Equipment you need
Before you plan to clean your carpets, you will need two pieces of basic equipment on hand: a vacuum and the carpet shampooer itself. Vacuuming prepares the carpet for cleaning by getting rid of excess debris and dirt. Obviously, the most important piece of equipment you will need is the carpet shampooing machine. There are many options available depending on your carpet cleaning needs. You can choose to rent a carpet shampooer from a grocery or home improvement store, or to purchase one to have at home any time you need it. It is important to look at features such as clean and dirty water tank capacities, scrubbers, pet hair removal, multifunction attachments, and power. Once you have these tools, now comes the preparation.
Preparations before shampooing
Before you shampoo the carpet, there are several important preparations to ensure successful cleaning. It is helpful to vacuum the areas to be cleaned so you do not have unnecessary debris and dirt that might clog the shampooer. Before you begin shampooing, you will need to gently remove any large or deep stains from the carpet with a special stain remover or a higher concentration of detergent with brushes or special machine attachments. If you directly shampoo the carpet without removing the stains, you will end up spreading the stain to various other parts of the carpet.
Choosing the right carpet shampoo
There are many different kinds of carpet shampoo depending on your type of carpet and special cleaning needs. You also need to consider any allergies of the members of your household to specific chemicals or scents. For example, organic or scent-free carpet shampoo is a good choice if you have kids and pets. For high traffic or heavily stained areas, a stronger shampoo is advisable. Study the instructions well before you start the shampooing. It also is advisable to test the carpet shampoo in a spot that is out of sight, such as a corner, to ensure the shampoo does not cause fading or damage. Be mindful of the quantity of shampoo you use, as you could end up with too much foam that will be difficult to remove.
Tips for effective DIY carpet shampooing
Use only the recommended amount of carpet shampoo in the carpet cleaning machine, according to the shampoo label and the machine manufacturer’s directions. The carpet shampooing machine will gently dispense small amounts of the detergent into the carpet along with heat. It is very helpful to let the shampoo soak in before you begin to scrub or rinse it out. This will help the shampoo penetrate deep into the fibers and remove residual dirt and grime. Devote extra time to heavily soiled areas by using the scrubbing brushes of the machine several times.
The last cleaning step is to rinse the carpet thoroughly. You may have to repeat the rinsing process several times so there is no detergent residue left that will attract dirt to the carpet fibers. It is important that you do not walk over the shampooed area with shoes and dirty feet. Your efforts will go in vain if you do so. After shampooing, cover the area with a thin plastic or polythene sheet to protect it if you cannot restrict traffic in the cleaned area. Now that you are finished shampooing and rinsing, you need to allow the carpet to dry completely.
After you finish shampooing your carpet, you need to dry out the carpet to prevent any mildew and musty odor. You can air out your home by opening windows and doors to help the air to circulate and speed up the drying process. It also is advisable to shampoo your carpet when the weather outdoors is warm, as you will be able to air out the room and also encourage the carpet to dry quickly. You can also choose to rent high-powered drying fans to speed up the drying process if the weather does not permit.
Now that you have the tips for successful DIY carpet shampooing, you can tackle the job yourself and hopefully save money in the long run. Regular cleaning helps to enhance the life of your carpets and overall quality of your home.
If you have any questions on how to clean specific types of carpet or products to use, call the experts at Gowdy Flooring at (806) 353-6226 today. You can also click here to send us an email. We invite you to visit our showroom at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas to talk to our staff and view our products to meet all your flooring needs.