If you’re deep-cleaning a carpet at home, you can save a lot of money from paying professional services. Do you have a carpet to clean? It can be handy to buy a steam cleaner and other carpet cleaning equipment so that you can clean this carpet yourself, in the way professionals do.
Tips to deep-clean your carpet
First, vacuum your carpet. Do it slowly and in a systematic way, going in all directions so that you get all the pet hair, dust and debris stuck in the pile. Next, you’ll want to remove stains.
For heavily stained or high traffic areas of your carpet, first mix half a cup of borax, half a cup of salt and half a cup of vinegar. Apply the paste to the most soiled areas of the carpet. Let it sit and dry for several hours. When it is dry, run the vacuum over the carpet once again to completely remove the deposit.
Now you can go ahead and use the steam cleaner. If your carpets are really dirty, then you may also want to add some vinegar to the water. Add it at a ratio of a cup of vinegar to 2.5 gallons of water.
Release the hot water to soak the carpet. Then go over the carpet in the vacuum mode three or four times to suck up as much water as possible. It helps to steam clean twice.
Why steam-cleaning is better than dry chemical cleaning
There are dry chemical cleaning options as well, but steam cleaning is fantastic because you don’t have to add the chemicals if you don’t want to. Hot water alone can do a good bit of cleaning, so you can skip adding the shampoo to the machine. It’s easy to over-shampoo if you don’t know what you’re doing. This later collects more dirt. The water should be really hot, however.
After steam cleaning and drying the carpets you can bring back your furniture.But try to place some foil below the furniture legs so that stain doesn’t bleed onto the carpet. You can remove the foil when the carpets are fully dry. Also, try to make it a rule not to wear shoes over the carpet.