The Best Way to Clean Carpet
Cleaning your carpet the right way will lengthen the life of the carpet.
So, follow the tips below to clean an maintain your carpets so that they not only last longer, but look great.
Vacuuming Your Carpet:
Vacuum your carpet at least once a week; and preferably twice. The less you vacuum, the more you walk over the dirt in the carpet grinding it in.
So, that is something to consider when you don’t feel like vacuuming very often. Below are other tips to get your carpets clean.
- Go over vacuumed areas repeatedly to get out deep down dirt. Five to ten strokes over areas of high traffic is necessary to really get your carpet clean and three or four strokes over lighter traffic areas.
- Overlap vacuum strokes so as not to miss any areas.
- Don’t forget to regularly change any filters your vacuum might have.
- Change or empty the bag when it’s no more than 2/3 full.
- Move your furniture a couple of times a year to thoroughly vacuum the whole carpet.
Carpet Stain Removal:
Remove stains from your carpet immediately after they happen. Don’t wait months until you plan to clean the entire carpet to remove stains.
- If there’s residue on the carpet from whatever stained it, scrape it off with a kitchen knife or spoon, or a putty knife.
- Blot up wet spots – starting at the edges of the spot and working towards the center so as not to push the spot further out into the carpet.
- Use a stain remover on the stain and blot, blot, blot from the edge of the stain towards the center of the stain.
There are plenty of commercial stain removers available or you can use an all natural homemade stain remover listed below.
Homemade Stain Removers:
Hydrogen peroxide work great on organic (coffee, berry, etc)and non organic stains such as dye stains. It does not need to be rinsed from the carpet as hydrogen peroxide converts to water when exposed to sunlight. It's my first choice for stain removal.
Dishwashing Liquid and Water:
Soap is great for oil based stains. Mix a few drops of dishwashing soap (one without bleach) with water. If you use any soap or detergent to lift a stain you'll need to rinse completely with clean water to remove soap residue that will left after removing the stain. Soap residue attracts future dirt to the spot as it is "sticky" on the carpet fibers.
Vinegar and Baking Soda:
Mix white vinegar and baking soda to form a paste. Work it into the carpet stain with a toothbrush. Allow it to dry and then vacuum.
Steam Cleaning and Shampooing your Carpet:
You can hire a professional carpet cleaner who will undoubtedly do an excellent job, you can rent a carpet cleaner, or you can buy a carpet cleaner.
A professional cleaner will charge you by how many square feet of carpeting you need to have cleaned, or sometimes by the number of rooms. They may offer specials throughout the year – pay for three rooms and get one room free – that sort of thing.
If you prefer to have non-toxic substances used to clean your carpets (and why wouldn’t you?!), ask the carpet cleaner about the solutions they use. There are companies that use non-toxic cleaners. A professional will probably do the best job and, as a big plus, it’s not a Do-It-Yourself project!
Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solutions:
You can rent a carpet cleaner and use the carpet cleaning solution that comes with it or make up your own solution.
Never use soap on carpets, by the way. Soap and detergent leaves a residue and will attract dirt once the carpet dries.
Vinegar and Water:
Use equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Vinegar cleans almost anything!
Hydrogen Peroxide and Water:
Mix up equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and use that solution in your home carpet cleaner.
If the weather allows, open the windows and train a fan on the wet carpet for a few hours, or wait overnight before walking on the newly cleaned carpet.