arpets attack debris and germs and become discolored over the time. Despite the best effort, Carpets are the first victim of spills and stains. If you want to remove dirt, oil, and bacteria stuck up in the carpet, the best solution is steaming the carpet which deep removes debris, muds, and microorganism. For that, you can hire a professional or Do It Yourself (DIY).
Although professional carpet steaming service is rather expensive, it guarantees that your precious carpet is not damaged or faded as it is cleaned. Even though you intended to steam the carpet yourself, it is recommended that you get the room steamed by a professional every four times you steam a carpet at home. Whichever you prefer, it makes no difference. Before you begin, get ready by finding an appropriate warm day with low foot traffic on the carpet and follow our great tips for the best result. Clean the room It is very important to clean and prepare the room prior to steaming. 1- Move everything out of the room The result of carpet steam cleaning is more satisfactory when the room is completely empty. Remove every furniture, table, paper, and toys from the floor in advance of steaming. Pick up every books, toys and so on from the floor and carry them to other rooms. If the furniture is too heavy to move put a piece of paper or a block of wood under furniture legs to prevent them from the moisture. You can also divide the room in half and move the furniture to the other half while steaming one half. Let the floor fully dry before moving back the furniture. 2- Wipe the Baseboard Because you may knock the dust off by using a steam cleaning machine, it is advised to wipe the baseboard before vacuuming the room. For that, use a wet soft cloth. In addition, to prevent dust from ceiling fans and corner fall on the carpet after steam cleaning it, dust the ceiling fans, corners and lights too. 3- Vacuum the entire carpet Dirt and germs are pushed into the carpet fibers. The carpet steaming is more effective if the carpet is vacuumed carefully. Take your time to vacuum the entire carpet carefully and slowly. Pay attention to the high traffic areas such as where people sit or move their feet. The purpose of vacuuming the carpet is to remove as much as possible large particles prior to steaming. It also fluffs up the carpet fibers resulting in more powerful steam cleaning. It is practical to vacuum the baseboard twice and slower than usual in order to pull up more mud and small particles from the carpet fibers. For the second time, use the vacuum cleaner in the opposite direction or orthogonal to the first run. The longer your carpet keep clean, the less often you have to steam the carpet. So, it is recommended that you vacuum the baseboard at least twice a week, place a doormat inside and outside the room and ask everyone to wipe their shoes before entering the room. It is a good practice to have all members of the family change their shoes at the door and put on slippers. 4- Treat the stains Steam cleaners cannot always remove deep stains and steams. Therefore, it is best practice to treat the stains before steaming to start. Although you can use a carpet stain remover for that yet there are some natural steam cleaning solutions. For example, if it is used correctly, club soda is a good solution for juice, beer, and wine stains. Surprisingly, shaving cream removes almost every type of carpet stain. You can remove chewing gum from the carpet by freezing it for about 30 seconds. Once the gum is frozen, lift it up with a spoon and cut the carpet fibers. To clean the hard-to-remove grease stains you may use one or two drops of dishwashing detergent. The main tip to bear in mind in treating the stain is that you should dab the stain with a cleaning solution using piece of cloth rather than rubbing it. Scraping the stain can cause breakdown of carpet fibers. Since the stain can be spread by blotting outward, always blot from the outside to inside of the stain.