For most of us, cleaning a carpet simply means running a vacuum cleaner over the entire surface and praying that it delivers enough suction power to extract all debris from the fibers’ roots. However, that’s only one part of the carpet-cleaning process.
In this mini-guide, we’ll briefly go over the various methods of carpet cleaning, what tools you need to perform them, and how often you should do them.
Vacuuming is the most basic of carpet-cleaning methods available. You can use any kind of vacuum cleaner to get the job done, though canisters, backpacks, uprights, and sticks are the most common types.
Vacuuming is essential to remove surface debris while also picking up pollen, dust, and other particles residing between each individual fiber. You should vacuum at least twice a week or immediately after dusting.
Deep cleaning refers to the use of water and possibly liquid chemicals to remove deeply-ingrained stains from your carpet. To do this, you need a carpet cleaner that has both clean and dirty water tanks. The device might come with a built-in boiler, but you can also use hot water straight from the tap.
Deep cleaning a carpet is an irregular part of carpet maintenance. For the most part, you’ll only need to deep clean a carpet whenever you notice pet or food stains, as well as when coarse fibers appear. Do not use hot water to remove urine since the heat will trigger a chemical response and leave a permanent mark.
Steam cleaning is the use of steam to kill pathogens and loosen any caked-on debris on the carpet’s surface. A simple steam cleaner will do the trick, but it’s advised that you find a steam cleaner with a wide floorhead attachment that evenly distributes heat across a wider surface area.
Steam cleaners with hoses and tubes can work in a pinch, but you run the risk of melting the fibers into a cohesive, irreparable mass. Steam cleaning should be done only when needed.