Calgary Residential Carpet Cleaning
Getting those stains off your trusty and comfy carpets can be a real pain if you aren’t doing it the right away. More often than not it isn’t even the question of doing it the right away, the question is of doing the cleaning using the right tools. Not only that, carpet fibres vary widely from carpet to carpet. Some carpets are made of delicate fabrics and need special care. In such cases, it is advised to leave the handling to the professionals instead of experimenting with a technique that will cause more harm than good.
If you are looking for some tips in carpet cleaning, then you have arrived at the right place.
Handy Tips for Calgary Carpet Cleaning!
In this article, we will take a look at handling the soft, delicate, woollen carpets!
Handling woollen carpets
The first step towards keeping any carpet spic and span is to vacuum it thoroughly. Not only will it remove the trapped dirt, dust and various other particulate matter, doing so will ensure a longer life for your carpet and a healthier environment for your family. Vacuuming two times a week will prevent the accumulation of dirt on the surface making it easier when you start deep cleaning the carpet.
A common ailment that plagues woollen carpets is called pilling. Simply put is the intermixing of fibres from different tufts of the carpet forming clumps of fibres that are quite hard to separate and consequently difficult to entangle. The constant motion of the vacuum power-head also known as the ‘beater bar’ or ‘power bear’ can lead to the formation of clumps.
The presence of a beater bar is essential to remove the more embedded dirt in the carpet since the loose particles are easily removed by any vacuum with good suction ability. For a cleaning experience that is more thorough, it is better to use a rotating beater bar to agitate the area, loosen the more persistent dirt particles, and then go in for a couple of rounds of vacuuming on areas which seem to be concentrated with dirt as compared to the other areas.
After you have shaken the carpet to remove any particles and also vacuumed it, the next step is to choose a cleaning method that will help you tackle those stains that are marring the beauty of your carpet. Let us look at a few of them.
The Dry Foam And Absorbent Pad Method
In this method, the cleaning solution is put into a foam which is then used to absorb the contaminants that are present in the carpet. It is a dry method as it does not use a lot of water or make the carpet very damp. You will be able to step on the carpet as soon as the process is done.
Hot Water Extraction Method
This may be used to follow up the Dry Foam technique (for even better results) or by itself. Almost all carpet cleaners will perform this step for you and it is suggested that you hire a professional instead of trying to do it yourself. The hot cleaning solution (the detergent is mixed with the hot water which may be anywhere between 50 – 100 degrees Celsius) is applied on the carpet and agitated with a grooming brush. It is then allowed to stand for a while, cleaned using a tool to remove any of the residues from the solution. The reason that you should not do this yourself is that you may end up burning your hand with the hot water or using too much detergent. You may also end up using a wrong kind of detergent which will end up causing more problems.
General Preventive Measures
- Don’t let the stain harden over time. Dab it out with sponge and cleaning solution as and when it happens.
- Don’t blindly use any carpet cleaning product. Some products such as “Oxy Clean” work great on synthetic rugs but should never be used on woollen ones. Read the labels on the products and be safe.
- After a stain, dab gently, don’t scrub. Scrubbing will only worsen the condition.
- Dry your woollen rug completely. Prevent the presence of any excess moisture by hanging it out to dry and allowing it to get some sunny goodness.
Keep following our Calgary Residential Carpet Cleaning series to get more useful tips on handling all kinds of carpets.