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Video:Carpet Cleaning Solutions

with Jennifer DeCristofano

Learn the right way to clean carpet stains and remove carpet dirt, to ensure that your carpets last as long as possible and that they look beautiful the whole time.See Transcript

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Transcript:Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Hi! I'm Jennifer DeCristofano for About.com Home.

Keeping your carpet clean and looking fresh can be a real hassle when you have lots of foot traffic or animals running around the house – but it is possible to keep looking good as new with a little carpet cleaning maintenance.

So today were going to go over a couple of helpful tips for short term maintenance and how to really clean those carpets with a steam cleaner.

Clean Small, Light Carpet Stains

For small light colored non-offensive stains like this stain here, were going to use a small amount of carpet cleaner, a cup of water, and two dry towels.

Carpet Cleaning with Dabbing

As soon as the carpet becomes stained, you generally want to clean it up by dabbing at the stain with a towel. To dab it, press the towel down into the carpet and then allow it to pick up the stain by lifting the towel back up. Next, lightly pour a few dribbles of water over the stained area and dab at the stain some more with the clean side of your towel.

Carpet Cleaner Spray

Finally, spray some carpet cleaner on the stain area, and with your other towel, continue to dab at the stain area until the stain on the carpet disappears completely. Allow the damp area of the carpet to dry before walking on it.

Steam Cleaning the Dirtiest Carpets

Now for carpeted areas that are really dirty, sometimes you just have to use a steam cleaner and freshen up the entire carpeted area in the room.

To do this, you will need:
  • A vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Hot water
  • A measuring cup
  • Carpet cleaning solution
Most larger household steam cleaner models can be rented from your local grocery store or can be purchased at your local home supply store.

About Steam Cleaners

Most steam cleaners use a three-part system. First the machine sprays a cleaning solution onto the carpet. Then an agitating brush works the cleaner into the carpet fibers. Finally, a vacuum system sucks up the dirty solution and stores it in a reservoir for disposal.

Pre-Steaming Carpet Prep

Before steam cleaning any carpeted area in your home, it's important that you first vacuum the carpet to pick up any larger particles. Next, its important to pre-treat any heavily soiled areas of carpet with a little bit of carpet cleaning solution.

Next, mix the solution for your steam cleaner. Pour in 1-Cup of Carpet Cleaning Solution and fill up the rest of the compartment with hot water.

Carpet Steam-Cleaning

Now that our steam cleaner is prepped and ready to go, plug the extension cord on the steam cleaner into a nearby electrical outlet and start steaming. Now it's important to note here, that because steam cleaning the carpet is both time consuming and tiring, you want to run the steam cleaner in a smooth designated pattern around the room. This can be either starting from the center and working your way outward, cleaning from the left side of the room to the right in straight lines, or any floor pattern that keeps the cleaner always covering new territory with each turn.

The important thing is to make sure that you're careful not to over-saturate the carpet. If you do, the carpet padding will become soaked and this could lead to mold problems later on.

After Steam-Cleaning your Carpet

Once you have covered the entirety of the room with the steam cleaner, feel free to open some windows or turn on a fan. This will help the carpet dry a little faster.

Finally, try not to walk on the freshly steamed carpet area until the carpet is dry to the touch. You can check this by pushing your hand down slightly into the carpet. If your hand is still dry when you lift it up, its good to go! So there we have it, smells fresh and looks like new again!

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