As a carpet cleaning professional, I’ve seen some pretty nasty carpets.
Sometimes, there is so much dirt and hair on a carpet that I have to bring a lot of cleaning items to clean it effectively. I often get asked what items are needed for carpet cleaning, so here’s a checklist of things you’ll need:
A Vacuum Cleaner
It is a good idea to start with a vacuum cleaner. A vacuum cleaner is a simplest and most effective way of cleaning carpets. Even if you have a carpet that has not been cleaned in a long time, you can use your vacuum cleaner to clean it.
Removes Dirt, Hair, Dust Mites
A good vacuum cleaner sucks up all kinds of dirt particles, debris, dust mites, etc. It also removes hair from the surface of your carpet so there will be no tangled strands left behind after vacuuming.
A Good Carpet Cleaning Solution
You can buy one at any hardware store or departmental store. They are usually concentrated liquids that you mix with water and then pour directly on the carpet or upholstery. The most common brands are Simple Green or Nature’s Miracle. Some cleaners come premixed in spray bottles for spot treatments.
If you don’t want to use a vacuum cleaner, then you can use a broom or a brush made especially for cleaning carpets. The bristles of these brushes are soft but firm enough to clean the carpet. It helps to get rid of the dirt, dust, and other harmful particles that might be present in your carpet.
The brush should be made of natural fibers or synthetic fibers that do not leave behind any residue. You can buy a brush at most grocery stores or home improvement centers.
A Spray Bottle
You will need a spray bottle with a trigger if you are cleaning a small stain on the carpet. A spray bottle will help you spray the cleaning solution on the stain that is on your carpet.
You can use a spray bottle with or without a trigger. You can choose whichever you want but make sure that the cleaning product that you will be cleaning with is not too concentrated or too diluted.
A Carpet Steam Cleaner
A carpet steam cleaner is a powerful machine that uses hot water and a cleaning solution to remove dirt from deep within the fibers of a carpet. It works by spraying hot water mixed with a cleaning solution onto the surface of the carpet, which loosens dirt and stains.
Then the vacuum system sucks up all of those particles along with any excess liquid. This process leaves your carpet fresh and stain-free.
Carpet steam cleaners are available at most department stores and home improvement centers. They range in price from $100-$300, depending on the model and features offered by each manufacturer.
Carpet Cleaning Tips
Carpets are a necessary part of any home, but they can also be a major hassle to keep clean. Whether you have children or pets, carpets will inevitably get dirty, and it’s important to know how to make them look their best. Here are some carpet cleaning tips to get your carpets looking great again:
Know Your Type of Carpet
Some carpet types include ones made with natural fibers like wool or cotton while others include synthetic made with fibers like polyester or nylon. By identifying this, you will be able to choose the best cleaning products for them. Also, in order to get an idea of how much time it will take for your carpet to dry up after cleaning, look at its thickness.
Use The Right Vacuum
You’ll want to make sure that you use the right vacuum cleaner for your carpet type. This means using a vacuum cleaner with enough suction power to pick up dirt without damaging the fibers in your carpeting.
Many vacuum cleaners have adjustable settings so that you can adjust the suction power depending on what kind of dirt you’re trying to pick up from your carpeting.
Get Ready with All Equipment
Make sure that you have all the items needed for cleaning like vacuum cleaners or upholstery shampooers along with brushes, detergents, and shampoos. You should also bring along protective gear such as rubber gloves when cleaning carpets.
Never Mix Carpet Cleaning Solutions
Never mix different brands or types of carpet cleaning products together in one sprayer bottle or bucket. Each type of product has its own set of instructions for use and mixing them together could result in an explosion or damage to your carpet.
Remove Furniture, Magazines, and Toys Before Cleaning Your Carpet
It is important that you remove furniture, magazines, and toys before you start your carpet cleaning process. If these things are left on the carpet when the steam cleaner passes over them, they will get damaged.