When was the last time your carpets had a good clean? If you have to think about it, it’s probably been too long. Take this opportunity, post-holiday madness, to give your carpets the deep clean they deserve!
But don’t bust out the steamer just yet! Take a couple of minutes to review these six helpful carpet cleaning tips to get the most out of your deep clean. No one wants to spend time doing something the wrong way…
Tip 1: Set Aside Some Time
It sounds obvious, but the average dry time for carpets post-deep-cleaning is about 12 hours, and cleaning during high traffic hours will soil (pun intended) the whole process. Running the AC and placing box fans around the perimeter of the drying area will help speed things up.
Tip 2: Get Moving
If you can’t remove all of the furniture from the area you want to deep clean, remove as much as you can. Deep cleaning around large pieces of furniture will lead to discoloration and potential furniture warping from the cleaning solution.
Tip 3: Vacuum First
Once all furniture is removed, vacuum the carpeted area thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to do it twice because anything left in the carpet could be ground into the fibers when the deep cleaner scrubs for stains.
Tip 4: Treat the Spots
Identify all spots on the carpeted area and target them with the proper stain-fighting treatments. We recommend referencing this list for some natural, household removal methods.
Tip 5: Time to Clean!
You’ll want to look for a machine that can clean effectively and efficiently and dry quickly. The Kenmore Multi-Surface Deep Cleaner hits all three marks and works on multiple surfaces! *Steam clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most instructions will be visible on the side of the machine and explicitly explain the process.
Tip 6: How to Ditch the Dirty Water
Most cities will allow you to dump the dirty wash water into your bathroom sink or utility wash bin, but only after you have filtered it through a mesh sieve to remove any solids. For more information on the proper disposal of chemicals, contact the Environmental Protection Agency at 1-888-EPA-1996.
There you have it! Deep cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but if you follow these simple carpet cleaning tips the process becomes a breeze and keeps your carpets looking like new. Plus, nothing beats the satisfaction of watching the carpet change back to its original color right before your eyes.