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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500397
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
-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 directed.
-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.
Hot Water Extraction
Hot water extraction sometimes is called steam cleaning although no
steam is used in the process. A hot water and detergent solution is
sprayed onto the carpet under pressure to flush out the dirt and soil.
This solution is immediately extracted by the vacuum action of the
-excellent for cleaning moderate to heavily soiled carpet
-can observe when the solution is soil free
-drying time somewhat less than with the shampoo process
-some possibility of overwetting
-most expensive of the four methods
-equipment is heavy and bulky
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus
with reference from Nebraska Extension bulletin Carpet Care, Cleaning
and Stain Removal.
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