As far as deep carpet cleaning goes, we always encourage clients to reach out to our experts in London. No one is more prepared and qualified than a professional carpet cleaner or technician with cutting-edge equipment. But we also know that you may be tempted to DIY first before you hand over the task to someone more experienced. That's why we've prepared a few deep carpet cleaning hacks that you can incorporate into the job so as not to ruin your valuable items. Take notes.
It should take a little longer than normal. There are a lot more steps involved than what you typically aim for with regular cleaning. The purpose of carpet deep cleaning is to get to those hard-to-reach areas deep down the fibres. This allows you to get rid of tough stains and stubborn dirt that won’t respond to simple treatments. It also involves heavy-duty products and machines.
The average time varies based on the carpet size. The other thing that will impact the timeframe is whether there is any furniture or belongings that you need to move around so they don’t get in the way.
With that said, the job may take up to an hour. This is because some ingredients like baking soda, dish soap, and kosher salt take longer to take effect on stain areas. For some people, it will be 30 minutes.
So, how do you deep clean carpet by hand? We would like to warn you that this is a time-consuming task. You can apply a special cleaning solution from the supermarket or a homemade carpet cleaning solution with ammonia. Use 1l of clean water and ammonia (2 tbsp), spread it evenly over the targeted area and scrub the carpet with a brush. Wipe down with a wet towel and let the carpet dry on its own. Be sure to open the windows to accelerate the drying process, as well as eliminate the unpleasant odour of the cleaning solution.
Here are several tips on how to deep clean carpet naturally:
Prior to cleaning your carpet, check out the tag list for specific instructions on what you should and shouldn’t use. Some shag carpets don’t tolerate much water and had better be dry cleaned. Others can be washed with warm water plus a non-foaming carpet cleaning solution. If yours is safe to wash, use mild soap on it, brush it gently with a scrub brush, and rinse. Hang it outside until it dries completely.
If it should be dry cleaned, you need to get your hands on a special dry cleaning agent and follow the instructions on the bottle. For dry cleaning, we recommend resorting to professional services.
For this one, your best option is to utilise an enzyme cleaning solution. Whether it’s one made by yourself or it’s something you bought from the local supermarket, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is spray it liberally on the stain and wait for 30 minutes.
Before you clean your carpet or area rugs, you want to absorb the urine stain with paper towels.
Another way to tackle urine from your pets is to fill a bottle with good old vinegar and water, then spray it on the carpet. It’s also a smart idea to add 1 tablespoon of salt and a squirt of dish detergent for a more powerful combo. Let it rest for a few minutes and then run a sponge over it. Use a wet clean rag to rinse and then blot with a dry towel.
Start at the top of the staircase. To loosen stains and dirt, vigorously brush the surface, working your way down. You should aim to push any dirt down the stairs until you reach the floor. Now, go over the carpet or area rugs with a regular vacuum cleaner. Following that, sprinkle carpet shampoo on the fabric and add warm water.
This is usually done with a special attachment on a cleaning machine. If you don’t have one, you will have to do everything by hand. Mind you that this is a time-consuming and labour-intensive cleaning process.
The last step is to suction the excess water with a special machine. There are portable models that you can rent. Alternatively, you can put a clean cloth on each section to help it dry faster but that will take days to work.
Take your floor mats outside. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. There is no need to add water to it. Prep the surface by brushing back and forth with a soft-bristled brush. Next up, apply general amounts of white vinegar and continue brushing. Opt for a garden hose with a high-pressure head to finish off the job. Leave the items in the sun to dry.
Buy a bottle of carpet cleaner from the store. It’s best to use one that comes in the form of a spray. Apply generous amounts of it on all carpet surfaces in your car. To help the cleaning agent go deep into the rug or carpet fibres, scrub with a brush in different directions.
Now, grab an absorbent towel and run it over the fabric. Let it pick up the dirt that was just loosened up. Work your way back and forth. When you are finished, suction any remaining grime with a handheld vacuum. You may want to pass the towel over the carpet one last time.
If you are wondering how to deep clean RV carpet, follow the same steps from above. Alternatively, you could book our car upholstery cleaning service in London and save yourself the hassle.
Vinegar is that magic ingredient that has mild disinfecting properties due to the presence of acetic acid. It is among the most amazing homemade carpet cleaning solutions because of its ability to kill some viruses and bacteria in addition to removing stains.
It should be noted that the most common product used for cleaning is white vinegar. It contains between 5% and 10% of acetic acid; and the rest is water. Higher acid content is available in products employed for agricultural reasons, but most likely they are not sold over-the-counter.
Apple cider vinegar has a slightly lower acidity ranging between 5% and 6%.
From there, you should try various carpet cleaning solutions, such as diluting it with water at a 1:1 ratio. Alternatively, you can add other ingredients like dish soap and borax. If there is a stain or ground-in dirt, throw in cornstarch or baking soda for that tremendous effect on the stained areas.
Now, for many years we've been led to think the bicarb soda-vinegar combo makes a power cleaner for dirt and stains. But have we all been wrong this whole time? Evidence is starting to point out that the reaction does not produce any better results and can in fact lower the effectiveness of either ingredient.
Don’t get this the wrong way, the mixture won’t hurt you. It won’t damage your carpets or rugs either. However, it’s not as good at cleaning as using these homemade ingredients separately. So, just don't mix these two cleaners and you will be fine.
You can do a deeper clean on your carpet all by yourself. You just need to prepare some tools and products ahead of time. It’s also vital to be patient and consistent. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the back of the products and consult the labels of your precious possessions to find out what works for them.
If you aren't confident in your skills, don’t fret. Feel free to call us for a professional carpet cleaning service in London and stop worrying about whether or not your equipment is suitable for the task at hand. Our cleaners remove dirt, soil, unpleasant odours, and bad stains from all types of carpets and rugs.