Carpet cleaning involves the removal of dust, stains, dirt and allergens by using several methods. It is done from the better appearance point of view as well. A well drafted and clean carpet amuses everyone who sees it and it is also a sign of long-lasting and healthier carpet as well. Carpets have their own unique colour, pattern and texture that really adds to the warmth of the house.
Carpet cleansing can be carried out with methods of vacuuming, deep cleaning, and stain removal to help your carpets look better and last longer. Regular vacuuming provides the first line of defence against dirt and stains that damages carpet fibres. But carpets also need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Plan to thoroughly wash carpet every 12 to 18 months for the best results.
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Before cleaning the carpet, you have to make sure whether the carpet is colourfast or not. Colourfast carpet is the one that does not bleed, fade or change when different cleaning techniques are being applied to it. Following tests can be performed in order to check the Colourfastness of carpets:
- Firstly, find a carpet scrap or an inconspicuous spot, such as carpet inside a closet. Then vacuum the carpet.
- Soak a cloth with the cleaner or stain remover you want to use.
- Lay down the cloth on the carpet for an hour, and then blot the damp area with a dry white cloth.
- Finally check if the cloth is stained with carpet dyes, test other carpet cleaning products until you find one that does not make the carpet sample bleed.
There are different methods that can be employed for the cleansing of the carpets. Some of them are discussed here:
Vacuum Cleaners use air pumps to create vacuums to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors and carpets. Filtering systems collect dirt for later disposal. Modern carpet cleaning equipment use rotary vacuum heads and spray jets to deep clean the carpet through hundreds of multi-directional cleaning passes. Some add steam and agitation.
Different Stain Removals are also available in the market that can add a classy look to your carpets. Tea leaves and cut grass were formerly common for floor cleaning, to collect dust from carpets, albeit with risks of stains. Ink was removed with lemon or with oxalic acid and hartshorn; oil with white bread or with pipe clay; grease fats with turpentine; ox gall and naphtha were also general cleaners. Ammonia and chloroform were recommended for acid discoloration.
Another method is Hot Water Extraction that uses equipment that sprays heated water, sometimes with added cleaning chemicals, on the carpet. Simultaneously, the water is vacuumed up, along with any embedded and dissolved dirt. Many carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as the most effective carpet cleaning method.
Dry Cleaning method relies on the use of specialized machines and this factor makes it less labour-intensive. These systems are mostly “very low moisture” (VLM) systems, relying on dry compounds and are growing significantly in market share due in part to their very rapid drying time, a significant factor for 24-hour commercial installations.
One of the above mentioned methods can be taken into consideration for the cleansing of carpets and expect the best results to be waiting for you.