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Ways to Use a Carpet Cleaning Machine

Ways to Use a Carpet Cleaning Machine

Carpets add a dash of glamor and style to any home. They give it a more welcoming and warm feel. They make you feel at home and encourage you to relax and make yourself comfortable. However, when they get riddled with spills, stains and other sediment, it becomes a rather unpleasant sight to behold. Then comes the daunting task of cleaning the whole thing. Cleaning a carpet can take up to an entire day, especially if it has some really stubborn stains that just won’t go away with water and a little detergent. So, if you’re planning to clean yours, make sure that you keep a whole day aside. There are an array of carpet cleaning machines that are available on hire at home improvement stores that you can use to make your job easier and with a more professional touch. This Buzzle article will give you precise instructions on how to go about it.

Using a Machine to Clean your Carpet

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 move 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.

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 completely 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 machine because it is possible that the two solutions may react and result in an unpleasant blotch on your carpet.

When using a machine to clean your carpet, remember to use it in one direction only. Either vertically or horizontally. Random directions can look very ugly after it dries up. After you’re done using the machine, make sure that the room is properly ventilated so that the carpet dries up faster. Happy cleaning!

Tips to Clean Wool Carpets

Tips to Clean Wool Carpets

Wool carpets are often associated with the origin of the carpet industry. Unlike the modern-day carpets that are made of synthetic and recycled fibers, woolen ones have a traditional bonding and are still in vogue. They are durable, have very soft texture and are flame resistant. The structure of wool fibers helps in retaining dust and other such particles on the surface itself, making it easier to clean the carpet. However, extra care is needed to clean a wool carpet properly.

Wool Carpet Problems

Before starting with the cleaning methods, let us learn more about some of the common wool carpet problems. As we all know, the method of cleaning a carpet is decided as per the material used for making it. Even though, wool is considered one of the finest materials for carpets, it has its own disadvantages.

  • Most of the solutions available for synthetic carpet cleaning are not suitable for wool carpets. Solutions with bleaching agents and optical brighteners can damage this type of carpets.
  • Another problem related is its moisture retention property. Over-wetting can result in delaying the drying process, which may cause shrinking of the carpet. It can also lead to an unpleasant odor.
  • This carpet is prone to color change and so, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • As in case of wool garments, wool carpets are also affected by high temperatures that can cause shrinking (of the carpet) and damage to the texture of fibers.

These were some of the basic features of a wool carpet, knowledge of which would be useful in cleaning them. Once you are accustomed with the nature and demands of wool carpet, cleaning them will become much more easy.

General Cleaning

It is always better to clean wool carpets once or twice a week. This will help you to maintain the carpet in a good condition, for a long time. Another golden rule is to remove spills and stains on the carpet, as soon as possible. You may resort to professional or heavy-duty cleaning, occasionally.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner
Unlike carpets made of synthetic fibers, soil can be vacuumed from wool carpets very easily. These carpets can be maintained well, with regular vacuuming and cleaning. A vacuum cleaner with a rotating beater bar can be used for agitating the carpet, which helps in better removal of soil stuck on the surface. The advantage of a vacuum with a rotating beater bar is that it facilitates removal of embedded soil and thereby prevents matting and packing. Vacuuming once a week will do for most carpets, though it would be ideal to do it thrice a week, for better results. If you have enough time, daily vacuuming is the best way to maintain the beauty of your wool carpet. Heavily trafficked areas should be vacuumed frequently. The following are some points to be kept in mind while vacuuming a wool carpet.

  • Never allow the vacuum bag to get full, as it can affect the efficiency of the machine. Empty the bag before it is half full.
  • The belt of the vacuum should be in good condition, so as to allow rotation of the beater, when it comes in contact with the carpet. If you notice a gradual slowing down of rotation, replace the belt.
  • The brush of the beater should barely touch the surface, lightly vibrating the carpet. If there is any fuzzing, a more flexible brush should be used.
  • Vacuum slowly to remove maximum amount of embedded soil. In case of heavily trafficked areas, vacuum in both directions to prevent matting.

