When your carpet starts looking dull and you notice some stains that won’t come out, it might be time for some deep carpet cleaning. The same goes for your couch.
Signs That Your Carpet Needs Deep Cleaning
- The color is a shade darker than what it used to be
- Foul odors
- The carpet is matted and feels sticky
- Grimy circles from chairs’ and tables’ legs
- The carpet releases dust when walked on
Why Should You Deep Clean Your Carpet?
Vacuuming every week and occasionally shampooing your carpet is not enough to keep it looking as good as new. Regular cleaning only removes dirt from the surface. You may not realize it, but there is a whole lot of dirt and grime hiding deep within the fibers. But there are other reasons.
When a carpet is not thoroughly cleaned for a long time, it ages faster. If you brush your hand against it, you may also notice that it feels drier and rougher. It can even have a negative effect on your health. Dirty carpets can trigger allergies and cause lung infections.
Every once in a while, it’s important to deep clean your carpet to make it last longer and make sure that your family stays healthy.
Preparations for Deep Cleaning a Carpet
- Clear the Room – Try to clear the room of furniture and anything that would get in the way. You can temporarily move them to another room or in the garage.
- Vacuum – Give your carpet a thorough vacuum cleaning before you proceed with the deep cleaning. Try to cover every inch by going through smaller sections at a time. Vacuum the upper as well as the underside of the carpet.
- Pre-treat the Stains – Pre-treat the stains with a mixture of water and vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water and put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it directly onto stain then put a damp cloth over it. Iron over the damp cloth on the steam setting for about 30 seconds.
Steps for Deep Cleaning a Carpet
The next steps involve steam and shampoo carpet cleaning.
- Steam clean the carpet. Steam cleaning is the most important step in deep cleaning a carpet. Fill your steam cleaner’s water container with appropriate carpet shampoo or you can use vinegar and essential oil. Run the steam cleaner over the carpet and make sure to cover all areas.
- Run the steam cleaner again on high traffic areas.
- Finally, use a carpet freshener to deodorize your carpet. You can use a carpet deodorant that you can find in stores or you can make your own using baking soda, essential oils, and a bit of borax.
Steps for Deep Cleaning Upholstery
Just like your carpet, your couch also needs occasional deep upholstery cleaning to prevent it from aging faster and affecting your family’s health.
- Read the Label – First, make sure that you know the type of fabric that is in your upholstery. The W tag means that you can use water to clean it, WS means you can use dry cleaning detergent as well as steam vacuum, X means you cannot use water, and S means you can only use dry detergent.
- Use Baking Soda – You can use baking soda to remove grime and deep-seated dirt in your upholstery. Use a stiff brush to remove debris then sprinkle the couch with baking soda and leave it for half an hour. Vacuum the baking soda from the couch using the brush attachment in a vacuum cleaner.
For an even deeper clean, try mixing the baking soda with some dry carpet cleaner.