Even if you vacuum frequently, stains, filth, and grime can penetrate carpet fibers farther than a standard vacuum can. As a result, it’s wise to shampoo your carpet once or twice a year, especially if you have dogs. Heat, water, and detergent can be used in steam cleaning or by hand to loosen and remove stubborn stains, spills, and odors from carpets.   Renting a steam cleaner from a hardware shop is the most expedient and cost-effective approach to cleaning your carpet. You might even think about purchasing one because, if you have pets, your investment will probably be soon repaid. With a standard vacuum, you may also follow a few steps to perform a more thorough DIY clean. However, expert carpet cleaning businesses can handle everything in a few hours, even the labor involved in moving furniture. We’ll examine each of these possibilities and bring you through the procedure for thoroughly cleaning your carpet.  

Materials and Tools

  Here’s what you’ll need to shampoo a carpet:
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning solution
  • Carpet cleaning machine
  • Pretreatment stain remover
  • Clean white cloth
  • Oscillating or box fan
  • Optional: baking soda, salt, and scrub brush
  • Optional: white vinegar, spray bottle, and microfiber cloth

How to Do a Routine Carpet Cleaning

  Performing routine carpet cleaning helps maintain the appearance and longevity of your carpets. Here’s a step-by-step guide for a basic routine carpet cleaning:  
  1. Vacuum Thoroughly:
  • Start by vacuuming the entire carpeted area to remove loose dirt, debris, and pet hair. Vacuum in both vertical and horizontal directions for the most effective cleaning.
  1. Spot Cleaning:
  • Inspect the carpet for any visible stains or spots. Treat these spots using a suitable carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  1. Prepare Cleaning Solution:
  • Mix a carpet cleaning solution using warm water and a mild carpet detergent. Follow the product instructions for the correct dilution ratio.
  1. Test in a Hidden Area:
  • Before applying the cleaning solution to the entire carpet, test it in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.
  1. Apply Cleaning Solution:
  • Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle or directly onto the carpet in small sections.
  • Use a clean, white cloth or a soft brush to apply the solution to the carpet. Gently rub the carpet to work the solution into the fibers.
  1. Work in Sections:
  • Divide the carpeted area into manageable sections and focus on one section at a time.
  • Avoid oversaturating the carpet. Use just enough solution to clean the area effectively.
       7. Agitate and Clean:
  •  Use a soft-bristled brush or a carpet cleaning machine (if available) to agitate the carpet fibers and help the cleaning solution penetrate deep into the carpet.
  1. Extract the Cleaning Solution:
  • If you have a carpet cleaning machine, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to extract the cleaning solution from the carpet. If not, use clean towels or rags to blot and absorb the solution.
  1. Rinse (Optional):
  • If your carpet cleaning solution requires rinsing, follow up by rinsing the carpet with clean water to remove any residue. Blot with towels to remove excess moisture.
  1. Allow Drying Time:
  • Open windows or use fans to help the carpet dry faster. Avoid walking on the damp carpet until it is completely dry.
      11. Vacuum Again:
  • Once the carpet is dry, vacuum it again to fluff the fibers and pick up any remaining dirt or residue.
  1. Reapply Stain Protector (Optional):
  • Consider applying a carpet stain protector to help repel future stains and spills.
Performing routine carpet cleaning every 3-6 months, depending on the level of foot traffic and other factors, will help keep your carpets looking fresh and clean. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning solutions and carpet cleaning equipment.  

Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Professional

  Professionals will have equipment of a commercial caliber that will perform the most comprehensive heavy-duty cleaning. Prices will vary depending on your home’s size and the cost of living in your neighborhood, but most services charge per room, and there may be a defined minimum payment. Typically, carpet cleaning costs fall between $100 and $500. Additionally, experts are insured in case your carpets are harmed.   Although renting a carpet cleaner will be less expensive than hiring a cleaning company, you’ll still have to fork over between $30 and $80 per day. Additionally, you’ll need to purchase the shampoo, which runs approximately $20 for a huge bottle.   These machines have a wide range of buying costs. On Amazon, you can purchase a lightweight model for as little as $99, but the best carpet cleaners for home usage normally cost between $200 and $300. Both Bissell and Rug Doctor are well-known steam cleaning brands. Additionally, there are spot cleaners that can thoroughly clean a tiny area of carpet. In as few as three to four usages, purchasing the gadget can pay for itself. These devices do need to be cleaned and maintained, though. Even if you do a fantastic job yourself, you might want to engage a specialist service to perform a deep clean once in a while.  

Our Recommendation

  You should be all right performing DIY carpet cleaning if you don’t have pets, pest issues, or allergies. However, hiring a professional carpet cleaner is probably a better choice if you have any of these, mobility concerns, or are unable to move your furniture yourself. The very least you can do to keep your carpets looking and smelling their best is to pay for professional cleaning once every few months.
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