How to Use Carpet Cleaning Machine
You may be well aware that there are cleaning service companies which take up carpet cleaning as a service too. However, did you know that you can get that same spotless, brand new look for your carpet by cleaning it yourself? Yes, that's right. You can simply hire yourself a carpet cleaning machine from a hardware or home improvement store and go ahead with the cleaning.
Step # 1: Needless to say, the very first step that you need to take is get yourself the appropriate carpet cleaner. You can mention the type of carpet that you have and the store will give you the appropriate machine. Also, they may or may not provide you with a cleaning solution or shampoo for the machine. Again, you need to use one that will agree with the carpet in your home.
Step # 2: Next step, get home and get ready to clean the carpet by moving out all the furniture and accessories from the room that you intend to clean. As mentioned earlier, this process could take all day. So, keep the furniture in a convenient location. If you cannot move the furniture, you may want to consider at least covering its legs with plastic wrap to avoid staining.
Step # 3: After you're ready with the empty room, you may or may not want to vacuum the carpet to get rid of the dust and other loose particles. Then you can proceed to using the carpet cleaning machine.
Step # 4: Before you do the entire room, it is advisable to test the cleaner on a patch. So, fill the dispenser on the cleaner with the solution given to you, after reading the instructions regarding the quantities very carefully. Pay good attention to the quantities as a little miscalculation could lead to disastrous results like your carpet getting bleached!
Step # 5: After filling the dispenser, gently press the lever which will allow the solution to get sprayed onto the carpet. Once you've sprayed enough on the patch, you can let go of the lever and simply run the machine vertically towards you over the area that you sprayed about 10 times. The machine will assimilate as much of the dirt and gunk that it can, thanks to the solution which loosened them up. Let the patch dry for a while. After it has dried, if you see that your carpet looks and feels fine, you can proceed with the rest of the room.
Step # 6: If your carpet has a lot of very rigid stains on it, then you may even consider using a stronger cleaning solution, prior to using the shampoo/solution in the machine. However, make sure that it is well dried before you use the cleaning machine because it is possible that the two solutions may react and result in an unpleasant blotch on your carpet.
When using a carpet cleaning machine, remember to use it in one direction only. Either vertically or horizontally. Random directions can look very ugly after the carpet dries up. After you're done using the machine, make sure that the room is properly ventilated so that the carpet dries up faster.
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Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"