Vacuuming carpets or giving floors a quick mop once in a while isn't enough if you want to keep the surfaces under your feet in tip-top condition.Wooden and tiled floors are much simpler to clean than carpets – it's a job that shouldn't pose any problems if you want to tackle it yourself and you won't need to hire any equipment. |
There comes a time in the life of every carpet when vacuuming can no longer restore its clean appearance. Once a year, perhaps for that big spring clean, you need to get below the surface and do some deep cleaning on your carpets and floors.
There are four major indicators of the need for a deep-cleaning job: the carpet is matted and feels sticky; the carpet is no longer the same color as the remnant you saved when the carpet was new; the carpet has grimy circles around the chairs; or the carpet releases a dust storm when you run across the room.
If any of these descriptions fit your carpet, then it is time to deep-clean it. Unless you have the time and strength to do a thorough cleaning job, it's time to call in the professionals. The only method for cleaning carpetingdown to the backing is to agitate it with a shampooer and rinse with an extractor. Here's how it's done:
Before cleaning your carpet, test for colorfastness. Moisten a white towel with the cleaning solution that you are going to use, and apply it to an inconspicuous area. If the towel does not pick up any color from the carpet, it is probably safe to use the solution on the entire carpet. Remove as much furniture from the room as possible, and place foil or plastic film under the legs and bases of the remaining furniture to prevent stains. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly, then spot-clean and pretreat stains before shampooing the carpet. Follow the instructions printed on the carpet cleaner. Use single strokes over the carpet surface. Do not apply heavy pressure with the machine. Wipe cleaning solutions and foam from furniture legs and woodwork immediately to prevent damage. Fluff damp fibers against the nap after shampooing to aid drying. Make sure the room is well-ventilated after cleaning to speed drying. Try not to walk on carpets until they are completely dry.
Here are some DIY deep cleaning tips. Carpets
Deep cleaning carpets properly requires equipment that you're unlikely to have in your own home.
The most common DIY method for deep cleaning carpets is to use hot steam. ‘Condition your carpet with a cleanser before using steam to scour it deep down, restoring dust-choked colours and killing bacteria,' Victoria says. ‘Be careful not to soak your carpets and to ensure they dry out as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is lingering, mould-encouraging moisture.'
Professional carpet cleaners are more likely to use shampoo – but you can do this yourself if you hire the right equipment. The rotary machine feeds cleaning solution through its revolving brushes, working it deep into the pile. The same machine then removes the solution, together with any ingrained dirt. If you want to use this method in your home, ensure the machine is intended for carpets and not hard flooring – if you arrange your hiring through us we can ensure you have the correct tools.
Dry foam extraction is a technique which involves using a machine to work foamed detergent into the carpet – this is then vacuumed out afterwards. Dry extraction is a similar method, but instead massages an absorbent compound cleaner into the carpet – this attracts oils and dirt which can then be removed by vacuuming.
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