If you have carpets that see a lot of foot traffic, it’s important that you have them cleaned regularly to prevent a buildup of dirt and debris that can mar the appearance of the carpet, damage its fibers and potentially cause some health issues. You can work with a professional cleaning service in Fort Wayne, IN to get this done, or you can perform a number of carpet cleaning methods yourself.
One of the most popular and effective methods of carpet cleaning is hand shampooing. Most carpet cleaning methods require you to rub some sort of cleaner into the fibers, and shampooing is similar, though it does involve water, which is not the case with all carpet cleaning methods. It’s just important for anyone performing the hand shampoo method for cleaning carpets to do their best to avoid leaving behind cleaning residue that might otherwise be acceptable with methods such as dry cleaning or foam cleaning.
To perform hand shampooing, you’ll need some laundry detergent, a spray bottle, some water, a nail brush and clean towels. Here’s a quick overview of the steps involved in the process:
- Vacuum: Before you begin the shampooing process, make sure you vacuum the carpet. This will remove as much loose dirt as possible before you begin with the heavier cleaning processes.
- Detergent: Make sure the laundry detergent you select for your carpet is actually safe for your particular carpet fibers. Consider the kind of carpet material you have, and be sure to read the manufacturer’s label on the detergent bottle. Try to avoid using detergents that have bright dyes in them. Once you’re certain you have the right kind of detergent, you can put a small amount into a spray bottle, mix it with water and shake it up well for an even mixture.
- Spray: Lightly spray the area to be washed, making sure you don’t put down so much of the solution that it soaks the carpet.
- Scrub: Scrub the area that you just sprayed with a nail brush. Avoid scrubbing too hard so as not to damage the carpet fibers. A good method to use in this process is to start at the edges of the area and work your way inward.
- Dry: Once you’ve finished scrubbing the area, pat it dry with a paper towel or bath towel.
- Clean: Next, soak a clean towel with water, and wring it out so that it’s just damp and not sopping wet. Using this damp towel, rub the area you just cleaned so you can be sure you’ve removed any detergent residue that may have been left behind in the previous processes.
- Dry: Once again, use a dry towel to pat the area dry, taking care to remove as much moisture from the carpet as possible. You should allow the carpet to fully dry out before you return to normal use, and then use the vacuum nozzle to restore the pile to its proper condition.
It’s a good general rule to deep clean the high-traffic areas of your carpet a couple times a year, and the rest of the carpet at least once a year. You should also be sure to vacuum your carpet regularly so these high-traffic paths do not become extremely noticeable.
For more tips and information about carpet cleaning in Fort Wayne, IN, reach out to Pro Clean Building Services, Inc. today.
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