I survived need a doctor do you dread having your carpets cleaned and wait till you can’t stand it anymore the sad fact is all carpets should be cleaned at least once a year in low traffic areas carpets can go 12 to 18 months between cleanings but high-traffic areas may need to be cleaned on a quarterly basis so in this video we’ll show you five things you need to know before buying or renting a carpet cleaning machine we’ll discuss.
#1. Problem With Carpet Cleaning Machine
Problem with carpet cleaning machines give you professional carpet cleaning advice when using them discuss proper carpet drying cover how to deal with urine and review the steps necessary to have a successful do-it-yourself experience number one, the number one problem with carpet cleaning machines the number one problem with the Do It Yourself carpet cleaning machines today, is the improper instructions given to the customer. It doesn’t matter if you bought the upright model with onboard heating, or just rented one from a kiosk. In trying to save a buck the manufacturers have you add the soap, to their dispenser tanks. This practice is wrong. If you want a professional carpet cleaner we have a separate pre sprayer for the diluted soapy solution. Depending on the size of the area you need to clean. You could use a garden pump sprayer, or a spray bottle to dispense your solution. You can even reuse them at a later date. I will explain why adding soap to the machine is wrong and why the soaps should be separate in a minute.
#2. professional carpet cleaning advice
Carpet cleaning is not rocket science, but it is chemistry. When you wash your hands, do you put your antibacterial soap in a spray bottle, dilute it with water spray your hands and then wipe them on your towel? No? Why not? you would still have soap on your hands, right? Since soap attracts dirt, if you put the soap in the tank of your machine you will be spraying hot soapy water onto your carpet and removing only a portion of it. Since soap attracts dirt, your carpet will look twice as bad a few weeks from the time you use the machine, and with repeated use your carpet will become dirtier. The professional way to clean your carpet, is to vacuum the carpet to remove as much dirt as possible. Using a separate spray bottle you pre-spray the carpet with a diluted carpet cleaning solution. Let the solution dwell for 10 to 15 minutes. Then extract a solution with nothing more than clean hot water, like washing your hands properly. You lather first, and then rinse with clean water. This will remove far more residue, and produce far superior results than following the manufacturer’s instructions.
#3. The proper way to dry your carpet
The store buys, and store rented carpet cleaning machines generally tend to have low suction for water extraction. Add to that the repeated use and abuse of their machines, the improper instruction is intended to make you a repeat customer, and you could be leaving a lot of soapy water in your carpet. When you start cleaning, make a wet pass extracting with hot water only. Remember you pre-sprayed soap on the carpet and now are removing it with clean water. You then make a dry pass, using no water, just suction you want to remove as much water from the carpet as possible. If present, turn on ceiling fans, or room fans and let them blow across the carpet for a few hours, moving them is needed. Moisture will wick its way from the carpet matting to the surface and evaporate into the air. If you have to air-condition, turn it down to 72 degrees besides removing heat from a confined space, it also removes moisture. I never recommend opening windows, no matter what the temperature is outside. Humidity is always present, and is a good way to get mold spores or mildew in your carpets.
#4. What about Urine?
Urine is one of the most annoying problems to deal with. The longer the urine is on or in your carpet the more seriously damaged. Unfortunately small rental units, or store-bought units, lack the proper amount of suction for deep extraction of urine. Most professionals use a pad or claw they can stand on, and get deep extraction down to the padding. It costs a lot more and there’s no guarantee it will solve the problem. If an animal repeatedly uses the same spot, it will be more costly to remove the urine. A cheaper solution for eliminating urine is a product called urine bond with enzymes. In Walmart has it for $9.98. I never recommend buying the authorizers or odor neutralizer for urine. It only masks the smell and it doesn’t do away with it. Once the deodorizer wears off the smell will return. Depending on the extent of the damage, the only way to be rid of urine is to replace the carpeting, padding, or use something with enzymes that eats the salt crystals. Yes, it works on all urine.
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#5. Steps to have a successful experience
- No matter what the back of the bottle, or the machine Direction state, do not put soap in the machine!
- Use hot water in the machine, and diluted carpet shampoo in either a spray bottle for small jobs, or a garden sprayer for larger jobs.
- When you start cleaning, make a wet pass using only hot water in the machine. This will be extracting the solution you pre-sprayed.
- Empty the tank into your toilet, and make a dry pass using no water in order to remove as much water from the carpet as possible.
- Use a ceiling fan, air conditioning or a room fan to aid in drying time. Last but not least, never open windows till the carpet is dry. Well armed with the knowledge of the five basic things you need to know before buying or renting a carpet cleaning machine you should be able to get satisfactory results in your do-it-yourself endeavor I wish you the best of luck.