How Often Should I Steam Clean?
Most of the furnishings around your household will let you know when they need to be cleaned. For instance, you will definitely see scuffs on your wood floors, you’ll see a ring around the bathtub, and you’ll even see a layer of dust settled on your bookshelves and on appliances. However, carpets are a little more involved than that, because they don’t always show dirt and debris which accumulates deep in the fibers.
Why steam cleaning?
While you might vacuum even daily to remove much of the debris near the surface, even a vacuum will not be powerful enough to penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet to remove particles which have become trapped there. For that, you’ll need to conduct a hot water extraction or some kind of steam cleaning in order to be sure that your carpet is fully clean. This will be especially important if you have pets in the house, whose hairs can become clogged into the carpet fibers.
Anyone who has a respiratory issue in your household will be affected in a major way by having pollen and other debris caught up in the fibers of your carpets. If you can do a steam cleaning or hot water extraction once per year, you can count on having your carpet fairly clean the rest of the time. It’s best if you have the professionals do this kind of cleaning for you, because they have the proper equipment and they have the expertise to deep clean your carpets. However, you can do it yourself if you rent the equipment needed, and take the time to understand its operation.
How to go about steam cleaning
First of all, you should start with the good vacuuming, and your vacuum should have rotating brush which is capable of lifting out embedded dirt. Of course you should pay special attention to those areas of your carpeting which get the most foot traffic. Don’t overlook the dirt which might accumulate in the corners and crevices, and for best results, you should always vacuum in two directions which are perpendicular to each other.
By removing all the material near the surface, you’ll make it easier for the deep cleaning which follows. If necessary, move any furniture off the carpeting so you can be sure that you’re doing a thorough job. Assuming that you have rented a cleaning tool for your steam cleaning project, make sure that you read the manufacturer’s guidelines, so that you operate the equipment properly.
It’s a good idea if you do some pre-treating of any stains you have in high-traffic areas. For this you can use a brush, a cotton towel, and a good spray cleaner, and after treating the area with a spray cleaner, you should gently rub with a scrub brush, and then blot up the remainder with a clean towel. Now you should be ready to go ahead with your steam cleaning, and when you do, make sure you use hot water for the deepest clean.
Most steam cleaners are constructed so that they push out water when you move the machine forward, and then pull it back up when you go in the reverse direction. This allows it to suck in as much water as possible so that mold and mildew can’t develop within your carpet fibers. When you have completed cleaning the entire carpet, you need to let it dry for at least an entire day, and it’s best if you can leave windows open during that time.
The next day, you should vacuum the entire carpet one more time, so you can pick up any dust which has been left behind. Then you can replace your furniture pieces in their original spots, and you can be confident that you have performed a good deep cleaning on your carpeting.
Consult the professionals
It’s always a good idea to reach out to your local steam cleaning professionals when looking to have your carpet and upholstery steam cleaned thoroughly. At Steam Master Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning we provide a much better cleaning experience than what you may get with rented equipment. Our service professionals know exactly how to properly handle the cleaning of different materials which protects you from damaging your carpet or upholstery in the process of steam cleaning.