What’s that sound? Holiday guests coming to trample all over your carpet! If you are scrambling to clean up your home before holiday guests arrive, a carpet cleaning is in order. Luckily, getting the job done is pretty easy if you have some elbow grease to spare.
Vacuum the Carpet
First, you should take the time to vacuum your carpet. Before you get started, make sure that the area you are vacuuming is completely clean. Any small metal items like coins or paperclips could damage your vacuum, so pick them up beforehand. You should also dust any windowsills, baseboards, or furniture beforehand so that you will also vacuum up the dust from them when you get the carpet. Use the nozzle or detail attachment to get the dust between the edge of the carpet and the baseboards.
While vacuuming, ensure that you are moving the vacuum horizontally and vertically. Since carpet fibers are twisted, they might be holding onto the dirt in one direction and not the other. Vacuuming in both directions will ensure a great, thorough clean. While you are vacuuming, keep in mind that things will go much more smoothly if you vacuum on a regular basis. As a rule of thumb, you should vacuum one day a week for every person in the house and for every 20 lbs. of pet that you own.
Spot cleaning is important to ensure a nice finished product. First, you should make sure the stain is totally dry. Never use brushes or harsh bristles to clean the carpet. Spot cleaning should only be used for tiny areas and newer spills. You should select the appropriate carpet cleaner for the type of stain. If you have a pet urine stain, an enzyme-based cleaner designed for cleaning up pet urine is your best bet. If you are cleaning up a blood stain, you should instead blot it carefully with a mixture of cold water and hydrogen peroxide.
Before you spot clean the affected area, you should test the cleaning solution on another part of the carpet. Some things won’t do a very good job and others could lead to discoloration, so choose an area that is out of the way, inside of the closet, or always covered up by furniture to test. Then, dab the stained area using a clean cloth. Instead of scrubbing or rubbing, focus on blotting.
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