Carpet cleaning: five easy steps
In our 30 years of experience in the carpet industry, one of the major considerations of our clients in purchasing a carpet is maintenance and cleaning.
Imagine this, you’ve just purchased a rug for your home. You invite your friends for a party, but tragedy strikes– someone accidentally spills wine on your brand-new piece. Your heart sinks, and you search for ways to clean your precious new rug. Don’t worry. We’re here to teach you how to clean your precious carpet at home.
It is important to note that you need to know the material of your carpet since different types of materials have unique cleaning methods. If you have a carpet made of synthetic fibers such as polypropylene or polyester, you must know that they are remarkably easy to clean. If you have a carpet made of natural fibers, it’s best to consult a professional carpet cleaner for this.
Polyester is friendly to allergy sufferers. It sheds moisture and resists molds and mildew. It is also stain and fade-resistant, implying that spills won’t alter this synthetic fiber. If your polyester rug is small enough, you can even throw it in the washing machine. In most commercial-size washers and dryers, a 200 X 290 cm rug can fit.
On the other hand, polypropylene rugs are easy to clean and wash thanks to the remarkable properties of this appealing plastic fiber. They have excellent resistance against moisture and superb quality of stain color retention– you don’t have to worry about the colors fading.
Before doing anything, use a vacuum cleaner first. Vacuum both sides of the rug thoroughly to eradicate any lingering dust. Roll the rug and take it outside to your cleaning area when it’s clean. Be sure to pick a day when the weather is clear and sunny (preferably for the next few days).
Do not steam clean your rug in high temperatures. It might not be able to withstand the heat of a steamer. This could potentially ruin the soft texture of the rug.
For the next steps, the materials you need are a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, about 5L of water, carpet shampoo, an old toothbrush, a carpet brush, or any soft-bristled brush, probably some paper towels and a pair of rubber gloves.
- Lightly wet the surface with clean water.
- Apply some carpet shampoo. Be sure to check if the detergent is suitable for the type of carpet you have.
- Gently rub the area using your bare hands, an old toothbrush, a carpet brush, or any soft-bristled brush to work the shampoo or soap into stubborn spots.
- Vacuum the water off with a wet and dry vacuum to let it dry.
- Repeat the process until the specific area of dirt is removed.
Whole Piece Cleaning
- Hose down the rug with water. Ascertain the water flows in the direction of the pile.
- Apply some carpet shampoo or white perla.
- To save time and effort, use a carpet or soft-bristled brush to allow the shampoo or soap to work its way into the rug.
- Hose down the rug with water again to rinse.
- Leave the rug hanging to dry. You may also use a wet and dry vacuum to remove any excess water.
- The carpet fibers may seem flattened after cleaning, but a final round of vacuuming will comb your rug, restoring its familiar appearance.