Cleaning Solutions
You must be very cautious while choosing a cleaning solution for a wool carpet. It should be neither too acidic nor too alkaline, as the former may cause breakdown of the fibers or damage the texture, while the latter can cause browning of the fibers. A perfect cleaning solution for this type of carpets should have a pH value close to neutral. It should not leave any sticky residue in the carpet, which can attract more dirt. The cleaning solution should not contain any bleach or dye. Select those which are specifically made for wool carpets.

Spilling and Staining
In case of any spill, act quickly and blot it up with a clean cloth or paper towels. Then use a towel dampened with lukewarm water to remove the substance completely. You can replace water with a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar. This solution will not cause any damage to your carpet, but it will dilute the stain. Blot the area continuously with dry cloth and never leave any wet spot. Avoid rubbing or scrapping the carpet for stain removal. This can cause breaking down of the fibers. Over-wetting is also detrimental to your wool carpet.

Heavy-duty Cleaning

Wool carpets can be maintained by removing dry soil through regular vacuum cleaning, but it may not remove the oily soil formed by cooking vapors and air pollution. It is very important to clean wool carpets thoroughly, once in every two years. It can be done at your home itself, but wool-safe dry cleaning is done by professionals. You can also go for dry compound cleaning, which can be done at home. In this method, the dry compound is sprinkled over the carpet, which is agitated well and then vacuumed to remove the compound with the soil and other dirt attached to it. Aerosol foam shampoos are also available for cleaning wool carpets. It should be sprayed on the carpet and spread with a brush, before removing with vacuum. Another method is spray extraction cleaning, which is mostly done by professionals. In this method, a solution of warm water and detergent is injected into the carpet under high pressure, which enables the soil and other dirt to get suspended in the water. Then, immediately a high-suction wet-vacuum system is employed to extract the water.

Cleaning wool carpets is not a difficult task. It can be done with a bit of extra care regarding cleaning solutions, temperature and over-wetting. Regular vacuuming is very much important, if you want to maintain your expensive wool carpet for years. Though, you may try the above said methods, professionals are always better, for cleaning wool carpets that are highly expensive. Even the excessively dirty ones need heavy-duty cleaning that is better done by professionals.

How to Rug Cleaning

How to Rug Cleaning

There’s something pleasing about a well-placed rug in a living space; it adds aesthetic appeal to any flooring option if chosen appropriately, of course. But with this interior addition comes the responsibility of having to clean it as often as needed. While good-quality rug cleaners are available in the market, household cleaning products perform just as well, without you spending more. Depending on the make of the rug, you’ll have to perform the cleaning technique accordingly. Rugs do not need excessive cleaning; when it does need to be cleaned, it’ll release a cloud of dirt upon being beaten.

How to Clean a Rug

Vacuuming
Rugs tend to accumulate airborne particles that eventually settle on it, but mostly from heavy foot traffic. Encourage visitors and family members to wipe their shoes on the doormat before entering the house, to avoid bringing home foreign particles. Vacuuming a rug once a week is ideal, but be sure that the material is meant to be cleaned this way. Ask a store assistant for instructions, or look at the label that is affixed to the rug for cleaning guidelines.

Some rugs like leather shag or flokati (shag wool) can be cleaned by simply shaking them vigorously. There is no need to vacuum these rugs; simply beat or rake it after giving it a good shake. However, rugs like oriental or bamboo need to be vacuumed regularly. Vacuum both sides of the rug, running it gently down its surface in straight lines. If it has a looped design, do not use the rotating beater bar, but direct suction. Don’t vacuum frilled edges of a rug; simply dust the frills using a stiff broom before vacuuming the area around it. If the area experiences heavy foot traffic, you will need to vacuum the rug daily.

Steam Cleaning
You can give the rug for steam cleaning at the closet place that can do this for you. Hot water sprays are also a good option, depending on the type of rug you have. Test a small patch of the rug before using water-based options, for fear of color running. You can wash an oriental rug with a mild rug shampoo or liquid cleaner, however, do not use hot water directly on stains; they will only become harder to clean. Use a rubber window squeegee to remove excess water post cleaning. A rug that is stain-free can undergo a cleaning process that includes water.

