3 Ways to Clean Carpets

A carpet is a covering used on floors in homes or commercial buildings which covers your whole floor area or parts of a floor. It is made out of thick layers of fibers such as wool or polymeric materials woven together. A wall to wall carpet is first transported to a location, laid on the floor and cut to size. Once carpets are laid they are constantly in contact with air which has varying amounts of water vapor. Also, when in in use other vapors and fumes may get absorbed into your carpet. One of the goals of carpet cleaning is to get rid of the dust, odors, pet hair, food particles, stains and dirt that gets accumulated.

When people and pets walk constantly tread on carpets, they accumulate dusts. With time, bacteria, viruses, allergens, and other microorganisms find their haven on carpets. A dirty or unclean carpet can cause many health issues. You, your family or your pet can get sick due to the transfer of contaminants from the carpet. The growth of microorganisms can be minimized when carpet cleaning is done intentionally and consistently. It is a good idea to have a mat at the entrance of your house. Regularly inspect it for dust. This will minimize dust from and dirt from the outside of your house to enter indoors.

Getting rid of the visible dirt and stain

You can get rid of visible dust and other things like hair and food particles by a simple vacuum cleaner. Choose a vacuum that is suited for you and your household budget and need. Vacuum can range from light weighted ones to heavy ones; and low cost ones to high end ones. A vacuum will extract most of the dust particles without damaging the surface of a carpet by removing the fibrous materials. Vacuuming can be a tedious task but if you do it regularly, the effort to eliminate dust will be less. Stain removal can be a challenging task. The best method is to wash a stain immediately. Use a cloth or towel that can absorb the stain. Then wet the stained area using a recommended stain removing liquid for the time specified. When your carpet is completely dry, use the vacuum cleaner only on the stained area. To remove heavy or old stains you may need to get a professional cleaner. Keep your cleaning equipment clean and tidy after every use. After each vacuum, empty the dust collector of the vacuum cleaner and store vacuum in a safe place away from children.

Removing odors

Before removing odors you must remove all dirt and dust as explained in the above paragraphs. Odors are caused by contamination due to the growth of microorganisms. Removing odors needs to be done very hygienically and you should take utmost care when doing so. Sometimes, you may need to lean on professional help. Certain odors can be removed by soapy solutions or readily available household chemicals such as baking soda, vinegar, or lemon juice. Make sure to dry your carpet completely after odor removing treatments. You must ensure that it is completely dry as residual liquids can trigger mold growth.

Deep cleaning

Deep cleaning can become a cumbersome task. If the necessity arises however, it important to know which methods to use. Deep cleaning means to take out dirt and stains that are old and have penetrated to the inside fibers of a carpet. Ordinary vacuum cleaning and stain removing will not be sufficient for deep cleaning, as it involves multiple steps. The deep cleaning machine has to be run slowly in two directions giving enough time to extract all dirt and dust. The next step is the stain removing and odor removing phase. The chemical solution or steam is sent with hot water as the medium. There are all sorts of solutions on the market for example bleach, ammonia. Some may lean towards natural cleaners such as essential oils. The deep cleaning machine then extracts the solution after the treatment. Some machines may include drying or otherwise you must take the responsibility of drying the carpet yourself. After the deep cleaning process, you may get a fresh scent from your carpets. Be intention about cleaning your carpet. It will save you time and money in the long run.

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