& Rug Cleaning
Spring cleaning helps to
remove cobwebs from you head. What a great feel good factor once
you have completed a job well needed. Springtime is the
time of the year when you are thinking of freshness and clearing
out. One job that needs to be tackled is cleaning or shampooing
your carpets. If you have small children and/or pets then you
know just how dirty your carpets can get. It is such a good idea
to clean your carpets at least once a year to get rid
of all those nasty odours, dust and horrible stains that your carpets
have collected over the year.
Carpets that have absorbed months of dirt, grime and germs will
need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear. When
shampooing carpets with a rented cleaner, you should practice first
in an unobtrusive area to make sure that the treatment will not
discolor fabrics or cause dyes to run. Make sure you know
how to operate the machinery before tackling the job.
There are several option to choose from when cleaning your carpets;
from doing it yourself to paying someone to do it for you. It can
be an easy job to do yourself or you may find that you don’t
have the time or maybe you have too much furniture to move or that
your furniture is too heavy for you to move, in that case it may
be best to find a company to come and do the job for you.
Why should you clean your carpets?
There are many reasons to clean your carpets.:
Daily grim - Carpets
get dirty over the year just from wear and tear.
in the carpets causing dust mites and allergies. Deep
cleaning will kill the dust mites.
Spots & Stubborn Stains - When spills
and stains set in a good carpet cleaning can help get rid of
those unsightly and stubborn stains.
Restore Color - deep carpet cleaning
can help to restore the original color.
Allergies - some people
have allergies and therefore cleaning carpets
routinely helps to alleviate small fibers that float
in the air and therefore improves indoor air quality. Weekly
vacuuming should take place if you or a family member suffers
Texture - It is amazing how the texture
of your carpet changes once you have had your carpets cleaned. The
cleaning process revitalises the texture making it look new.
Odors - shampooin your carpets helps to get
rid of bad orders that are imbedded in the carpets.
Where can you find Carpet Shampooers?
To Rent – Dry Cleaners, Supermarkets, Carpet Cleaning Services,
Hardware Stores (DIY shops in UK ), the Internet or even a friend.
To Purchase - Department stores, Hardware stores, the internet
and on e-bay.
Carpet Cleaning Companies
There are companies who will come out a give you an estimate
as to what they will charge to clean your carpets and tell you
how long it will take. Use the internet to find a company in your
area. Some companies drop flyers/leaflet through your door, hold
on to them so that we you decide to have your carpets clean you
will have a number at hand.
What type of carpet cleaning machine?
- Steam Cleaning Carpet Machines – this is a wet shampoo
- Dry Cleaning Carpet Machines – this method uses a powder
that is then vacuumed out from the carpet.
- Shampooing Carpet Cleaners – this method uses detergents
that are worked into the carpet.
- Portable Extractors – used by professionals.
When is the best time to shampoo your carpets?
- Spring-time is a great time to clean your carpets. When the spring
cleaning bug hits you this is the time to make the effort to clean
your carpet as the weather starts to change and you can open your
window to help air out the odours and help dry your carpets much
- Choose a day when the weather is going to be warm and sunny.
- Choose a day when you do not need to use the room/s for a day
- If you have rented the shampoo machines – work to a schedule
where you do not need to pay for an extra day.
What preparation before shampooing carpets?
- You should vacuum the room that you are going to shampoo.
- Move all the furniture around and vacuum where
the furniture has been resting.
Purchase a carpet/furniture stain remover spray and tackle
those tough stained areas with this spray before you use the
- If you can, try to move all the furniture out of the room
or to one end of the room so that you can shampoo from wall to
How long does it take for carpets to dry?
This depends on several things; the weather, how much water was
used and how deep/thick the pile of your carpet is. It is best
to pick a warm sunny day and a day when you can open your windows.
Using fans will help to speed up on the drying process. It is best
to allow the carpets to dry over night.
When should you move your furniture back?
You should allow your carpets to dry completely before moving
your furniture back in place. However; if you need to move it back
straight away so that you can finish shampooing the rest of the
room, be sure to place foil or furniture caps under all the furniture
legs and especially any furniture that has metal resting on the
carpet. Also, vacuum the entire floor before moving furniture back
Tips for wet carpets
- If you can, try to avoid using the room/s that you have just
shampooed for at least a day.
- Try to avoid walking on your wet carpets for at least a day.
- Use fans to help in the drying process.
- If you need to move your furniture back in its place before
the carpets have a chance to dry, be sure to place foil or furniture
caps under the legs and especially any furniture legs that have
any metal (as the metal may leave rust marks on your carpets).
After-care tips for cleaned carpets
- Once your carpets have dried completely, vacuum the carpets to
get that smooth finished look back on the carpets.
- If you have any spills make an effort to clean it up straight
Try not to walk on your carpets with dirty shoes.
Tips for keeping carpets clean
- Try leaving your shoes at the front door.
- Ask visiting guest to remove their shoes when entering your
house. This can be a bit tricky and/or embarrassing, but if you
think about where outside shoes have been, you might think twice
about tracking what is on the bottom of shoes all over your carpets.
These are the carpets that you may be walking bare foot on, your
babies may be crawling on, or you may even lay on them yourself.
- If you allow drinks and foods to be taken into
rooms with carpets (especially children's bedrooms), you may want
to reconsider and make the decision that it makes less work for
you if all drinks and foods are kept in the kitchen and/or
What a great feeling of satisfaction once your carpets have
been completely cleaned. Now you can sit back and admire your attractive
carpets and enjoy the fresh clean smells that you breathe in.