Vacuuming is not enough if the aim is to deep clean carpet. Vacuuming may remove dirt, dust, and pollen trapped inside the fibers of the carpet, but it does not completely eliminate the stains, the smell, the discoloration, and other issues. Here are some deep cleaning techniques that you may use at home.
Step 1 - Prep the Carpet
Before starting the deep cleaning process, remove any furniture that may be close or on top of the carpet. Afterward, remove any from the carpet by hand. Finally, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any trapped debris inside the carpet fibers.
Step 2 - Rent or Buy a Carpet Cleaning Machine
This machine will provide wet cleaning solutions that are effective for deep cleaning. The machine can be rented or bought from a carpet cleaning store or shop. Make sure to purchase recommended carpet cleaning products as well, like carpet shampoo and odor-eliminating enzyme cleaners. Enzyme cleaners are perfect because they digest the odorous substances in the carpet rather than mask them.
Step 3 - Pre-spray Heavily Stained Areas
For areas that are heavily discolored, spray it first with carpet shampoo or enzyme cleaner. Add more cleaning solution to darker stains and allow it to sit in there for about 20 minutes. The cleaner will loosen the stain to make it easier to clean when the machine starts rolling.
Step 4 - Prep the Machine
Read the user’s manual carefully before turning it on. Make sure to be familiar with the control panels and the operation procedures. Fill in the reservoir in the machine with hot water and place the carpet shampoo as well according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 5 - Let the Carpet Cleaning Machine Roll
After every bit of preparation has been done, start the machine and let it spray the carpet with the hot water and cleaning solution. Afterward, let it suck the water from the carpet until the carpet becomes drier. Check the carpet moisture by touching it lightly with a hand. If the carpet is still too moist, allow the machine to suck in more moisture. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper use of the device.
Step 6 - Neutralize the Detergent
In order to neutralize the detergent in the carpet, prepare a solution of hot water and vinegar. Add 1 cup of vinegar to every 1 gallon of water and place it in the machine’s reservoir. Turn on the machine and let it spray the carpet with the solution. Afterward, allow the machine to suck in the moisture. This process will also eliminate the odor from the carpet, kill left-over bacteria and molds, and substantially reduce any residue left inside the fibers. Allow the carpet to dry for about 24 hours before stepping on it.
Never allow the machine to over-saturate the carpet with water. The water may get into the subfloor, penetrate the pores, and cause internal damage. Make sure to use the machine at a recommended pace – usually 1 foot per second.