Do we know how to clean our carpets?

Do we know how to clean our carpets?

This may sound like a simple question and many of you would probably answer ‘’Yes’’ to it. However, end of tenancy cleaning of a carpet involves a lot more than simple vacuuming. Vacuuming takes away only the surface dirt while all the dust buildup that is collected in the fibers will simply stay there no matter how often you vacuum. That is why, you should deep clean your carpet at least once every 3 months in order to keep it fresh and clean, which will prevent the formation of allergies.

Stains

Every stain on your carpet has to be dealt with immediately. Stains left to soak in the fibers will be a lot harder to treat and remove. Remember to never rub any stains in as they will settle even deeper in the fibers. Instead use kitchen roll or a dry, clean cloth to soak up the stain. After that apply cleaning solution, let it work and then rinse with clean water and again dry the place with kitchen roll or a cloth.

Use the appropriate solution

Carpets are made of various materials and that is why it is important to use the right solution for yours. Universal carpet solutions are never a good idea because they are not specifically made to be gentle on the most delicate carpets. For example, if you have a woolen carpet then you would need a solution that is wool safe. Check out the manufacturers recommendations for cleaning and follow them strictly. Always try the chosen product on a small area first so you can see if it is working properly without damaging the carpet.

Pre-treating

In case you have a dirty carpet that hasn’t been cleaned for ages, you need to pre-treat it in order to prepare it for the cleaning solution. Most cleaning solutions would be great for light stains however, they would not work as good on heavily soiled carpets that have not been pre-treated. Most cleaning solutions will come with a special pre-treatment kit. In case you have to buy it separately, make sure you get the right solution and applicator wand. Leave the pre-treatment solution for several minutes and then continue cleaning the carpet.

Cleaning time

Once you have prepared the carpet for cleaning, you are required to start from the furthest place away from the door and work your way outwards. This will prevent you from walking over the already cleaned but damp area. Separate the carpet in sections and clean each section using parallel strokes and overlap slightly to prevent the appearance of streaks. Make sure you do not over soak your carpet as this will prevent it from drying quickly. For best result try and use a vacuum cleaner with a rinse mode. This will remove any leftover residue from the cleaning solution and will allow it to dry normally. Carpet cleaning doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. If performed properly it will deliver amazing results allowing you to enjoy one clean and fresh carpet.