Getting Ready to Clean
When preparing to shampoo a carpet with a steam cleaning machine, it’s necessary to thoroughly vacuum the entire room first. For a total room cleaning, move out couches, chairs, end tables, and any other furniture before vacuuming. It may be a good idea to vacuum multiple times in various directions to lift the carpet pile and, thus, pick up as much dirt as possible.
The machine’s instructions should be carefully followed since each machine works a little differently. On some carpet shampooers, the cleaning solution is diluted with hot water in a single tank. In other machines, the cleaner is added full strength to one tank while plain hot water is added to another tank. All steam cleaners will have a separate tank to hold the dirty water that is extracted from the carpet.
The actual cleaning process is rather simple. The cleaning solution is released into the carpeting as the machine is pushed along a straight path, and the machine then suctions the solution back into the waste water tank as the suction nozzle is passed over the same path two to three times. Rotating brushes on the steam cleaner help to loosen and remove much of the embedded dirt. The more times the machine passes over an area, the more water it will remove.
How frequently you should shampoo carpet depends largely on the amount of traffic a carpet receives. A carpet that is walked on daily should be cleaned at least once or twice per year, but carpet in an infrequently used room may need to be shampooed only every 18 months. Light colored carpeting will show dirt more easily and may need to be cleaned more often. For more help or appointment please call Choice Care Carpet Care @ 912-354-3067. Carpet Cleaning