How To Clean Your Carpet Yourself
Not only do clean homes look great, but they also smell better, too. Not only does this make a home more homey, but it can have numerous mental health benefits. A big part of keeping your home clean is cleaning the carpets. For many people, this seems like a big task. However, cleaning your carpet the right way doesn’t have to be hard. In fact with a little preparation, it can be as easy as 1,2,3.
In this article from Value Carpets and Flooring, we’ll be going through the steps you can take to clean your carpet quickly and to a high standard.
Things You’ll Need
Before you can start the cleaning process, you’ll have to gather a few supplies.
- Spray Bottle
- Microfiber Cloth
- Old towel
- Clothes steamer
- Steam mop
- Oscillating fan
- Scrub brush
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Table Salt
First Steps: Hoovering Your Carpet
The first thing you should do when cleaning your carpet is to hoover thoroughly using a hoover with a strong suction setting. This is because dust and other intrusive particles, once settled on a carpet, can make them look dull and retain odours.
Using a hoover to remove these particles early ensures that they don’t have a chance to settle and ruin your carpet. Make sure to spend an appropriate amount of time on high traffic areas – as these will have a greater concentration of dust particles. If you have any pets, you can run a rubber-edged squeegee over your carpet to collect any pet hair.
Second Step: Clean Any Stains
Ideally, you’ll clean any stains as they appear; however, sometimes you might not catch all of them. Not only can spilled liquids trap scents in your carpet, but they can also leave your carpet looking dull or discoloured if left for a long time. As such, it’s important to clean spills as soon as possible.
If the spill is relatively new, you can use a towel to blot away most of the moisture. If the stain is tougher – for example mud – you can use a credit card or other similar device to lift away most of the stain from the carpet. Then you can clean it as below.
Third Step: White Vinegar Mixture
For the next step, you want a mixture of white vinegar and water at roughly 1:3 ratio. Spray the solution on your carpet, ensuring uniform coverage. Ideally, you’ll want your carpet to be quite damp. Allow the solution to sit on your carpet for about 5 minutes – this will ensure that it starts to break down anything sitting in your carpet fibres.
Once your carpet has had appropriate time to soak, you want to use a damp towel to blot out any dirt or grime away from your carpet. Make sure to use a nearby bucket of water to ensure that your towel remains damp, and replace the bucket frequently to make sure that your water doesn’t become grimy. Once done, your carpet should be free of pesky particles.
Fourth Step: Dry
Finally, it’s time to tie everything together. Thankfully, this step is by far the easiest. All you have to do is open your doors and windows and let the room dry out naturally. Make sure that no one stands on the carpet while it is drying, however, as this may lead to the carpet becoming dirty again before it’s even clean.
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