How to Clean a Really Dirty Carpet – Best Tips

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( — September 10, 2019) –Once in a while, every household ends up with a really dirty carpet. It is common during the muddy, snow and slush seasons. Knowing how to clean a really dirty carpet will come in handy in these situations.

How to Clean a Really Dirty Carpet

This piece offers some tips on cleaning a dirty carpet and maintaining it-like the use of paper towels to soak up areas on the carpet that have wet spots. 

Buy or rent a carpet cleaning machine

If you are dealing with tough stains, like dog pee, and deep odors, then use a machine to remove them. The machine will make use of chemical cleaners and hot water. If you are wondering where to get the cleaning machine, then you can rent one from Walmart or some carpet stores. For the rentals, the machine comes with cleaning solutions and stain removal treatment. Make sure you know the kind of carpet you have to ensure you get the right cleaning solution for the specific makes. 

Vacuum your carpet

Before you start cleaning your carpet, be sure to vacuum the carpet and rid it of all dirt and loose dust before you start the deep cleaning treatment. The dirtiest parts of the carpet should be swept to kick up all the dirt before vacuuming.

Pre-treat stained areas

If you have rented a cleaning machine, it will come with a solution meant for the stained areas of the carpet. If you don’t have a stain remover, use a homeclead cleaner.

Prepare the solution according to the directions on the bottle

Some cleaners will come with a cleaning solution. Fill the container on the machine with water and a small amount of detergent add some softener to help soften up the carpet.. Keep in mind that too much soap can damage both the machine and your carpet. Some experts may advise the use of less detergent than the machine recommends.

Remove your shoes

A damp carpet attracts dirt. If you wear dirty shoes while washing your carpet, then you won’t get the expected result. Instead of shoes, you can wear socks or use a plastic bag on your feet. Special boots are available to use over shoes.  It is not advisable to go barefoot as some detergents are harmful immediately after application.

Allow the machine to pull up water

Pull the machine up slowly to allow it to suck up as much water as possible. This prevents the carpet from staying too damp, which could lead to growth of mold and mildew.

Consider cleaning the carpet twice

Sometimes, you need to repeat the process. Any remainder of soap on the carpet after it has been steamed attracts more dirt. Carpets in areas that attract heavy traffic should be cleaned twice a year while those in less used areas need cleaning once every 18 months. This will also prevent your carpet from hardening. Brighter colored carpets should be washed more frequently(as soon as they show signs of dirt). Make sure you also pay attention to your stairs, many overlook cleaning their carpeted stairs

Carpets are prone to the accumulation of dirt-especially in high traffic points like the sitting area and the kitchen-but the above tips will guide you on how to clean really dirty carpets.