Carpet cleaning guide
If you have just renewed carpets in your house or you just want to refresh an existing carpet, you may be thinking what can I do next? if this is the case then continue reading are our simple and easy carpet cleaning guide on how you can keep your carpets looking brand new and give your existing carpets a new lease of life with our carpet cleaning guide.
Replacing an existing carpet can not only be a hassle it can also be a very expensive task, you have to take in to consideration lots of factors, for example;
• Cost of the new carpet and delivery
• Paying for a measuring service
• Cost of new underlay
• Cost of replacing damaged carpet grip
• Finding a reliable carpet fitter
• Finally the cost of labour for fitting the new carpet
The cost of living has risen dramatically over the last few years, and after considering all of the factors involved in replacing your carpet, you may just decide to get your existing carpet professionally cleaned instead, we have written this carpet cleaning guide to help you decide.
What can I do to refresh my existing carpet?
First of all you will need to give your carpet a very thorough vacuum clean, you want to start by clearing as much furniture out of the room as you can. Starting in the corners of the room and vacuuming along the edges, into the middle of the room.
This will not only remove all the surface dirt and debris, it will also remove some of the dust that’s been sitting around the bottom or under furniture.
Once you have given your carpet a thorough vacuum clean it is time to decide whether to clean the carpet yourself or call in the professionals to do it for you.
Do it yourself
If you have decided that you would like to tackle the carpet cleaning yourself it is advisable to do some research beforehand, use our carpet cleaning guide to help you. The best way to decide which machine to buy is by checking online reviews, reviews are there to help you as a consumer to find the best product at the best price and also choosing a product that has also been tried and tested out by real people.
You should be aware that there can be bogus reviews posted online, I always think if something sounds too good to be true it usually is, but don’t let that put you off making a decision, you do have a manufacturers guarantee with every purchase so if it doesn’t do what it says on the tin you are entitled to return it for a full refund.
How to choose a machine?
You may decide you want to be able to purchase a multi-use carpet cleaner, one that not only cleans carpets but can also clean your upholstery, or your hard floors too. Before choosing your carpet cleaner you should decide what you want to be able to use your machine for so carry on reading our carpet cleaning guide to help you decide.
If you want to be able to clean upholstery you will need to make sure it comes with all the suitable attachments, or whether you need to purchase them separately. You may also want to check what other features it has, for example a rinse feature or whether it uses hot or cold water to clean your carpet.
Once you have decided on a machine you can do a comparison with other machines just to double check that you have made the right choice and the carpet cleaner is suitable for your needs, the last thing you want to do is spend all that money and find you should have got the other one.
Before using your new carpet cleaner
Now you have decided on a carpet cleaner it’s time to tackle cleaning the carpet, but before you do we advise you always read the manufacturer’s instructions before using your new machine, You should always use the solutions recommended by the manufacturer, you may be tempted to use a cheaper brand or one that’s on offer but this could end up costing you more money in the long run.
Using your machine incorrectly or using products that were not recommended could not only damage your machine it could also damage your carpets and even void your warrantee.
Another thing to take into consideration before using your machine for the first time is to always check the cleaning solution is fit for the purpose of use, IE heavy traffic areas or woollen carpets or even if it is safe for use around your children or family pets.
Cleaning your carpets
Now you have read through all of the documentation that came with your machine and have chosen the correct cleaning solution, we advise that you carry out a patch test, you want to make sure that the area you are about to clean is not going to affected by the solution you are about to use, so you should always test a small patch in an area that cannot be seen just to make sure, if you are not sure how to carry out a patch test feel free to contact the manufacturer for advice.
Pre-treating your carpet
For heavily used areas such as hallways or stairs, or stained areas where a spillage has occurred it may be necessary to carry out a pre-treatment, the pre-treatment may be included with your new machine or you may be required to purchase it separately, always remember to read and follow the instructions included with your pre-treatment to benefit from its full potential.
Carrying out your carpet clean
If you have followed all of the above steps you are now ready to start cleaning your carpet. You should always start in the corner furthest away from the doorway, this will ensure you do not need to walk over your freshly cleaned carpet once you have finished.
You should always work in straight lines overlapping the last stroke as you go to ensure that you do not miss any areas of the carpet. You may need to go over some areas a few times if the carpet is excessively dirty, just remember that the more you do it the more water will be deposited into your carpet, this will extend the time it will take for the carpet to dry so make sure you try to suck up as much of the excess water as possible.
Some carpet cleaners have a built in rinse feature which is great as it allows you to remove any residue that has been left over from the cleaning solution, if your carpet cleaner does have a rinse feature you can just repeat the steps you did for the carpet cleaning starting in the same place, taking care not to excessively wet the carpet.
Drying your carpet
Now that you have successfully cleaned your carpet you will need to allow it to dry out. Drying out your carpet completely before putting all of your furniture back into the room is recommended to avoid any mould growing in between the carpet and the underlay or under furniture, we also want to avoid putting furniture onto wet carpet as the moisture can soak into wood causing it to warp or split.
There are a few things that you can do to speed up the drying process, one of the things you can do is trying to plan your carpet cleaning during the summer months, so you can leave doors and windows open for a few hours.
Carrying out your carpet cleaning during the winter months may lead to you having to leave the heating on for long periods of time or even using a heater in the room (following all safety precautions) until the carpet has dried out, the longer you can leave it to dry the better.
Calling in the professionals
We all lead such busy lives that even the thought of carrying out a carpet clean can be a daunting task let alone finding the time to do it, and that’s when it is time to call in the professionals.
Professional carpet cleaners are trained to carry out carpet cleans in a very short amount of time, what would take us 4-5 hours to complete will take them 1-2 hours, they are highly trained in all areas of carpet cleaning and will leave your carpets smelling clean, fresh and best of all looking just like new.
Maintaining your clean carpets
Now that you have cleaned your carpets, you really should make sure that they stay that way. Regular vacuum cleaning, spot cleans and a professional cleaning service, every 12-18 months will not only prolong the life of your carpet, it will keep them looking fresh, clean and germ free.
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