Everyone who has a carpet at home knows that sometimes it becomes really hard to clean it without hiring a pro. Still, there are some ways to make carpet cleaning easy and to get impressive results. What is more, you will not have to spend money on professional carpet cleaning service. For sure, when it comes to Commercial Cleaning, it is always better to hire a pro, but at home, you can use a stream cleaning to reduce dust, remove stains and odors.
In contrast to dry professional cleaning provided by the professional companies, steam cleaning is a water-based method.
Steam cleaning has a lot of advantages. It saves money, does not require any professional equipment, and is not toxic. The only disadvantage is that you will have to wait before your carpet will get dry.
Preparation for Steam Cleaning
- Vacuum cleaning
First of all, you will need to vacuum the carpet if you want cleaning to be effective. To do it properly, pick up everything from the floor, starting from toys to books and some small details. To make everything perfect, it is better to remove all the furniture. Still, you can just pick up smaller pieces as lamps, ottomans, and chairs. Then, make sure that you have dusted all the baseboards. Right after, you can start vacuuming. Note that it is better to vacuum in two directions to ensure that the fiber will get clean from all sides.
- Treat Stains
If you do not want stains to return, you will have to treat them before cleaning. The thing is that the process of steam cleaning involves heat that can make the stains harder to remove.
As we said before, you do not need any special equipment to make steam cleaning. Still, you will have to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations while choosing products. Just try not to use highly perfumed ones to avoid such side effects as asthma or allergy. Frankly speaking, the DIY products are supposed to be better and much cheaper.
Use 1 tablespoon of an oil-based soap such as Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for every quart of nearly boiling water. An oil-based soap is helpful when you have to deal with darker places on your carpet because usually they are oil-based as well. You are right, “like dissolves like”. Make a first go-thorough.
The second go-though is aimed at neutralizing and removing the soap. That is why you will have to use a 50/50 mix of nearly boiling water and vinegar. The vinegar will lift away the dirt and grime, as well as will leave a deodorizing effect on your carpet.