Best Way – Clean Carpet
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This Post: Best Way – Clean Carpet will walk you through the process of the Best Way to Clean Your Carpets. Cleaning your Carpet will give your room that fresh feel. It will also make that room healthier to be in, by removing dust mites and other micro-organisms that can be living in your Carpet. This can be especially important if you have allergies and/or pets, since your pets spend most of their time on the Floor.
There are different types of Carpet Cleaning Machines out there. There are Steam Cleaners and Shampooers. Most work fairly well, but my choice is the Bissell Carpet Shampooer. It is fairly inexpensive, lightweight, easy to use, and does an excellent job.
Whatever your choice of Carpet Cleaner is, there are a few common Steps to follow that will provide you the Best Way to Clean Your Carpets.
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- Spot Stain Remover
- Carpet Shampoo
- Waxed Paper
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Furniture Sliders
- Stiff Bristled Brush
- Carpet Shampooer or Steam Cleaner
- Oscillating Floor Fan
Step 1 – Assess the Project
The best time to clean your Carpets is when it is warm enough outside (and not raining) so that your Carpets will dry faster. If you have multiple rooms that you be cleaning Carpet in, Assess which room will be your starting point. Begin by decluttering that room. Remove any item that you can, and temporarily store them in other rooms. You will be doing the cleaning in halves, So the least amount of Furniture that you will need to move back and forth, the better.
Before you can purchase the correct amount of Carpet Shampoo and Spot Treatment needed, you will need to Assess the sizes of the rooms that will be affected, as well as the amount of spots that need to treated. Take some measurements of the rooms that you will be Shampooing, and write down the square footage of each. Then, add up all of the totals, and check the bottle of Shampoo for the average coverage. It is always best to buy a little extra (1 or 2 extra bottles) in order to make sure that you have enough. Some areas, especially high traffic areas like Hallways, may require more than one cleaning.
- Take a look at all of the rooms that you intend to clean, and check for areas that will need any Spot Cleaning Treatments prior to your shampooing the Carpets. The number and size of the spots that will need this pre-treatment will affect how many cans of Spot Treatment you will need to purchase.
- Also, Assess the number of heavy pieces of Furniture that will require the use of Furniture Sliders to assist you with moving them. Make sure that you will have enough of these on hand for all of the pieces, so that you do not need to keep transferring them from piece to piece.
Step 2 – Create a Materials & Tools Needed Sheet
Make sure to account for all of the Materials and Supplies Needed as well as all of the Tools and Supplies Needed for this Project when making out your sheet.
Step 3 – Calculate Project Cost
Step 4 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
Step 5 – Inspect Your Delivery
After reviewing the information here, additional information to complete these first (5) Steps is found in the page: 5 Steps for Project Management. Simply click on that link and you will be directed there.
After completing those first (5) Steps, return to these Instructions and continue on to Step 6.
Step 6 – Vacuum Your Carpets
Before shampooing your Carpet, you should take the time to give the Carpets a thorough vacuuming.
- Vacuuming your Carpets before cleaning them, will help insure a better cleaning with your Shampooer. Begin by picking up any large debris that may damage your Vacuum Cleaner. You should vacuum the entire room before you begin your shampooing.
- Since you will be cleaning the room in halves, move all of the Furniture in the room to one half of the room. Furniture Sliders will be beneficial to use for any heavy Furniture pieces.
- Then, vacuum the empty half of the room.
- Move all of the Furniture back to the newly vacuumed half of the room, taking care not to carry any debris with you.
- Now, vacuum the second half of the room.
Step 7 – Spot Treat Badly Stained Areas
After you have thoroughly vacuumed the carpet, spot treat any badly stained areas with Spot Stain Remover.
- Follow the directions on the label of your Spot Stain Remover. You may need to treat some areas more than once to thoroughly remove any bad stains. For stubborn stains, after applying the Spot Stain Remover to the spot, scrub it into the Carpet with your Stiff Brush. This will loosen up the stain and allow the Spot Cleaner to work better.
