Let’s face it: no matter how many times you clean your carpet, your vacuum cleaner can only do so much. Vacuum cleaners can’t always get the dirt that’s deep in your carpet, and can’t remove stains, so what do you do next? Carpets should be deep cleaned every 12-18 months to keep it looking new. The next step is up to you whether or not you want to hire a professional service to clean your carpet or if you want to do it yourself. If you’re the type of person who would rather rent a steam-cleaning machine, it might be more cost effective for you to clean your carpets yourself. There are many different models of steam cleaners to rent, so be sure to look around and see which one best suits your needs. Make sure you pay close attention to the reviews of others on whether that particular model works or if it’ll end up damaging your carpet. There are a couple of things to be considered when you’re DIYing a carpet cleaning, so it’s best to be well prepared ahead of time.
Steam cleaners essentially use a combination of very hot water and cleaning agents in a solution that is applied to the carpet and then removed by way of vacuum suction. Not only is this type of cleaning effective for sanitation and stain removal, it poses little risk if it is done correctly to your carpets.
Many companies have equipment available to rent that is on par with what the professionals bring along with them. A good cleaner has enough suction power to ensure that the carpet will by fully dry within twelve hours after cleaning. As a general rule, you should do well to stay away from units rented from grocery and retail stores, since they often lack the power needed to pull the cleaning products from the fibers quick enough, and that can lead to your carpet becoming water-damaged. You can decrease the amount of time it takes the carpet to dry by using fans to move the air around, and/or a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air.
Any time your carpet gets wet there is a small danger of moisture damage. This is only an issue if the carpet stays wet for an extended amount of time, generally over a day. If a carpet is left too wet for too long of a period, it can cause a number of complications, including growth of mold and bacteria. It could also potentially cause some physical damage to the carpet itself by warping the backing or causing the fibers to split.
If the carpet is specifically designed to be stain resistant, than you need to be very careful to not damage the coating that gives it this ability. Only products specially designed to clean these types of carpets should be used. Otherwise, the carpet may become vulnerable to staining, and any warranties will likely be voided. Additionally, you should stay away from any powerful chemicals, such as bleach. This can easily end up leaving your carpet discolored. Silicone-based solutions are also a no-no.
Before conducting a Do-It-Yourself carpet cleaning project, be sure to do your research before further damaging your carpet. With the right equipment and tools, your carpet will look brand new once again.
Cleaning a carpet can breathe new life into the floor of your home, but if it’s full of holes or is wrinkled due to faulty installation, it won’t look its best. Nip & Tuck Flooring offers carpet stretching and repair in Denver CO, and would be happy to help make your carpet look brand new again!