While carpet cleaning is done best by professionals, sometimes it can be more cost-effective or faster to do it yourself. That being said, there are some ways to clean that are better than others. If you are a DIY type and would like to clean your carpets yourself, check out these tips from professionals.
The best clean you can get for your carpet is to use a carpet cleaning machine. They are available for rent and you can also buy one for your home. Some people, though, choose to forgo that expense and clean their carpet by hand. Kelley Klean has a step-by-step guide to cleaning your carpet by hand to ensure the best clean possible. You will need table salt, baking soda, a spray bottle, and a bristle brush before you can begin. Take a look and set aside some time to really deep clean your carpet.
In between deep cleans, set up a vacuum schedule. Vacuuming high-traffic areas once or twice a week will keep dirt from building up in the fibers of your carpet. Plan for the days ahead of time so you are less likely to forget. When using a vacuum, adjust the height until you can feel it pull forward. Each vacuum pass over your carpet should be done slowly. In high-use areas, go over each section twice.
Don’t allow stains or dirt to remain for long periods of time. Always have stain remover on hand and react quickly when you see one forming. The longer a stain has to set in, the harder it will be to remove and the more fragile the carpet will become. Blot any liquid from the inside out with a rag or paper towel first before treating with stain remover.
If you’ve lived in your house for a long time, chances are your furniture hasn’t moved much. When professional services come in for a cleaning, they often see deep groove marks in the carpet due to heavy furniture. These grooves can lead to tearing and damaging your carpet. To reduce the strain on your carpet, change up the layout of your furniture every couple of months and restore the grooves in the carpet. Steam-cleaning these grooves will have your carpet looking good as new. If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, use a coin to straighten out the fibers so that they are standing like the others around them.
It’s possible to keep your carpet looking good as new by yourself. With the proper equipment, focus, and schedule you should never have to look at ugly stains or endure a dirt-ridden carpet before the next cleaning. We do recommend having a professional cleaning at least once a year. At Kelley Klean, we are IICRC certified and provide the best carpet-cleaning service in the state of Missouri. Call us today at 573-214-0990 to schedule an appointment.