Simply put, shampooing your carpet means using a carpet shampooer to clean your carpet. A carpet shampooer is a carpet cleaning equipment, similar to a vacuum, but with extra added features. These additional features include a solution tank, a cleaning attachment consisting of a nylon brush, and a hot water extractor. The hot water extractor produces the sudsy water for cleaning, which is released onto the carpet and scrubbed into the carpeting by the brush, creating a kind of foam. Afterwards, suction is used to remove the water, and the dirty water is sent into a kind of reservoir. Many people will tell you how effective carpet shampooing is by the resulting dirty water that gets sucked out of the carpet.
So how do you shampoo your carpet? First of all, you must have the necessary carpet shampooer. Some carpet owners rent the carpet shampooing equipment, which is useful to do if you only shampoo your carpets about once a month or once every two months.
To prepare your carpet for shampooing, first, clean up. Remove all the furniture from the surface of the carpet, and then vacuum the carpet as thoroughly as possible. Vacuuming is recommended before any other type of cleaning method because this removes all the loose dirt, hair, and other particles from your carpet, which would make the subsequent cleaning process easier, faster and more efficient.
After vacuuming, it’s time to bring out the carpet shampooer. The basic advice here is always to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Always read the manufacturer’s directions, and gain as much familiarity as you can with the equipment itself. You don’t want to end up with a busted carpet shampooer (which may be a rental) added on top of the problem of a carpet that hasn’t been cleaned as thoroughly as you had hoped. Always follow the instructions carefully.
The manufacturer will direct you to place a solution consisting of water and carpet shampoo into the clean water tank of the shampooer. Be careful, though, when shampooing your carpet, because too much shampooing is not necessarily a good thing. Over-shampooing can cause even more troubles for you because of the difficulty of removing the residue afterward. If there is too much residue left on your carpet, the residue will act as a kind of dirt magnet, attracting even more dirt and grime. You may be surprised at how quickly your carpet gets dirty after a thorough clean. Be moderate in your use of shampooing!
Be thorough in your shampooing of the carpets, focusing more on the high traffic areas such as passageways and entryways. Simply use smooth forward and reverse strokes over the surface of the carpet. For the corners and tight spaces, you can use an attachment to get suction into those hard-to-reach spots. Once you’re done, finish up with a tank of water over the areas which you applied carpet shampoo liberally, such as the high traffic areas. Using plain water, in the end, helps to remove or rinse out the excess shampoo. Try to be as thorough as possible in cleaning up the shampoo and residue, and suctioning up the moisture that remains. Granted, a good portion of the process is waiting for the carpet to dry, but you can help this process along by suctioning up as much water and shampoo as you can from the carpet.
When you’re finished, all you need to do now is wait until the carpet has dried as thoroughly as possible. If you press your hand to the carpet and it is still damp, the carpet needs to dry out a bit more. You can help the process along by opening the windows and using fans to encourage air circulation.
When you’re finished, return the furniture into place and enjoy your newly cleaned carpet!