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Carpet Cleaning Supplies

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Carpet Cleaning Supplies

Carpet Cleaning Supplies

Carpet Cleaning Supplies

Generally, surface cleaning using a vacuum cleaner is recommended once a week and deep cleaning is recommended once a year. However, if there is a lot of foot traffic on the carpet, there are pets in the household, and the carpet is located near a source of constant dust, it is a good idea to surface clean and deep clean more frequently.

There are many carpet cleaning supplies available, backed by powerful advertising. Therefore, it is important to be caution when buying supplies. Look for supplies that tackle specific problems in a particular carpet, or supplies for general cleaning and maintenance.. Always choose supplies that are least harmful for carpets as well as those using those supplies.

There are mainly two kinds of supplies; liquid-based or powder-based. Within both categories, some are meant for stain removal, some are used as disinfectants, others for absorbing moisture, and finally for general cleaning. While deciding which stain removal product to use, focus on the type of stain and select a product accordingly. There are supplies that effectively remove liquid stains, such as coffee and those that specialize in pet stains.

Whether you choose a liquid or powder-based product will depend on the kind of stain. One that is caused by a liquid, but dries up and has a hard surface, can be brushed off after sprinkling a powder-based stain remover. A stain that is caused by a liquid but does not have a hard surface after it dries up will need to be treated with a liquid-based stain remover. There are some powder-based stain removers that can absorb liquids that have caused a stain, but these can be used when the stain, and, therefore, the liquid that has caused it, is still wet.

For general cleaning, select a product based on the kind of dirt to be cleaned. If a carpet is dirty mainly because of dust and dry pollutants, a powder-based cleaning supply can be used. However, if a carpet is dirty because of dust, dry pollutants and any kind of moisture, a liquid-based supply will be a better choice. Sometimes, there might be clean moisture in a clean carpet. For example, a clean water spills on a clean carpet. In such situations, a powder-based product, which acts as an absorbent can be an effective solution.

If you need a product to clean as well as disinfect, be careful about how it smells and how it feels. Those who use the carpet might be allergic to either or both, especially if they are in the vicinity when the cleaner is being used or cleaning carpet should be left to the professionals. The carpet cleaners at stores are not as high powered as the ones professional carpet cleaners use. Your carpet will be cleaner and in better shape, without water and soap residue, if someone who knows what they are doing cleans your carpet. Your carpet will thank you by lasting for years to come.

How to Carpet Steam Cleaning

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

A carpet cleaner is a general term for any machine that is used for cleaning carpets. Just as carpet manufacturing has evolved, so has carpet cleaning. Most manufacturers recommend ‘carpet steam cleaning’ for cleaning modern-day carpets. We should, however, use the steam cleaning method after verifying that the carpet fibers will not be damaged by steam. Sometimes, if a carpet is made from a very tender thread, steam cleaning could harm it. For most other carpet types, steam cleaning is considered an effective cleaning method.

The process of ‘carpet steam cleaning‘ uses a simple scientific phenomenon for ‘deep cleaning’ the toughest dirt by drawing dirt to the surface and wiping it off before it has a chance to stain. To steam clean a carpet, use a liquid-based cleaning agent, which can be vaporized or turned, into steam, a ‘steam cleaning machine’ that is also referred to as a ‘carpet extractor’ and a vacuum cleaner. It is always a good idea to choose a mild solution as it is safe for the carpet as well as the individual using it. As far as the machines or extractors are concerned, use self-contained ones that have in-built vacuum cleaners. Alternatively, use the extractor first and then a vacuum cleaner.

After selecting a cleaning solution, follow the instructions provided in the user’s manual. Then, move the extractor over the carpet surface (as directed in the user’s manual), gradually covering all areas of the carpet surface. The extractor injects the cleaning solution into the carpet in the form of steam or vapors that compel dirt to come to the surface. This process is completed in a few minutes, and with some machines, even a few seconds. Then, the extractor extracts the dirt using air at a very high pressure. After extraction, the carpet is vacuumed to ensure complete removal of dirt. There are also carpet cleaning solutions sold in spray foam formulas for cleaning upholstery and small carpeted mats. These are not effective and very labor intensive, when it comes to cleaning an entire carpet.

Carpet steam cleaning, which is also referred to as extraction, is considered very effective in deep cleaning. It not only helps in cleaning the carpet surface, but also cleans the carpet base and carpet fibers. Depending on budget and requirement, choose extractors with powerful motors or those with less powerful motors. Also choose the accessories that will prove most helpful, like brushes and cords. A home with carpeting should have a carpet cleaner to keep carpeting in good condition, since odor-causing particles, dirt and dander can make a whole home smell unclean.