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Thinking About Cleaning Your Carpet? Here’s What You Need To Know

Carpeting can make a room cozier, warmer, and a lot more welcoming compared to a cold bare floor. But because they take up so much space in a room and get a lot of foot traffic, carpets need regular maintenance to keep them clean and neat. 

Man cleaning a carpet

Most people do not bother cleaning their carpets until they get visible stains or pet odor, but it shouldn’t be that way. Carpet and upholstery cleaning will make your space a healthier home since you’ll have gotten rid of potentially harmful dirt, mold, and bacteria. Clean carpets also last for a long since they're frequently maintained.

If you’re cleaning your carpet for the first time, read on to understand the basics of quality carpet cleaning, so you know how best to solve your problem.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner 

Vacuum cleaner

The quickest and simplest way to do carpet cleaning is by vacuuming. Professional carpet cleaning companies recommend vacuuming your carpet at least once a week. Doing otherwise will lead to your carpet looking discolored and frayed. Dust and other foreign particles may not always be visible, but they cause wear and tear due to the abrasion of the soft carpet fibers.

Dust particles could also harbor allergens that can cause general breathing problems. Carpets act as natural air filters, and they cannot do this effectively if the carpet's fibers are clogged with dirt, dander, pet hairs, and other debris. Consider using a vacuum cleaner with soft, rotating brushes that will clean out the dust from the bottom layer of your carpet. 

Steam Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning

The type of carpet you own, its material, and the extent to which it’s stained will determine what cleaning methods are most appropriate. Stains vary from food and beverages to muddy footprints to urine or stool from pets and successful stain removal requires a unique approach to clean out and also get rid of any lingering odors.

Dry cleaning also called dry compound cleaning, uses a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Dry cleaning materials typically in the form of powder are applied to the surface of the carpet. 

These compounds are applied using hand brushes and special brushing machines to ensure they penetrate the surface. The carpet is allowed to absorb these compounds for some time before they are removed with a vacuum cleaner.

Steam cleaning, despite its name, does not use steam. Instead, it uses a hot water extraction system. It is the most thorough method of cleaning your carpet and is preferred by most professional cleaners.

This is because extracting dirt with hot water is the only deep cleaning method that can remove grime, dirt, and debris deep inside the carpet leaving zero residues unlike other methods (including dry cleaning) that mostly clean the surface. 

A solution of hot water and detergent is sprayed onto the carpet. This action forces dirt from the bottom of the pile and onto the surface. The dirt is immediately sucked up by the vacuum hose and stored in a holding tank. 

For smaller carpets, this process is carried out using a portable cleaner. But as for bigger carpets that are typically used in office settings, hotels, and prime residential areas, a truck specially fitted with the relevant equipment is often used. The truck remains outside while a large hose is used indoors to do the cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning with Harmful Substances

Not every cleaning solution on the market is right for your carpet. Even if you have very stubborn stains, there are harmful chemicals that you should avoid using at all costs.

Some are harsh chemicals and may worsen the problem by damaging the carpet beyond repair or leaving behind a permanent odor, which is the last thing anyone wants. Just because you use a certain chemical for grout cleaning doesn't make it an effective carpet cleaner.

It is important to be mindful of the cleaning solutions that you use. A common mistake in the cleaning process is the over-saturation of water and/or detergents. Most carpet cleaning solutions already have an optimized pH (neutral) to prevent physical damage, but it won’t hurt to take note of the pH of a detergent before using it.

Also, avoid using bleach and harsh detergents. Stick to non-toxic cleaning solutions developed specifically for carpets and rugs from professional distributors, as their production process took into account all of the aforementioned factors.

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

Whether you are DIYing or having it cleaned by a carpet cleaning company, it is important to establish a routine for how frequently you want your carpet cleaned. As mentioned earlier, for ‘lighter’ cleaning, most experts say you should vacuum a carpet at least once a week.

The location also matters. Homes are more private, and to some extent, you have control over whom and what comes into contact with your carpet. You can get away with weekly vacuuming and the occasional thorough cleaning once or twice a year. Public settings such as offices, hotel lobbies, boardrooms, and such are high-traffic areas. In such cases, it is recommended that carpet cleaning is done thoroughly every 3-6 months.

Should I Clean It Myself Or Hire Carpet Cleaning Services?

Whoever does your carpet cleaning will depend on your objectives and the total cost. A simple food stain on your carpet at home or in the office should be relatively easy to clean and is something you can do for yourself. However, if the carpet is very large, expensive, or made from a sensitive material, it is best to hire professional carpet cleaners. 

Professional carpet cleaning services not only have extensive experience in dealing with all sorts of stains and odors, but they also have trained technicians skilled in using modern carpet cleaning technology that is far more effective than conventional methods such as detergent, brushes, and vacuums.

The Bottom Line

If you have a lot of carpeting in your home, you must be aware of the abuse carpets get from spills, pets, and shoes. For most people, this abuse may make carpet cleaning seem like a daunting task, but in reality, for most cases, it’s not that complex a process. 

With the right tools and a bit of research, it is possible to clean your carpet and keep it well maintained all year round. For the best carpet cleaning services in Birmingham, get in touch with Extreme Services today by calling (205) 928-8701. We'll be glad to take your phone call.

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