Cleaning Carpet Yourself
These days, you can buy or rent a do-it-yourself extractor or “steam cleaner.” While these machines are effective at cleaning spots and spills, and provide excellent interim cleaning, they do not take the place of periodic deep cleaning by a carpet cleaning professional.
Here’s what you need to know about do-it-yourself extraction cleaning:
Remove the furniture from the carpeted area. If the furniture is too heavy, place a plastic film under and around the legs of the furniture.
Vacuum thoroughly. This can have the biggest impact on the whole process!
Follow the instructions on the machine carefully. Do not add other chemicals or under-dilute in an attempt to make your cleaner stronger.
Only use a Seal of Approval cleaning solution that works with your extractor.
Begin at the farthest point from the doorway and work back toward it so you can step out when done. Do not clean yourself into a corner!
Be patient and do not over-wet the carpet. Extract as much of the water as possible. Do not rush this step.
Wait until the carpet dries before replacing the furniture or walking on carpet. This step can take 6-12 hours.
Ventilate the area. Open windows if outdoor weather conditions permit, or put the air conditioning on a moderate setting (72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit). Never close up a room with a wet carpet. You want the fastest drying-time possible, to prevent mold growth and to allow earlier use.