How to Clean a Carpet Yourself in 6 Easy Steps

vacuum-cleaner-268179_640When it comes to cleaning your carpet, there’s nothing like a little preventative care. Vacuuming often will keep your carpet clean, remove dust and other allergens and give it years of added life. Exterior welcome mats and interior rugs will prevent carpet-damaging dirt and debris from entering the house.

But if you’ve been slacking in the vacuuming department lately, we’ll help you get everything cleaned up in 6 easy steps.

1.    Figure Out What Type of Carpet You Have

Is it made of synthetic fibers, wool, plant or something else? The type of carpet you have will determine which cleaning solution you can use and the exact method for cleaning you should follow.

2.    Do a Little Vacuum Maintenance

If your vacuum has a beater bar, make sure the brushes are free of lint, fuzz and threads. Check the suction port and hose to make sure there’s no blockage robbing you of suction power. Replace the bag or empty the canister so air can flow easily through the vacuum. Taking a minute to ensure your vacuum is in proper working order will save you time and give you a better clean.

3.    Spot Clean

If there are discolored blotches on your carpet, you’ll want to do a little spot cleaning to get rid of them. Choose a cleaning solution that matches the type of carpet you have. If you weren’t able to figure out what type of carpet you have, always test the solution in a small, inconspicuous spot before applying to the entire carpet.

The biggest key to spot cleaning is to blot, not scrub and use as little solution as possible. Too much liquid will sink into the carpet pad where it can linger, causing funky smelling mildew. Scrubbing destroys carpet fibers and pushes the stain deeper.

4.    Deodorize

Time, pets, kids and home life—cooking especially—can give your carpet a unique aroma. While you may not notice it anymore, your guests likely will. Find a scented carpet deodorizer at the grocery shop or simply use baking soda to deodorize your carpets. Sprinkle it liberally into the carpet and let it sit for a few hours. The longer you wait, the more time the deodorizer will have to do its work. Once the wait time is over, simply vacuum it up for a less stinky carpet.

5.    Vacuum

If you deodorized your carpet, you already completed this step. But if not, now is the time to do it. Your vacuum generates the most suction power on the back pull, so go slowly across the floor in one direction (east to west), then switch directions (north to south) and vacuum slowly.

6.    Enjoy Your Clean Carpet

And that’s it! Your carpet is clean, your home smells fresh and everything looks great.

Or does it? If you’ve followed these steps but still have spots or an odor, you may want to consider renting a hot water extraction machine. But be careful here because if you don’t use it properly you could make the situation drastically worse. Make sure you buy the proper cleaning solution for your type of carpet and follow the directions on the bottle and on the machine exactly. Remember to open the windows and use powerful fans to help dry the carpet. If you don’t remove every bit of moisture from the carpet, you’ll notice that a smell will start to develop.

If these simple steps haven’t left your carpet looking clean and lovely, your best bet would be to hire a professional cleaning company to take care of it. 1st Class Cleaning has professional level cleaning machines that can restore the beauty of your carpets and ensure a deep down clean.

Contact us today for more information on pricing and service!

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