Carpets play a significant role in enhancing the decor of a room and add to the beauty and aesthetic appeal of any living space. Moreover, since most carpets are expensive, they are considered an investment and a luxury. Keeping the carpets clean not only enriches the look and appeal of the room but it also contributes to the durability and longevity of the carpet. Carpet cleaning is not a very difficult job, provided you know some of the basic aspects involved.
The ways and methods of carpet cleaning depend largely on the fiber of the carpet. Depending on the material that the carpet is made of, whether wool, polyester, silk, cotton, nylon, polypropylene or a combination of multiple materials, manufacturers recommend different solutions that can be used for carpet cleaning.
The most common methods for carpet cleaning are carpet shampooing, vacuuming, and bonnet cleaning, which is also known as absorbent pad cleaning. External extraction, also known as steam cleaning, and the Dry Powder method, known as ‘dry cleaning’, are also somewhat popular. These methods can be used singularly or in combination for really tough stains. However, it is imperative to ensure that all of the methods used are suitable for the carpet’s material.
Dust that accumulates on the surface of the carpets can be cleaned by vacuuming. The vacuum cleaner needs a high suction capacity in order to remove even the minutest dust particles and a high efficiency filter for bag to trap them.
Carpet shampooing can be a very effective way for thorough carpet cleaning. In this method, the foam produced by a carpet shampoo is used to remove the deep-rooted dirt and move it up to the surface level of the carpet. This is then cleaned up with the aid of a vacuum cleaner.
For cleaning with an absorbent pad or bonnet, the pad needs to be soaked in a cleaning solution and rotated on the carpet at a high speed. Before using the pads on the carpet, they should be partially rinsed to avoid having the solution drip. As the pad rotates, it absorbs or collects the dirt from the carpet.
The method of external extraction is recommended by many carpet cleaning experts and carpet manufacturers. This method enables you to extract the dirt from the carpets by using a mixture of cleaning agents and water in the form of steam and injecting it into the carpets. Once the mixture has been injected, it is extracted almost immediately with high air pressure.
The dry powder method of carpet cleaning involves the sprinkling of a dry solvent powder, which when worked with a brush, dissolves all the dirt. Once the dirt has been dissolved, it can be easily removed with a vacuum cleaner.
Proper carpet cleaning requires a schedule for cleaning sessions in addition to the selection of the right method of cleaning for the fiber of the carpet. The color, susceptibility to dust and the degree of foot traffic on the carpets are some of the factors you will need to consider when determining the frequency of your carpet cleaning sessions. It is advisable to ‘deep’ clean the carpets at least once a year, whereas vacuuming should be done once a week. Irregular cleaning can reduce the durability of the carpet as well as make it very difficult to clean if left unattended for a prolonged interval. Some basic things that you may need to keep in mind while carpet cleaning include scraping away dried soil and dirt, removing stains as soon as possible and minimizing the detergent residue. You also need to ensure that you use the right stain removal agent and follow the instructions carefully while using these chemical solutions.