It’s time for some spring cleaning, and there’s no better place to start than with your carpet. If you’ve got an area rug somewhere in your home, we’d like to show you how you can clean it yourself, and get a little bit of that nice feeling that comes from freshly shampooed carpets. While regular vacuuming is recommended to keep your rug clean and allergen free, you should only have to deep clean your rug every 12 to 18 months. Here are the first 4 steps to a clean rug and a cleaner home.
1. Vacuum and Prepare the Rug
Start by removing all of the loose dirt and dust from your carpet. Vacuum it on both sides to prepare it for washing. Move the rug outside or to another area where you’ll be able to wash and rinse it without damaging nearby flooring.
2. Mix Your Cleaning Agent and Test It
Whether you choose a professional carpet shampoo from the store or a simple mixture made with a mild household cleaning agent and cold water, always test it on a small piece of carpet before proceeding. Check for color fading and bleeding on your spot test. If it comes out without any negative side effects, it’s time to clean the carpet.
Using a soft brush or a firm sponge, scrub the cleaning agent deep into your carpet until you work it into a lather. Allow the rug to soak like this for a few minutes before rinsing.
Rinse the carpet thoroughly with a hose until the water runs clear.You’re not done yet! Make sure to check out 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2 of our two part series for the last 3 steps to properly clean your rug. Need help? Contact us at Cleanville in Salt Lake City and see the difference a professional clean can make to all the flooring in your home.