Carpet Steam Cleaning

What You'll Need
A carpet steamer
A reliable brand of carpet shampoo
A vacuum cleaner
A pre-spray commercial carpet cleaner

If a carpet in your home has recently incurred some particularly stubborn stains, you may want to consider carpet steam cleaning. Carpet steam cleaning is among the most effective methods of stain removal currently available, so if you've exhausted your cleaning options, it might be just thing you've been looking for. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know about making unsightly carpet stains a thing of the past.

Step 1 - Acquire a Carpet Steamer

Before you can begin combating your carpet stains, you'll need to acquire a good carpet steamer. Most carpet steamers come with fairly steep price tags, so you're probably better off renting one. Virtually all hardware and home improvement specialty shops rent out carpet steamers for very reasonable rates, so you won't have to go out of your way to track one down. As an added bonus, the accompanying cleaning products you'll require for the job tend to be included with your rental. Before renting, it is recommended that you go online and research the most dependable brands of carpet steamers to ensure that get the most for your money.

Step 2 - Prep Your Carpet for a Steam Cleaning

Now that you've rented a dependable carpet steamer, you'll need to prepare your carpet. Begin this step by giving the carpet you wish to clean a thorough vacuuming. Once you've rid the soon-to-be-steamed area of dust, apply your pre-spray carpet cleaner to the stained portions of your carpet.

Step 3 - Prep Your Carpet Steamer

Now that you've given your stained carpet a pre-steamer cleaning, you're almost ready to begin the carpet steaming process. Fill your carpet steamer's reservoir or hose with hot water. In order to effectively combat your carpet stains, the water should be very hot, but it need not be boiling. Next, consult your carpet steamer's instruction manual to determine the proper method of applying your carpet shampoo. Certain carpet steamers require you to insert the shampoo into the steamer, while others require you to apply the shampoo to the carpeted area you intend to steam.

Step 4 - Begin Steaming Cleaning Your Carpet

Having made all the necessary preparations, you are free to begin cleaning your carpet. Consult your steam cleaner's instruction manual to determine the proper method of operation. Turn the machine on and vigorously run it across your carpeted floor, paying special attention to any stained areas. Once your carpet has been sufficiently cleaned, allow it to dry overnight before allowing people to walk on it. If you're interested in speeding up the drying process, however, feel free open your windows and incorporate the aid of fans.

With a carpet steamer and these four easy-to-follow steps at your side, you'll never have to worry about carpet stains again. Enjoy your spotless carpets!