It's easy to clean carpets at home if you know how and when to clean them. This blog will help you know everything about the process.
From the frequency of carpet cleaning to the cleaning tools, materials and process, you will get to know all of this right here.
We will start by explaining when to clean carpets at home. And then move towards the carpet cleaning process. You will see some basic tips and tricks as well. So, try not to skip sections.
In general, it is fine to vacuum carpets twice a week and deep clean them thrice a year. However, exact carpet cleaning intervals depend on how dirty your carpet gets. This further depends on two factors: traffic area and type of space.
On the contrary, if you have a big family, yours is a heavy traffic area. In case you live alone but you have guests at home quite often then you receive heavy traffic on carpets.
Now, that you have read factors affecting intervals of cleaning, let’s move ahead.
There are three ways of carpet cleaning: vacuuming, steaming, and shampooing. Both home and professional carpet cleaning are done in any or all of these ways depending on the two factors explained above. We will discuss them in detail right away.
Vacuuming a carpet removes dust from the surface area. Let’s figure out how often you should vacuum a carpet at home:
Low Traffic Area: Vacuuming your carpet once a week will be good. You can even do it anywhere between 7-10 days.
High Traffic Area: It is better to vacuum your carpets twice a week to prevent the growth of germs, moulds and mildews.
The carpets you have in open areas will accumulate more dust and dirt in comparison to those in closed areas. So, you can vacuum your carpets in open areas twice or thrice a week.
Whereas, it is fine to vacuum the carpets of your living room, bedroom etc. once a week. You can also clean them every 7-10 days.
Don’t know what steam cleaning is? No issues, here is a brief explanation of the process:
As the name suggests, steam is used to clean carpets in this process. There are two types of steam cleaners, you can use them to clean carpets at home:
You can buy a steam cleaner machine online from Amazon, Flipkart or other e-commerce sites. They are also easily available at electronic retail stores like Chroma, Reliance Digital, eZone, etc.
We will be explaining how to use steam carpet cleaners at home in the upcoming sections. So, keep reading if you want to know everything about steam carpet cleaning at home. As of now, we will see how often you should do steam carpet cleaning.
Low traffic area: It is fine to do steam carpet cleaning two times a year. Try to keep an even gap of 6 months between your steam cleaning sessions.
High traffic area: Too many people on the carpets invite more dust, stains and germs as well. So, to maintain good hygiene, do steam carpet cleaning after every 3-4 months.
Space plays a major role when it comes to steam cleaning. You should steam clean carpets of open spaces every 3-6 months.
For closed spaces, pull your steam carpet cleaner out after every 6 months and steam clean your carpets.
The process of steam cleaning consumes time. It is better to use this method for stain removals especially if your carpet is big in size.
Did you imagine lots of foam and water on the carpet while thinking of carpet shampooing? If yes, you are right. The process is quite similar to what you imagined. Let’s see what it is.
Carpet shampoo is a cleaning product to wash carpets. What detergent does to your clothes is exactly what a carpet shampoo does to carpets. You can easily purchase them online or from your nearest retail store. Cleansol carpet shampoo, natural care shampoo, and winkle carpet shampoo are some good options to buy online. They all are available on Amazon.
We will explain how to use a carpet shampooing machine later in this article. Meanwhile, let’s see how often you should shampoo a carpet at home.
Low Traffic Area: Shampooing your carpet once in 12 months will be good enough.
High Traffic Area: Do carpet shampooing every six months especially if you are not deep cleaning it in any other way.
You should shampoo the carpet in open areas twice a year. Otherwise, your carpet might turn into a storage tank of dirt and dust. Shampoo your carpets that are placed in closed areas at least once a year.
Some factors like having kids and pets at home, or smoking can also affect carpet cleaning frequency. To know more about this, you can go through a detailed insight on carpet cleaning frequency.
We hope that now you can easily understand whether it’s time to wash your carpet or not. Let’s move to know how to clean carpets at home.
You can clean carpets at home with or without using machines. We will explain both of them in the upcoming sections.
While doing carpet cleaning at home you will need different things. It is always better to keep them handy to clean carpets without any mess.
Here is how you can clean carpets without buying or renting machines:
Getting rid of dirt is a simple job. You can use a vacuum cleaner. But if you don’t have it at home, there are other ways to do it as well. You can use:
PRO TIP: Don’t wait for your scheduled cleaning time to remove stains. Because the longer they will stay, the harder it will be to remove them. Try to remove your stains immediately after they happen.
