Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning

Tips for Cleaning Carpet Yourself

These days, you can buy or rent a do-it-yourself extractor. While these machines are effective at cleaning spots and spills, and provide excellent interim cleaning, they do not take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a carpet cleaning professional.

Here’s what you need to know about do-it-yourself extraction cleaning:

  • Remove the furniture from the carpeted area. If the furniture is too heavy, place a plastic film under and around the legs of the furniture.
  • Vacuum thoroughly. This can have the biggest impact on the whole process!
  • Follow the instructions on the machine carefully. Do not add other chemicals or attempt to make your cleaner stronger.
  • Only use a Seal of Approval cleaning solution that works with your extractor.
  • Begin at the farthest point from the doorway and work back toward it so you can step out when done. Do not clean yourself into a corner!
  • Be patient and do not over-wet the carpet. Extract as much of the water as possible. Do not rush this step.
  • Wait until the carpet dries before replacing the furniture or walking on carpet. This step can take 6-12 hours.
  • Ventilate the area. Open windows if outdoor weather conditions permit, or put the air conditioning on a moderate setting (72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit). Never close up a room with a wet carpet. You want the fastest drying-time possible to prevent mold growth and to allow earlier use.

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