Carpets Cleaning - General Information Eventually carpets need some type of cleaning to
remove soil that sticks to the fibers. How often depends on amount of use and soil carpet gets; some areas will need cleaning before other. Basic methods are: dry absorbent powder, foam, shampooing, and hot water extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning or extraction). Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Costs in dollars, time, and energy vary, as do skill needed to do a good job. Always vacuum thoroughly before starting cleaning method.
Here are some general precautions for all methods:
-Pretest before using (see "Carpets-Pretesting Cleaning Products")
-Protect the carpet from rust stains by putting aluminum foil, wax paper, or plastic wrap under furniture legs, until carpet is dry.
-Follow the cleaner and equipment instructions as
-Do not overwet the carpet. Excess moisture can cause shrinkage, streaks, or mildew.
-Keep mechanical action to a minimum to avoid carpet damage or streaks.
Aerosol foam sprays are available in most grocery
and hardware stores. The foam is sprayed in a thin layer on the carpet, worked in with a wet sponge, allowed to dry, and then vacuumed. Work in one area at a time; otherwise streaking may occur if the foam dries before mopping. Examples of this product include Glory, Woolite Spray Foam, Blue Lustre, and Glamorene Spray 'N Vac Rug Cleaner.
-needs no special equipment
-best for lightly soiled carpets
-cleans only the carpet surface
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