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How to Clean Your CarpetsCarpets are great for your home because they can help cushion falls, help with noise levels, act as a natural insulator. Carpets are also a great way to add color, pattern, and texture to your home.

Caring for your carpets is important to keep them clean and looking like new. You should regularly vacuum, roughly every few days, and if you have pets, you may have to vacuum more often. Generally, you should vaccuum once a week per person in your household or roughly 20 pounds of pet. For example, if a couple lives with two small dogs, they should vaccuum three times a week.

Along with vacuuming, you should also thoroughly clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months. Check out these tips for spot cleaning and maintaining your carpeting.

Spot cleaning

If you are generally a clean person, you may only need to spot clean. This means you only treat the small spots when they appear. This way, you don’t have to thoroughly clean your carpet as often. To spot clean, you just need to follow these steps.
  • Blot fresh stains with a dry, white cloth. Make sure it’s white because cloths with patterns or have been dyed may transfer to your carpet.
  • Choose the right cleaner and spray on top of the stain. Make sure to do research on the best cleaner for your stain and carpet type. 
  • Make sure to test the cleaner product on a small inconspicuous part of the carpet. This will determine if the product you choose is safe to use. You want to make sure that no dye comes off your carpets and that the cleaner doesn't leave a stain.
  • Apply a small amount of the cleaner to the cloth and blot the stain. 
  • Use a clean cloth with water and soak up any remaining soap.

Another spot cleaning method

If you have a stubborn stain, you can try another method to clean it. You just need white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, a white cloth, and an iron. 
  • Simply spray the spot with a solution of one-part vinegar to two-parts water. 
  • Lay the damp rag over the spot.
  • Iron the spot with the steam setting for about 30 seconds. If the stain remains, repeat the steps. 

Renting a cleaner

When it’s finally time to deep clean your carpet, you can rent a cleaner from your local store or supermarket and buy some detergent. Your carpets will be wet and you won’t be able to go back into the room for a few hours. It’s a good idea to do rooms with less traffic first and then do the more commonly-used rooms one at a time. 
  • To prepare to shampoo your carpets, you need to prepare the room. If you can, remove all the furniture. For bulky or heavy furniture, place plastic under the legs of the piece to protect it from water damage. 
  • Make sure to vacuum thoroughly. Vacuum forward and back and then left to right. Make sure to spot-treat any stains. Shampooing your carpet will remove grime but the heat can also set stains. 
  • Prepare the cleaning solution according to the directions on the bottle. 
  • Once you rent one, make sure to start cleaning in the farthest area from the door and work your way out. You don’t want to trap yourself in a corner.
  • When you’re using the cleaner, make sure to take off your shoes and just wear clean socks.
  • Make sure your room is well ventilated. Make sure the carpet dries completely, which can take six to 12 hours.

Hire a professional cleaning service

If you want to deep clean your carpet but nervous to do so, you can hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Since they are professionals, they know all the tips and tricks to make your carpets look brand new. They are more powerful equipment than the ones you can rent or buy and they have the experience removing stains. Make sure to do your research and find the best service for your home. You will also get to choose between a steam cleaning and a dry extraction cleaning.
  • Steam cleaning. To steam clean, you need hot water, a machine and detergent. But this method you have to wait for your carpet to dry. With professionals, they tend to dry quicker.
  • Dry extraction. A dry extraction means that they will use a dry absorbent compound over the carpet and then it gets vacuumed up by the cleaning machine. These tend to be a bit more expensive.

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on July 14, 2016 - Moving Expert
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