One of the things I like to do to calm me down is to clean the house. I know weird huh? There is just something about the smell of cleaning products and the thought of having everything in its place for even just a few minutes. The one thing that irks me is the carpet. We have newer carpet and maintaining it seems to be a job in its own. I love the look and feel of the carpet but with two kids and three cats find myself at a loss for cleaning tips when I am in need. Over the years I have come up with many carpet saving tips that I thought I would share for people going through the same situation as me.
First you need to know what kind of backing the carpet has and how the carpet is attached to the floor. Subsequent you’ll need to know the kind of yarn and what the carpet fibers are created of. As soon as you realize this you are able to extend the life of one’s carpet by using the correct amount of water answer.
Getting anything other than a light smell out of a carpet requires the high pressure and suction of a commercial machine. It also requires the expertise of a trained and experienced carpet cleaner. There are many causes and solutions to different smells in a carpet and knowing what to do and when to it requires training and experience.
Residential carpet usually has a pad underneath it. The pad can be anywhere from 1/4 inch to almost an inch thick. The pad provides cushioning and gives your carpet that comfortable, soft feel when you walk on it.
Cleaning the carpet using water or cleaning solutions will often result in a emergency carpet drying. The problem with this is that you will need to spend a long time waiting for the carpet to dry up completely before you can use it again. You can use rags or towels to dry up the carpet but it will still take some time. A wet/dry vac though can help solve this problem in just a matter of minutes. The wet/dry vac can suck up all the moisture and liquids and dry your carpet in no time.
When you touch the carpet at the edge of the room, it may not even feel damp, but the pad could be saturated. This can be seen using an infrared camera. An infrared (or Thermal Imaging) camera is useful in finding the real area that the water has damaged, even if you can’t see or feel it.
The next step is to inject the mat with water that is near its boiling point at a pressure of between 50 to 500 psig. This is done for a period of between 10 to 15 minutes depending on the level of dirt. The carpet cleaners Sanibel then extract the resultant mixture with a vacuum of 5 to 14 inches HG.
Finally, do not drip dry your rugs. Dyes migrate into your wool fibers if this is done, or run into the other dyes of your rug. It will likely end up looking more tie-dyed than neatly designed when your done. If there are no dyes, you still shouldn not drip dry. The thickness of the carpet/rug will prevent it from fully drying at the lower end where the water is dripping off.