and buckling. These issues can occur when the carpet’s primary backing becomes separated from the top layer, causing it to bunch up and ripple. This is usually caused by delamination of the latex materials used in the carpet’s backing, which can happen when wet. Drying your carpet as soon as you notice any moisture is best to help prevent buckling from occurring.

You may also see indentations on your carpet, which are localized areas of compressed fibers. These are typically caused by the weight of furniture compressing the fibers over time and can be unsightly. However, they can often be resolved using a pill-removing tool or rake to loosen and remove loosened fibers.

Another way to keep your carpet tough is to hire a professional cleaner that uses the dry foam method. This method involves applying a cleansing foam to your carpet, which then works to bond with any harmful fibers and the like. This is a great option for your carpet, especially if it is water-sensitive, and can be performed more quickly than other cleaning methods. It’s also a good idea to ask your pro what detergents to use with your carpet because certain chemicals can damage it. You should only use professional-grade detergents for your carpet cleaning to get the best results. The right kind of detergents will remove stains and keep your carpet looking fresh and clean for longer.

Carpeting is a wonderful addition to any home or office, but it does need upkeep. Besides vacuuming regularly to remove surface dirt and grime, there is the need for periodic deep cleaning. This allows your carpeting to last longer and also keeps it smelling fresh and clean.

Deep carpet cleaning requires specialized equipment that you won’t find at your local hardware store. It uses a truck-mounted system that pumps out high volumes of hot water at 200deg or more to rinse away ground in dirt and debris. The cleaning solution is sprayed on the carpet and then agitated with a brush for better penetration. Finally, the carpet is rinsed with another sprayed-on solution that lowers the pH, neutralizing the detergent. Then, a final hot water rinse removes the solution, dirt, and particulates from the fibers.

The results are excellent. Most people notice a difference in the smell of their carpeting after professional cleaning and are often amazed at how much dirt is pulled from the deep down roots of the fibers. Regular cleaning also reduces the dust mite population and helps keep bacteria and allergens at bay.

If you are a pet owner, your carpeting will require frequent cleaning as animal hair, dander, and urine attract carpeting. Vacuuming more frequently and using CRI Seal of Approval stain removal products will help to control these issues. Always pretest any cleaners on a small section of your carpeting to ensure they are safe and effective.

Other household carpet cleaning methods have gone the way of the dodo bird, but a few remain successful and ecological. Tea leaves and cut grass were used as carpet deodorizers; ink was removed with lemon or oxalic acid; grease fats were cleaned with white bread and pipe clay; and candle wax was melted with heat from an iron until it absorbed into the towel.

A major mistake people often make is cleaning products unsuitable for their carpet fibers. It’s very important to carefully read the instructions of all products you intend to use on your carpet and do a spot test before you apply it to a larger area. It can also be a good idea to ask your cleaner for advice. A professional will have tried many different kinds of products and will know what’s safe for your specific materials.

Many chemicals used in cleaning can cause damage to your carpet’s fabric. Synthetic fibers are particularly vulnerable to this kind of damage because the high temperatures used in steaming can weaken them and cause them to shrink. This can leave your carpet with unattractive wrinkles and creases. Natural fibers are less likely to suffer from this kind of damage. However, they may still experience it if the temperature is too high or they come into contact with a chemical unsuitable for them.

Some products contain scents that can make your carpet smell nice, but these don’t help to clean it. In fact, the scent can act as a magnet for dirt and dust, which will get your carpet dirty much more quickly than it would otherwise.

Lastly, some cleaners leave a sticky residue on your carpet, attracting more dirt and dust. This will make your carpet dirtier faster than it should be and give the appearance of being dirty when it isn’t. To prevent this, a good cleaner will rinse all detergents and soaps completely from your carpet.