Cleaning Spills
Spills can be a bothersome problem if not taken care of sooner. If there is a food spill, blot the damaged area with paper towels or a white cloth, but do not violently rub the spot; it will only get worse. Prepare a solution with a tsp. of detergent (neutral), 100 ml of white vinegar, and 1000 ml of warm water. Mix the ingredients together and apply it on the stain; leave it overnight. The next day, wipe the solution away with a damp sponge.

Other Cleaning Tips
An important tip on how to keep a rug in good shape, is to rotate it once a year. Rotating the rug at a 180° angle will wear it out evenly, making it look the same without drawing emphasis to one region. You can use rug pads to avoid it from shifting or stretching, which in turn will make it last longer. Every time you plan to move a rug, be sure to lift and roll it up, and not pull it away from its spot.

How to Get Hair Dye Stains Out of Carpets Easily

How to Get Hair Dye Stains Out of Carpets Easily

The Patch Test!
Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to avoid discoloration and other damage to it.
Dying your hair and accidentally spilled hair dye over a creamy-white carpet? Don’t want your mamma or housemate to know about it? Fuss not. We are here to solve your problem. All you need to do is follow our guide and act quickly.

Carpet stains are difficult to cleanse, as the cloth washer will not fit the bill, since the fabric and texture of the carpet is heavier than that of regular cloth. Besides this, the hair dye is a concentrated colorant which won’t come out easily. Try the solutions mentioned below, and do away with the permanent hair dye stains.

Things You’ll Need
◈ White Vinegar
◈ Dishwashing Liquid
◈ Rubbing Alcohol
◈ Ammonia
◈ Hairspray
◈ Astringent
◈ Baby Shampoo
◈ Lukewarm and cold water
◈ Sponge or clean rag
◈ Cotton Swabs

How to get Hair Dye out of your Carpet

White Vinegar and Dishwashing Liquid

◈ Blot up the spilled dye with a clean cloth as soon as possible. Do not rub.
◈ Put 1 tbsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent in 2 cups of lukewarm water. Add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar in this mixture.
◈ Grab a clean cloth and dip it in the solution made.
◈ Now, sponge the stain with the cleansing solution prepared. Alternatively, use wet and dry cloths to dab the stain.
◈ Rinse the area with cold water.
◈ Using a sponge or a dry cloth, soak up the liquid.
◈ If the stains are stubborn, you could use rubbing alcohol and sponge the spots. Follow up with cold water rinse and dry cloth soaking procedure.
◈ This method will definitely lighten the dye marks without changing the color of the rug.

If the stains still don’t vanish, use the following method.

Ammonia and Dishwashing Liquid

◈ Make a solution by mixing 1 tbsp. of ammonia and 1 tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent in 2 cups of warm water.
◈ Using a clean cloth, dab the stained area with this solution.
◈ Let it sit for 30 minutes.
◈ Take another clean rag, and sponge the area with more solution. Let it stay for 5 minutes.
◈ Do this repeatedly until the stains disappear completely.
◈ Rinse with cold water and sponge dry.

The above-mentioned methods will surely work. But if the stains are old, in the sense they have got dried, then use the following procedure.

Hairspray, Astringent, Baby Shampoo

◈ Cover the stain patches by spraying hairspray on them.
◈ Allow to stay for 5 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
◈ Squirt some astringent solution on the stained area.
◈ Let it stay for 5 minutes or so. Gently rub the area, and rinse with cold water.
◈ Now, on the wet surface, pour a drop or two of baby shampoo.
◈ Gently dab the area, and wash with clean water.
◈ Pat dry using a sponge.

The following method can be used in extreme cases, as it may result in loss of color. Hydrogen peroxide may end up bleaching the carpet.

Hydrogen Peroxide

◈ Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and rub over the stain.
◈ Let it work over the stains for 24 hours.
◈ Wash with water and sponge dry.
Consider washing the entire carpet if the stains are old or severe. For cleaning antique or silk-blended rugs, we advise you to seek professional help.