Traditional vacuum cleaners do not always get deep down to ground in dirt and stains, much to the chagrin of homeowners. Especially those found in high traffic areas of the home, carpets need to be cleaned on a regular basis and will sometimes need more than just a conventional vacuuming. The only way to do this deep clean is with a quality carpet steam cleaner.
Companies who offer carpet cleaning services are able to charge a premium because the service is convenient and hassle free. However, people are more than able to do it themselves if they purchase their own steam machine or simply rent one. While the process takes time and requires some learning, the overall benefits and results are well worth the efforts put in.
After one gets a cleaner, whether they rent or buy, the first thing to do is decide what areas need to be cleaned. Because of the time investment, it is usually worth it to do all the areas that need it at once. Spot cleaning is fine, but most people find that they already have the machine out and the time set aside, so why not just do the entire space, this also ensures an even look and the ultimate in clean.
To start, all the furniture and items on the floor should either be removed entirely or pushed to the side of the room. This helps ensure that no furniture it damaged or stained with cleaning solution and also makes the cleaning process easier. Before steam cleaning, carpets need to be very thoroughly vacuumed so as to remove all big surface dust and debris.
The tank on the steam cleaner must be filled with warm water and a special solution. This solution usually comes with rented machined but is easily purchased at hardware store and grocery stores. Reading the instructions before starting to clean helps insure that the cleaning solution was added correctly and, therefore, will not do any damage to the carpets or the machine.
To start cleaning the carpets, the user should begin in the far corner of a room and work backwards. The best method to cleaning is in long, straight lines, which helps ensure no spots are missed. Beginning at the corner farthest from the door or entry to the next room leaves an exit point so the user does not have to walk on wet carpets.
Once all of the carpet has been cleaned, it must be left to dry before putting furniture back on it. Carpets should be dry to the touch before walking on them or replacing the items on it. The water tank on steam machines should be emptied regularly and the cleaning solution replaced, especially when going from one space to another.
Although carpet steam cleaner devices are safe, many find the strong smell a bit overpowering. To help with this, any windows in the space should be opened to allow for proper ventilation, this air movement will also help carpets dry faster. Taking regular breaks before moving onto other carpets and spaces is also recommended.