To every question regarding any frustration regarding DIY carpet cleaning, the best answer is usually “regular cleanings by a professional”. However, the need for some ‘in-between-cleaning’ is necessary and some advice will certainly come in handy;
Use an All-Natural DIY Cleaning Solution:
Do not fall for the DYI signs and brightly colored advertising that assure you that you can Do-it-yourself, only to attempt to sell you an overpriced bottle of ‘rug shampoo’ and anti-foaming agent (whatever that means). If you are going to Do-It-Yourself, you might as well go the whole nine-yards.
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Before you attack the stubborn dirt on your rug, it is important to ensure that the rug is free from loose dust and other particles. Use your vacuum cleaner to siphon dirt and filth from on top and underneath the rug.
You may begin with wetting the rug with running water, then apply the home made cleaning solution and without applying too much force when brushing and, as much as possible, brush in a straight line motion following the rug pile direction.
Remember to test the solution on a small portion of your rug or carpet to ensure that it is safe for the carpet.
Wash the Carpet’s Edges:
To do this, use an ordinary laundry brush and with the same cleaning solution brush away from the direction of the pile – the edges particularly need proper attention.
After shampooing, rinse out the carpet cleaner with running water. While rinsing, lightly sweep the rug with a soft brush to take out the remaining foam; made by the carpet cleaner.
To speed up drying of the rug, consider using a rubber squeegee to force out the excess water. Again, make sure to use straight line strokes following the rug pile direction. The importance of drying cannot be overemphasized as any left-over moisture can ruin your rug’s appearance and colors.
Thinking about Things:
When it comes to carpet cleaning it is important to do some critical thinking – you’ll only really be able to rest easy if you have the assurance that your carpets are getting professional care.