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The Carpet Cleaning Guide
Carpet Steam Cleaning Made Easy
If you are considering carpet steam cleaning as a way to make your carpets look fresh and new there are a few simple steps that you can use to help the process go smoothly.
Generally most people will either have a residential carpet steam cleaner or will rent a commercial steam cleaner. The residential models are often as effective as the commercial systems on light cleaning projects, but for really deep stains and dirt a commercial unit may be required.
Carpet steam cleaning is especially effective if there is anyone with allergies or respiratory problems living in the house. Not only does steam cleaning prevent any dust and mold from transferring from the carpet to the air, but it can also eliminate fungi and dust mites that are normally found in the carpet.
The steam process will remove these potential allergens from the air and keep the carpet looking fresh and new. Generally it is recommended that all carpets be steam cleaned every six months to a year.
Vapor steaming uses very high temperature water that is converted to steam and then forced deep into the carpet. This is a much deeper cleaning than regular vacuuming that just brushes the surface of the carpet and removes the loose dirt.
It is important to remember that wet steam does force moisture into the carpet. It is important to avoid over saturating the carpet as it can lead to poor drying and may potentially lead to bacteria and fungus growth in the carpet.
Steam cleaners also use specially designed cleaning solutions to power out the dirt in the carpet. There are various cleaning solutions that are specifically designed for different types of carpet. Antique rugs, handmade rugs or Persian carpets should be cleaned by a professional cleaning service that has experience with these valuable items.
If you are unfamiliar or uncertain about carpet steam cleaning you may want to consider hiring a professional rug cleaner to complete your carpet cleaning needs.
Hiring a professional requires a bit of research as well as some reference checks to make sure they provide just the service that you need. Be sure to explain the type of carpet that you have as well as any special requests that you may have for your carpet.
Often professional cleaners will also spray or treat your carpet with a stain resistant chemical. If you have pets or small children you may wish to discuss this option with the cleaners.
Whether you choose to do it on your own or hire a professional carpet steam cleaning is a great way to extend the life of your floor covering and keep it looking new...
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