Yes after busy summer every one wonders about cleanliness. They wonder how to clean the dusty carpets, they do think of hiring the pro but you might not know that cleaning yourself is not so hard job rather it is really fast and impressive as well.
Carpet Steam Cleaning.
Steam cleaning is one of the carpet cleaning methods where the carpet is washed using water and dry chemicals. Actually, the carpet is not cleaned by the steam but it’s the detergent that is used with the steam or hot water which cleans the carpet. There is obviously an expert cleaner in the town who will help out to clean the carpet but if you have time and desire to do your work by yourself then you can do the cleaning job by yourself. You might feel surprised to know that you don’t need professional equipment to steam clean your carpet, but as we use water it might take longer before your carpet is ready to walk on.
The process of cleaning the carpet using the steam clean
We need to vacuum the carpet before steam clean the carpet. We use these steamers to wash and partially dry carpets, taking out grime as they go. It would be just surface cleaning. If you wish to clean thoroughly then better to vacuum first.
Let’s begin with learning how to vacuum properly first.
- Clean the floor first, removing all the items like toys books etc.
- Removing items also include furniture if they can’t be done the remove) small pieces, better to take these items to other room.
- Wipeout dust if any from the Windows, baseboards, so that dust won’t fall on the vacuumed carpet.
- Let’s protect remaining furniture’s using cervix by attaching around the base of the walls and furniture.
- Vacuum carpet in two directions so that it is cleaned thoroughly, after that in a 90-degree angle so that every side of the carpet gets cleaned.
We also need to remove the stains before the using steam clean.
After vacuum, it’s necessary to remove stains first or it will come back after few days.
Preparing of the room to be steam clean.
Now let’s prepare our room for cleaning using the steam cleaner. Empty the room as far as possible but if not then don’t forget to wrap the edges or feet of furniture with wax paper or aluminum foil. This process helps us to protect the furniture and help to keep furniture dry by not absorbing any moisture in the carpet which was left behind after steam cleaning. Let’s leave them until carpets are dry properly.
It’s good to test the cleaning product first before using on the carpet. We can test it on the closet. This way we know whether the product is good or not.
Main step of cleaning the Carpet with steam clean
Keeping the life of machine in mind we can use the product recommended by the manufacturer but we must also know that these recommended might be highly perfumed, and are not good for the people who have allergies and asthma. There is the homemade solution also you want to try.
For the first step, use 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for every quart of almost but not boiling water while filling machine tank. Castile soap is oil based, as it is excellent at powering through many carpet stains. Since it’s a soap we need to rinse out of carpet to finish the cleaning. And that is the second step.
On the second step use 50-50 mix of white vinegar and almost boiling water. As we can find vinegar has stain fighting properties along with that it also has the capacity to neutralize and remove the soap. This second step will lift away more dirt and Grimes while deodorizing the carpet. We don’t need to follow it with clean water rinse.
Operate the Steam Cleaner Properly
Almost all carpet steam cleaners are designed to lay down water when we push the machine forward and extract water while we pull it back. We need to be careful while pulling it back. We need to pull the machine very slowly so that the machine would extract as much water as possible. If too much water is left behind then carpet would cause padding to get soaked and can lead to mold, mildew and horrible odors.
So, it is best to steam clean carpet when the weather is warm enough to open the window so that air will help to dry up. Or you can also run the fans.
How often to do Carpet Steam Cleaning?
At a minimum, we need to steam clean our carpet once a year. If we have pets, suffer from allergies or wear shoes indoor then we need to steam clean it more often. Since the weather is warm during late spring and autumn, it is the best time to steam carpets. It is because we just need to open windows for the drying process.
Remember, the carpet cleaning is time-consuming and hard work. it is better to do if you love doing your work yourself or you have enough time to accomplish the cleaning job. You can always rely on the professional cleaners if you are short of time. The professionals will help you to accomplish the carpet steam cleaning for you.