No need to call a professional cleaning company anymore
This is my complete guide about steam clean your carpet.
Throughout my guide, you will learn
So if you are curious about knowing the process without having to call a professional carpet cleaner ever again, you’ll love my step-by-step guide.
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If you have a steam mop and own carpeting that is not heavily soiled, you can sanitize and clean it very easily.
You may need the right attachments to remove dirt, carpet stains, and other grime.
And also, get yourself a sturdy vacuum cleaner to remove any loose particles hidden between the fibers.
With this step by step guide on how to steam clean your carpet, you’ll enjoy the new look, and feel of clean carpets all the way.
Deep cleaning is what it is, deep!
Therefore, anything that frustrates your path needs to go. This means you should remove all furniture, toys, and other small objects from the area you’re about to work in.
Clutter on the carpet will not only slow down the process but will avoid you from getting into hard to reach areas.
What about heavier furniture? I understand, there’s furniture you just can’t move. In this case, wrap the legs of the furniture with waterproof tape to protect them from the steam. Aluminum foil works too.
If moving the furniture to another room is too difficult, simply move it to one end of the room and move it back once you’re done with the front of it.
It’s time to vacuum and it’s time to do it twice. Remove all dust particles, hair, loose dirt, and crumbs from carpet fibers.
Your carpet steam cleaner can dissolve any carpet stains but will not remove solid dirt hidden in between the fibers.
It’s important to prepare the carpeting for steam cleaning with vacuuming.
Read Next: How to vacuum your carpet.
If you have pets, it’s likely that you have to deal with urine or feces stains too. Once you’re done vacuuming grab your preferred stain remover and blot a piece of cloth with it.
After that, dab the spot and make sure the product sinks into the stain. Allow it to sit for several minutes before steam cleaning.
Additionally, you can add dish soap, white vinegar, or any preferred homemade carpet cleaner solution made for steamers.
Traditionally, water works just fine since the steam is strong enough to get rid of stains. Check if the manufacturer recommends a specific cleaning machine solution.
Do not attempt to use a product that is not recommended in the tank. Attach the water tank onto the cleaner and plug it in.
Allow the instructed time for the water to heat up and start creating steam. The best temperature for killing dust mites, germs, fleas, and bedbugs is 212°F.
Some steam cleaner designs include a compartment for detergent. If yours lacks one, you can mix it in with water going in the tank.
Overlap on the previous lines (at least one half) when starting a new one, ensure you are not missing any spots.
It’s best to start from the farthest (back) corner from the door. This way, you don’t step on work that’s already been done and moving into the next room is much easier.
Unlike mopping tile or hardwood, steam cleaning will not leave visible moisture behind. However, getting this moisture completely removed requires some time.
Allow your carpet to dry up for 12 hours at least for all the moisture to be completely gone. If you need your carpet to dry faster, here are a few tips you can implement:
Remember, allowing your carpet to dry is as important as cleaning it. Any excess moisture left behind will create mildew and mold, even after you sanitized with steam.
How does steam really work on carpet? Well, by using steam you are literally injecting hot, steaming water into the fibers at high pressure. The heat breaks down dirt, grime, and oils that are hidden between the carpet fibers.
As you go steam cleaning the entire carpet, it sucks a lot of the oils and dirt. This entire process results in restored, clean, and sanitized carpeting.
Now, not all steam cleaners are made for carpeting. You will need to find the perfect one. For instance, steam cleaners that work in high pressure are great for removing tough spots, but ineffective when cleaning larger areas.
The best steam cleaners for carpeting are the ones good on carpets and regular steam cleaning routines.
But that’s not the only advantage. Steam cleaning is superior to shampooing and here’s why:
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