Factors to Consider Before Cleaning Your Carpet

Space to Move the Furniture

A dirty carpet is not only disgusting to look at; it can also be smelly, depending on the manners of your pets and even your kids. You need a clean, fresh carpet. How you go about cleaning your carpet is also important; if you do it the wrong way, the problem is only half solved. You have to put many things into consideration before you finally clean the carpet.

For proper cleaning, you will have to move up the furniture so that you can create space for the vacuum cleaner. If your rooms are congested, this can be a setback. Make sure you have figured out how you are going to create ample space, or else you won’t be able to do the thorough carpet cleaning needed. If you have no space to move the furniture, at least put wood blocks under their legs to prevent their stains from transferring to the carpet once it is cleaned.

Your Type Of Carpet

Some carpets are light and so will take a short time to dry up, even if first soaked in water. It is easier to wash a light carpet in soapy water, as long you let it soak. If yours is a thick carpet, make sure you do not use too much water to clean it. Such a thick carpet soaked in water may take more than a day to dry fully. If you planned to have it ready for use the same day, you might be inconvenienced. This could be a great challenge if you were expecting guests. Instead, use scrubbers with little water and vacuum cleaners to get rid of the stains.

You should also consider the carpet fibers. If they fall off easily, you should use a less stiff brush.

The Kind of Stain

Depending on the kind of stain on your carpet, you should go for the appropriate cleaning method. If your family members usually walk on the carpet with shoes, it means the carpet gets dusty much often. It should first be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner to suck the dust before scrubbing with an effective detergent. If you do not have pets and the carpet is not dusty, you can remove the few stains using just soapy scrubber. If the stains are too tough for regular detergents, purchase heavy-duty detergents and apply with a steam cleaner. Stains like paint or grease require this kind of cleaning.

The Weather

If your carpet takes too long to dry, it may develop moulds and even turn brownish. The more it remains moist, the more its chances of decomposing. If you rely on the sunlight, you should clean your carpet just when the weather is right. A sunny and windy day is a perfect day to clean it, for it will have dried after about eight hours. If you wash it on a rainy, sunless season, you will need to have functional dryers like the AC and the dehumidifier.


You should make it a rule that nobody steps on the carpet with shoes. The caret will then have to stay longer without the need for another cleaning.

Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email