Picture yourself pacing up and down the aisles of carpet cleaner at your local department store. Brand names, steep prices, and unfamiliar chemicals are running through your head on top of a looming deadline. All you want is for your carpet to be clean and fresh before company comes this weekend, but you’re trapped in a vortex of strong-smelling solutions and questionable bottle designs. If any of this sounds familiar, a consultation with the carpet cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Fire & Water Clean Up may be your way out of department store purgatory. However, if the in-laws are arriving in two hours and you don’t have a second (or penny) to spare, try out these quick and easy do-it-yourself carpet cleaning techniques instead.
First of all, if the problem with your carpet is an overall dinginess or discoloration it would be best to wait until you have time to clean the entire room at once, ideally with a professional carpet cleaning team. Cleaning only half of the carpet, or even just spot cleaning, can leave the uncleaned portions of the floor looking tacky and patchy. Plan your cleaning technique ahead of time to prevent unfinished jobs.
Next, get your hands on a basic spray bottle. With carpet cleaning, a light touch is much more effective than creating a puddle of solution on the ground. You want the dirt and stains to lift away, not drown and spread. With a spray bottle in hand, you can make an effective spot cleaner with a combination of water and several simple cleaning agents.
In carpet cleaning solutions warm water is often a more effective choice. Select a short-notice cleaning agent from your home that is easy to get your hands on such as dish detergent, vinegar, or laundry detergent. All of these options are inexpensive and can be very efficient with the right technique. Remember that it doesn’t take too much carpet cleaner to make an impact. In fact, less is more so that you don’t leave sticky or scented residue in the carpet fibers.
Spray your solution over the dirtied carpet and scrub with a dry, light colored cloth. This way you’ll be able to see if the stain is lifting away, or if the carpet cleaner ratio needs to be adjusted. Once the stain has been lifted continue dabbing until the carpet is no long noticeably wet to the touch.
This DIY carpet cleaning technique isn’t foolproof. Not all stains are so easy to defeat, and, depending upon the stain’s severity, your homemade solution just might not be strong enough. If this is the case, contact ServiceMaster Fire & Water Clean Up to help pick up the slack. Elizabethtown, PA, residents can contact ServiceMaster Fire & Water Clean Up at (844) 805-1107 for by visiting their website here for more information.