Equipment and technique for effective carpet cleaning |
There are a few basic rules to follow when cleaning a carpet; never aim to make a carpet look new again my yourself this is nearly impossible because carpets wear out over time, especially if they are not regularly cleaned, and therefore can never look new again. Only some big truck mounted carpet cleaning specialist machines can have a chance to make carpets look new again.
Some carpet stains are nearly impossible to remove, so no matter how much you clean them you will never remove them completely. However with hard work and the right carpet stain removers most stains can be removed from carpet. Always examine the carpet before you start a carpet cleaning job and if you spot a potential problem never be afraid to make your customer aware of it as this will help to avoid disputes after you have finished the job.
Nylon carpets are easier to clean because in most cases you can safely use strong cleaning solutions with very hot water without damaging them so learn to identify the type of carpet you are cleaning. Wool carpets need special care or superior vacuumed truck mounted because strong cleaning solutions with very hot water can loosen dyes and make them run so always test a small area before you start, wool carpets can also shrink if you over wet them so try and minimise the amount of water you use and get them dry in the shortest time possible, use a turbo dryer where possible.
It takes time and experience to become a good carpet cleaner so start off by cleaning your own carpet and carpets for friends and family, this will give you an idea of the time involved, which will be useful when pricing carpet cleaning jobs it also gives you a chance to perfect your technique before you go out to clean for a living. I have put together the following guide to cleaning carpets, it may not be perfect but will point a you in the right direction.
Before you start cleaning a carpet you may need to thoroughly vacuum the area, this removes any loose dirt and dust and will allow the pre-spray and cleaning solution in later stages to penetrate deeper into the carpet pile for more effective cleaning. Another benefit of pre vacuuming is that it will prevent any large bit of debris entering your extraction carpet cleaner and clogging up your wand or machine.
Once you have vacuumed the carpet you should lightly spray the entire carpet with a pre spray such as "citrus gold", you should use an 5 litre pump up sprayer with a long nozzle. Once you have lightly sprayed the entire carpet go back over heavy dirt marks, usually found in doorways and around settees. Let the pre-spray dwell on the carpet for about 5 minutes before moving on to the next stage
Agitation of carpet pile
The carpet may need to be agitated with a special carpet brush. The benefits of agitation is that it breaks down the dirt and makes carpet cleaning in the next stage much easier it also lifts the carpet pile and allows the carpet cleaning solution to penetrate deeper into the carpet. After you have agitated the carpet wait for about 5 minutes before moving on to the next stage to give time for the pre-spray to breakdown stains.
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