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How To Use Commercial Carpet Cleaners


A commercial carpet cleaner is a great way to clean your carpets for a fraction of the price of hiring a company to provide the service. It also gives you a chance to ensure that the carpet is cleaned to your standards and also provides you the opportunity of spot cleaning stains prior to the actual complete shampooing.

In order to get the most out of your rental of a commercial carpet cleaner follow these simple steps:

  1. Carefully read the rental agreement and inspect the machine. If there are any noticeable scratches, dents or missing attachments be sure to note them both on the contract as well as discuss this with the store employee. Have the employee initial or sign the form as required so that you will not be liable for any damage that was already present on the machine.

  2. Purchase the carpet cleaner recommended by the staff or the manufacturer. This information is usually provided in a short manual that comes with the rental. If you decide to use your own cleaning detergent or shampoo be sure to follow the exact measurements and avoid using too much cleaner. Using excessive amounts of shampoo will result in a hard, sticky feel to the carpet as there will be residue left behind.

  3. Remove all furniture from the area to be cleaned. If the furniture is too heavy or large to move to another room cover the legs with plastic bags to prevent any water damage or bleeding of the stain onto the wet carpet.

  4. Test a small patch of carpet in a closet to ensure that there is no color change with the product.

  5. Thoroughly vacuum the carpet area to be cleaned using your regular vacuum.

  6. For heavy stains or excessively dirty carpet be sure to pre-treat the stains. This can easily be done by adding 1/4 cup of the carpet shampoo that you are using to two cups of warm water. Place this in a spray bottle and dampen, not soak the stain. Allow to stand for five to ten minutes and then clean as usual.

  7. Clean in a pattern of straight lines either up and down or across the room. Avoid cleaning in random motions as you are more likely to miss a patch of carpet that will be very obvious when the carpet is dried.

  8. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for rinsing the carpet.

  9. Allow to dry completely and vacuum in the opposite way to the pattern used with the commercial carpet cleaner.

  10. You may wish to treat the carpet with a stain resistant spray for easy clean up.

Occasionally people use a commercially available pre-soak or stain removal product for the heavy stains. If you are using one of these products be sure that it is compatible with the shampoo that is being used in the carpet cleaner. Sometimes the chemicals in the pre-wash stain remover will react with the chemicals in the shampoo bleaching the carpet.

If you have used a stain remover previously on the area be sure to completely rinse and blot dry before starting the shampooing. Rinse with clean and clear warm water and blot dry with a white towel, colorfast towel or paper towel, depending on the size of the stain.

Avoid holding the machine over the stain for prolonged periods of time as this can damage the pile or weave of the carpet and can leave a noticeable and permanent change in the texture of the carpet. Try moving the commercial carpet over the stained area in long strokes, alternating directions if necessary.

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