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How To Use A Carpet Cleaning Machine

Posted on December 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you’re considering renting or buying a professional carpet cleaning machine so that you can give your carpets the just-bought look they deserve then there are a few important steps that you need to be aware of before you actually go out and spend your hard-earned cash.

Empty The Room Of Furniture

Today’s carpet cleaning machines are so effective that it is important to clean the whole carpet rather than just spot-clean small areas as these are likely to stand out like a sore thumb – especially if it is some time since you last had your carpets cleaned.

So for ease – and to get the best finish you possibly can – remove all the furniture from the room you would like to work on. Remember that it may take your carpet some time to dry after the cleaning process so place your furniture somewhere where it won’t be in your way all day long.

Test On A Hidden Area

Testing your carpet cleaner is essential. You want to be certain that both the machine itself, and the chemicals you will be using, won’t cause any damage to your carpet so once your room is clear, and you have vacuumed it completely, select a hidden area (such as the area which is normally hidden by the couch or a book case) and try to clean this area. Ensure your carpet looks good afterwards and no color leaches from it.

Assuming your test goes well you are now ready to clean your carpet.

Clean Your Carpet

The next step is to actually use the carpet cleaner properly. Aim to work yourself around the room in long strips, ensuring you don’t miss any areas. Also appreciate that even the best carpet cleaners may leave your carpet a little damp after cleaning so aim to end up your cleaning by the door where you can easily exit rather than finding yourself stuck in a corner surrounded by wet carpet you will have to walk on.

Dry The Carpet

Next let your carpet dry. Consider opening windows or turning on the heating to gently help the drying process along and try to avoid the temptation to place your furniture back in the room too soon.

Replace Your Furniture

Finally replace your furniture. A useful tip is to place your furniture on small circles of kitchen foil so that if there is any last residue in the carpet from your cleaning then your furniture won’t cause staining, or become damaged by the chemicals. After 24-48 hours it should be safe to remove the foil altogether and dispose of it.

How To Clean Your Carpet With A Portable Carpet Cleaning Machine

Posted on December 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Many people will attempt to clean their own carpet with a small portable carpet cleaning machine, that they either own, or rent from a department store or janitorial supply shop.

The results achieved vary widely. Some people will be happy with the results,while others will be extremely disappointed and frustrated. Here are a few tips to assist you to achieve success with your carpet cleaning whenever you choose to do it yourself.

The key elements that must be followed in order to have a successful cleaning experience are:

  • Follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Remove furniture or other objects from off the carpet.
  • Vacuum Thoroughly.
  • Pre-treat.
  • Agitate repeatedly.
  • Heat the chemical cleaning solution.
  • Extract slowly.

Follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations.

It is always vitally important to follow the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations about use and safety procedures. Read the manual supplied, or ask the supplier for specific instructions about operation and care of the equipment.

Remove furniture or other objects from off the carpet.

Cleaning will be more easily accomplished and more thorough if all furniture and other objects do not obstruct the equipment being used.

Vacuum Thoroughly.

This is probably the most important step in the process of cleaning with a small portable machine. Large truck mounted equipment usually have powerful vacuum generating capabilities, and can remove most debris, that would normally be left in the carpet by inefficient vacuuming. With small portables, the suction is not as great, and any soil in the carpet may be transformed into mud which will just be pushed around by the machine and cause the carpet to look even dirtier than before.

Pre-treat.

Pre-treating is another critically important step. Many spots and stains will not be soluble in the typical cleaning solution provided with rented machines, or bought at the store by non- professionals. The facilitate removal, these will need to be treated with specialty chemicals, that have been formulated for use on specific stains. Consult with a professional if you have any special problems on your carpet, as use of the wrong chemical could cause more serious problems or lead to unintended consequences.

Agitate repeatedly.

Agitation helps to speed up the chemical reaction of the cleaning agent. Some agitation is provided by most small portables, but to improve the efficiency of agitation, use a carpet rake and scrape or brush the carpet surface repeatedly, to work the chemical unto the carpet fibers.

Heat the chemical cleaning solution.

This is the biggest problem with portables. The cleaning solution cools rather rapidly, and therefore the cleaning efficiency degenerates with time. The solution is to start with really hot (boiling) water, and to replenish the solution with hot water, often. This is usually a “pain in the neck”, but is just one of the tolerable inconveniences of doing it yourself with a portable.

Extract slowly.

A slower pass over the carpet, with the machine, will always result in cleaner carpet, because this allows the relatively weaker vacuum to suck up more residue.

Follow these instructions to get really decent carpet cleaning results with your portable, but if your results are not as gratifying as you would like, just call in a professional carpet cleaning company.