DIY Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning carpets can be easy, or they can be hard.

The easiest time I’ve ever had for cleaning a carpet is a quick vacuuming. There were no stains. There were no little bits of grime or dirt. Just dust that got in the fibres and all I needed to do was let the machine suck it all up.

It was faster and cheaper than hiring professional carpet cleaning in Perth WA. However, I admit a quick vacuum is more maintenance than a proper cleaning. Little by little, dirt and grime build up far beyond the ability of a vacuum to clean up. At some point, you need to do more.

One of the keys to proper carpet cleaning is to use the right products. Going beyond that, though, and you have to stop for a second. You need to think about how things are done.

Surprisingly, a lot of people do stupid things when they’re cleaning carpets. They don’t always stop and consider the impact of what they’re doing. They do something and panic or become confused when the stain either won’t budge or begins to spread.

Well, here’s some solid advice you ought to remember. These are simple enough and should be easy to keep in mind as you clean a stain on your carpet.

First, don’t waste time. Stains need to be cleaned as soon as possible. This prevents the cause from having the time to sink in, become something hard to move. Don’t let it set, don’t let it sit around.

Don’t scrub. You’re supposed to blot.

A typical mistake is for people to scrub. This behaviour seems to stem from how laundry used to be done before machines came about. People would scrub by hand to get stains out. People sometimes do this for carpet stains.

This is a mistake. Blotting is better. Scrubbing just risks spreading the stain because it’s fresh. You want to blot to pull out as much liquid as possible, inhibiting its ability to spread out.

You want to use as little product as you can manage. This is as much about economics as actual cleaning.

The less product you use, the shorter the drying time. You also cut down the risk of making a new stain or damaging the carpet fibres. Depending on the nature of stain, you might skip the product entirely and use club soda or dish soap.

Certain cleaning products also damage the fibres. You could get discolouration or other signs of wear that make the surface of the carpet uneven. For many reasons, you don’t want this to happen.

Drying is so very crucial. You can’t just clean a carpet and use it again right away. That’s a recipe for creating mould, you see.

Use a fan or a hairdryer. Let it dry out in the fury of the sun. Whatever you do, make sure that after the carpet is cleaned, you let it dry. The bigger the stain or carpet, the longer it’ll take to dry. In some cases, it might even be good to let it dry overnight.