Sometimes our carpets need a little more attention than the usual quick run-around with the vacuum. Maybe you’ve had a spillage and need to do some emergency spot cleaning, or maybe there’s been a build-up of daily wear and the whole needs to be refreshed. Whatever the reason, carpet shampooing and spot removal doesn’t have to be a difficult task.
Read on to find out the best way to shampoo carpet at home, and how to remove those stubborn stains.
Carpet shampooing in 7 steps
Carpet shampoo cleaning is a great way to brighten up a large area of carpet. There are many different varieties of carpet shampoo on the market, so make sure you read the usage instructions on the label of your product before you get started. It should give you specific directions, but the following steps can be used as a rough guide.
- If you are covering a large area of the carpet, start by removing objects or furniture from the area you would like to clean.
- Vacuum the area to remove excess dust or debris – this will make the carpet shampooing process easier.
- Many varieties of carpet shampoo require you to make up a solution with water. So dilute the cleaner with water as directed.
- Apply the carpet cleaner, ensuring that just enough is used to cover the area. Take care not to over-saturate the carpet, as this will take a long time to dry and could cause damage to the carpet.
- Take a hard-bristled brush and scrub any particularly stained areas of the carpet. Take care not to damage the fibres of the carpet by scrubbing too hard.
- Leave the carpet to dry as instructed on the product label.
- Once the carpet has dried, vacuum the area thoroughly, ensuring that all carpet shampoo residue is removed.
It’s a good idea to keep the family out of the room where you are shampoo-cleaning the carpet, until you have finished. It’ll make your job easier and will stop them from getting soggy feet!