Tip & How-To about Heating & Cooling
Keeping your carpet clean can be a real challenge, and having a cleaner come to clean the carpet can be very pricey. A few years ago I invested in a carpet cleaner and use it every other week to clean the carpets in the main areas of my house and it is the best thing ever!
To begin plan a time that you will be able to spend to clean the carpet and allow it to dry. The carpet can take up to 12 hours to dry. I like to do it before bed because then no one will be walking around the house over night. Start by taking all the furniture that you can out of the room that you are going to be cleaning. Once the room is empty you will be able to see where the main traffic areas are in a room and gives you an easier time to clean the room without all the obstacles that the furniture creates.
When the room has been emptied it is time to prepare the carpet steamer. Following the steamer’s instructions fill the tank with hot water, and the detergent container with carpet cleaning detergent according to the instructions. Make sure not to use too much detergent because this can actually result in your carpet becoming more prone to getting dirty faster rather than being more clean for longer.
Replace the containers to the carpet steamer and start using the steamer in the farthest part of the room. Moving slowly backwards towards the entrance of the room avoiding walking on the newly cleaned carpet. Rinse the carpet thoroughly to make sure that you get all the detergent out of the carpet.
When you have finished all the rooms that you want to steam, if you have a dehumidifier it will help to make the drying go faster. You can also turn on the air conditioner to dry the carpet. It is very important that you make sure the carpet is dry before you move the furniture back into the room, especially if you have wood furniture because it can stain the carpet.
While the carpet is drying you should avoid going into the room that has been steamed because you don\'t want to track dirt into the room. What you can do if you really must walk on the wet carpeting is wear clean socks, or plastic bags on your feet. Once the carpet is dry you can move the furniture back into the room and enjoy your new clean house.
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