Step 8 – Open All Windows in the Rooms to be Cleaned
If the Temperature is above 60 degrees outside and not raining, you should open all Windows in the room to be cleaned in order to speed up drying time. After Shampooing, you can also set up an Oscillating Fan to reduce the drying time.
Step 9 – Clean the First Half of Your Room
Using your Carpet Shampooer according to the Manufacturer’s Instruction Manual, clean the Carpet in the first half of your room.
- Fill your Carpet Cleaner with hot water and Carpet Shampoo in the proper holding Containers, according to your Carpet Cleaner’s Manual. Once the fluids have been installed, turn the Machine on, let it heat up. Be sure to turn ON both switches: your vacuum button and your heat button. Give it about 5 minutes to heat up.
- You should clean your Carpet in straight rows, beginning at the corner of the far Wall. First, run your Shampooer along the far Wall edge to make the first pass from the corner to just beyond the center of the room. Then, begin cleaning at the adjoining Wall (perpendicular to your first row) in rows about 3’ – 4’ long, and working your way toward the center, overlapping each of your rows by at least 2”.
- You will usually pull the trigger in order to apply your Shampoo on the forward pass, and release the lever when pulling the Shampooer backwards in order to vacuum up the excess Shampoo.
- Once you have only one final pass to make in your first set of rows, turn your Shampooer to the rinse mode. You will still be able to supply Shampoo to your final pass from the remaining Shampoo located in the hoses.
- Then, go over the shampooed area, applying your hot water on the forward pass and releasing the lever on the return pass in order to vacuum up as much water and dirt as possible (if your Shampooer is still dispensing Shampoo on your first pass attempting to apply clean water, you will simply go over the area until you are not dispensing any more Shampoo).
- For extra dirty areas or high traffic areas like Hallways, you may need to clean the same row more than once. The dirtier your Carpet is, the slower you should move your Machine. You want to make sure that you are evenly dispensing your Carpet Shampoo and rinse water, as well as vacuuming up the maximum amount of water for best results.
- Consult your Carpet Cleaner’s Manual for any additional Instructions. Also, be sure that you are not wearing shoes while you are shampooing, so that you do not track up the clean Carpet.
- Keep an eye on your Shampoo Container and your Clean Water Container in order to make sure that neither runs out, otherwise, you will be doing nothing more than revacuuming your Carpet. You may be amazed at how much dirt is being removed.
- Continue with the process for the next set of rows, and continue to repeat until the first half of the room has been completed.
- Once you reach a little past the center of the room, turn the Machine OFF. It is best to let the Carpet dry for a few hours before moving the Furniture on to the clean half of the room . The Carpet should either be completely dry, or just very slightly damp before replacing the Furniture. You should also revacuum the cleaned area of your Carpet to remove any loosened Carpet Fibers from the cleaning process. Place Furniture Legs and/or Bases on Waxed Paper if your Carpet is still damp to prevent any stain transfer from the Legs and Bases, and to also protect these surfaces from the dampness.
- If you have other areas to clean, you can complete the first half of those while you are waiting for the first Carpet to dry. This will reduce your down time waiting for the drying process to be completed.
- You can set up an Oscillating Fan to assist in the drying process.
Step 10 – Clean the Remaining Half of Your Rooms
Once all of the Furniture has been relocated onto the clean half of the Carpet, use your Carpet Cleaner on the remaining portion of your rooms.
- Once you have allowed sufficient drying time to where Carpet is only slightly damp, you can return all of the Furniture to their proper places, placing all Furniture on Waxed Paper until the Carpet is completely dry. You will need to locate the Furniture a few inches from it’s final position, in order to allow the Carpet to completely dry before returning the Furniture completely to it’s rightful position.
Taking Shoes Off at the Door will make your Cleaning Efforts Last Longer.
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