Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet cleaning has always been a tricky task, mainly because carpets are easy to ruin, especially in high traffic areas. Stains left unattended on carpet can make the whole room look dirty, which is why most people call a professional carpet cleaner for assistance. Unfortunately, not all professional carpet cleaners are the same, nor are they even the same when it comes to cleaning techniques and equipment. So, how do you find a carpet cleaner that is both good at what they do and affordable? Well, a lot depends on where you live, because the cost of a carpet cleaning session can differ depending on where it is located.

For regular carpet cleaning, simply spot removers are not needed. If you just have a stubborn stain, such as a pet stain, you can try the solution advertised for that particular kind of stain. Some professional carpet cleaning machines only have one tank of hot water and the appropriate cleaning solution for the fabric being cleaned. However, if you have an area that you want to get rid of lots of dirt, it might be better to use a vacuum cleaner with two tanks. The second tank will contain a mixture of dirt attractants, such as baking soda and other powders that will repel the dirt from your carpet fibers.

When choosing a vacuum cleaner, it is important to take into consideration how many people will be using it, the area being cleaned and what you don't want to ingest while cleaning. Some chemicals and odors are dangerous to breathe and will also stain your clothing. A good machine will be able to extract the dirt with very little disturbance to you or your family. Also, some carpet cleaning products are formulated with ingredients that have the potential to leave a residue behind, so be aware of this. Some professional cleaners recommend that stains be cleaned using a steam cleaner, because it is easier to reach all of the hard-to-reach areas with one, compared to a machine that relies on suction. If you have pets, or smokers in the house, it is wise to ask your cleaner to use a steam cleaner that has an exhaust system, so you don't inhale any of the toxic fumes.