We all know that we should vacuum our carpets to keep them clean, but sometimes it’s not enough. Vacuuming will get rid of the dirt and debris on the surface, but you still need to deep clean your carpet every once in a while to remove stains and other types of dirt and grime. This blog post will discuss what deep cleaning your carpet entails and provide tips for how often you should do it.
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?
The first step is to determine how often you should deep clean your carpet. Since every house and household is different, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
If you have kids or pets that spend a lot of time on the floor (and go outside occasionally), then it may be necessary for you to do this process weekly. You should also consider doing a more thorough cleaning if someone in your home has an illness like asthma since their body would not handle any dirt particles well at all.
If none of these factors apply to you, once per month will likely suffice. Of course, it depends on where the carpet is and what type of traffic goes over it daily. If your carpet is in a high-traffic area of the house or near an entryway where everyone goes through every day, you may want to clean it more often.
Get Rid Of Dust/Dirt
To get started, you should vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Vacuuming will pick up a lot of loose dirt and dust that can cause stains. Dust and soil particles remain on the carpet fibers causing them to look dull and retain odors, gradually wearing down the carpet backing and fibers.
Take the time to remove furniture and other items from the carpet for the most comprehensive vacuum cleaning. Select a suitable vacuum height for your type of carpet to obtain the maximum amount of suction. For the most significant effects, vacuum slowly and systematically over high-traffic regions many times.
Lint rollers are also helpful for cleaning crumbs off of surfaces. Use one to remove any residual lint after a quick clean-up. The best way to remove pet hair from a carpet is by using a squeegee. A rubber-edged squeegee will not damage the carpet, and it will gather the hair in one easy step!
If there are stains on your carpet sitting for a while, you want to use an enzymatic cleaner. Enzymes break down the proteins in organic materials like food and pet urine to not attract dirt or cause foul odors anymore. If you aren’t sure what type of stain is present, it’s best not to rub too hard since this could spread the spot around instead of removing it completely.
Try dabbing at the area with club soda first if you don’t need an enzyme cleanser yet. Club soda contains carbonic acid, which breaks up oil-based stains naturally! Afterward, spray or pour ammonia onto spills before immediately blotting them away with paper towels (be careful, though, because ammonia is a strong chemical). In case of a liquid spill, use paper towels or a white cloth to soak up the water as soon as you can. Never use something that might not be colorfast.
How To Deep Clean Your Carpet
Once you’ve determined that deep cleaning your carpet is necessary, here are some tips for doing this task.
Baking Soda And Salt
Baking soda and salt are two ingredients that you can use to clean your carpet. Combine three parts of water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle or bucket, then add three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of salt. Remember to always test the solution on an inconspicuous area first (an old towel works great for this) before applying it to your carpet! This method works because the baking soda breaks up grease stains and absorbs odors, while the salt scrubs away oil and dirt (and is safe for all carpets).
Start by pouring or spraying a generous amount onto any stains, then immediately scrub with a wet brush in circles until they disappear. Dab the area with a towel to soak up excess water, then dry it thoroughly using a clean white cloth. Sprinkle salt over the dampened areas and scrub in circles again until they disappear. Then, wipe off any remaining salt residue by going back over the carpet with your brush or vacuum cleaner.
Distilled white vinegar is another common agent that you can use to clean the carpet. This method works because the acid in distilled white vinegar cuts through dirt, grease, and oil (and deodorizes). To deep-clean your carpet with this solution, make a bucket of warm water mixed with approximately one cup of distilled white vinegar.
First, test the solution on an inconspicuous area of your carpet. If there aren’t any adverse effects like discoloration or fading, then wet the entire stained area with the solution. After waiting a few minutes to allow it to absorb into dirt and grease stains, scrub stubborn areas in circles using a stiff brush until they disappear. Then use a wet cloth or towel to wipe up the vinegar solution, followed by vacuuming over the entire carpet to lift dirt and other particles away.
Some people prefer to deep clean their carpet with steam. This method works because the heat of the steam penetrates stains and loosens embedded dirt while also killing dust mites that could be living in your carpet.
First, test any solution on an inconspicuous area of your carpet to ensure it won’t damage the fabric. Then, mix one part of distilled white vinegar with two parts of warm water in a spray bottle or bucket. You can also add about thirty drops of essential oil to help deodorize your carpet while adding freshness and cleanliness.
Spray the solution over any stained areas and scrub with a stiff brush in circles until they disappear. Afterward, wipe away any moisture by going back over the area again with your brush or vacuum cleaner.
Use A Professional Cleaner If Needed
If you’ve tried all of the suggestions above and your carpet is still not clean, it may be time to call in professional help. Many companies offer this service for an affordable price which cuts down on hours spent scrubbing stains yourself! Remember that these cleaners are only meant to deep clean your carpets; they shouldn’t replace regular cleaning sessions that take place once per month at a minimum.
Carpets are a significant part of any home, and if you want yours to look its best, it’s essential that you deep clean them regularly. There are many different ways to do this but always start by testing any solution on an inconspicuous area before applying it.