Some of the toughest stains come from things like ink, paint, wine, food, blood and long-settled dust. You can try some hacks/ homemade stain removers for these stains.
Just put a small amount of these items as mentioned so that the product can cover the surface area of the stain.
CAUTION: Some carpets should not be washed with warm water and baking soda because issues like discoloration or fabric roughness may occur. So, do not forget to check the directions of the manufacturer before cleaning your carpet. It’s generally written on the labels. If your carpet fabric will be prone to damage by some particular cleaning agents they will be mentioned on the label.
You can end the process right here if your motive was to remove stains only. However, if you want to do deep carpet cleaning at home, keep reading.
Deep carpet cleaning can be done using both cleaners available in the market and homemade cleaners. You can simply pick any cleaner online or visit your nearest retail store to purchase one. Scotchgard, Zimmer, and Clecide are some good options for carpet cleaners. They are easily available on Amazon as well.
If you don’t want to buy a cleaner, you can clean your carpet using:
Here is how you can make tried and tested DIY carpet cleaning solutions using the above-listed ingredients:
You can increase the quantity of your homemade cleaning solution depending on the length of your carpet. Just make sure to keep the proportion of every ingredient the same as directed above.
If you think your carpet is too delicate, too long or too dirty to be handled on your own, then send them to expert carpet cleaners near you. Because it may take extra time and effort to clean such carpets.
Now that you know all the effective DIY carpet cleaning solutions, let’s see how to use them.
You can make any cleaning solution listed above with ingredients available at home.
Do you think you are done with carpet cleaning? No, your job is still not over. The process of cleaning ends when the carpet dries out without catching any footprints and lumps of dirt on the wet surface.
Don’t leave your carpet somewhere it can get extreme dust exposure. For instance, it is good to dry carpet in the sun. But, if there is some construction work going on in your neighborhood, then it is better to keep your wet carpets inside.
If in no way you can prevent direct exposure of dirt and dust to a freshly cleaned carpet, your efforts will go in vain. In that case, you should prefer to send it to your nearest carpet cleaning store.
To do carpet cleaning with machines, you should have all the required tools handy:
The first step to cleaning carpets will be buying or renting a machine. There are majorly two machines that you can use at home.
You have already read about these machines above. Some localised laundry stores give them on a rental basis. You can also buy a carpet cleaning machine online or from stores that sell cleaning equipment like vacuum cleaners.
A machine specifically designed for carpet cleaning may cost anywhere around INR 25,000/- to INR 50,000. You can find cheaper options for steam cleaning machines in steam mops available on Flipkart, Amazon etc. The price of steam mops ranges from INR 5,000 to INR 15,000.
There are no ideal cheaper options for a carpet shampooing machine.
Once you rent or buy a carpet cleaning machine here is how you can use it:
Keep these things handy
Here’s what to do next
Just in case you are too conscious to use a carpet shampoo machine. Go through a detailed guide to carpet cleaning using a shampooing machine.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget to read the guidelines!
Every machine comes with a guide from manufacturers. People often don’t bother to read them in detail, which is wrong. Go through the guide carefully. It will help you operate the machine easily.
If you don’t want to invest in a machine and you have changed your mind to clean carpets at home, you can head to professional carpet cleaners near you.
Professional carpet cleaning can cost anywhere from Rs. 20/- per sq. feet to 50/- per sq. feet. However, the exact cost of carpet cleaning service depends on different factors which are as follows:
Now that you have reached the end of this article, we hope you can spot which type of cleaning your carpet needs. We would like to share one more tip on the ending note – Take good care of your carpet after cleaning as well. Worrying about them only when it’s time to clean is not done. There are so many things that you need to take care of every day. The better you will care the longer they will last. Hope it helps!
Both home and professional cleaning are needed for carpets. You should focus on how often you clean them. It is ideal to vacuum at home daily or at least twice a week. You can send your carpets for professional cleaning twice a year at least.
The cheapest way of cleaning a carpet is to clean it at home. You can use baking soda, salt, vinegar, etc. to make a cleaning solution. We have a detailed description of how to clean carpet without a machine at home above in this article. You can go through that.
Overall, steam cleaning your carpet is a lot more effective than shampooing. In case the stains are not too old or your carpet is not big in size, steam cleaning will be good.
However, in case you have to clean a large carpet surface or a carpet that has major stains on it, you should try shampooing.
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