Carpeted floors, unlike hardwood floors or linoleum floors, require more frequent (and deliberate) maintenance, especially when you have pets, kids, heavy foot traffic, or accidental spills. Below, we offer up the best methods for DIY and professional carpet cleaning services.
You may not see the dirt, dust, or crumbs embedded into the spaces between carpet fibers or in the cracks in your upholstery, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Many people don’t realize that the air quality in your home is impacted by your carpet, so if you don’t maintain clean carpets, you could end up with allergies or frequent colds.
There are dozens of different carpet types, from Berber and frieze to wool and nylon. Some are easier to clean than others, but all require a good carpet cleaning routine, especially if you want your carpet to reach its life expectancy of five, 10, or even 20+ years.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, these are the two types of cleaning methods:
If you’d prefer an organic option, you have a few choices. Some natural carpet cleaners are chemical and residue-free, making them good eco-friendly options. If your carpet needs a deep cleaning after a flood or extreme damage, you’ll likely need a steam cleaning solution.
You can invest in a high-powered carpet cleaner (or carpet extractor), which looks like a vacuum, but is used for a wall-to-wall deep clean. Steam cleaning machines can be heavy, difficult to manage, time consuming, and pricey, but they are designed to remove deeply embedded particles, just as a professional company would. It’s up to you whether it’s worth the time and investment or whether you’d prefer to hire a professional.
For carpets and upholstery cleaning, buy or create your own carpet cleaner products and have them on hand. You can use an all-purpose liquid cleaner or try a homemade solution. Here are a few simple options:
To successfully spot clean a stain, respond as quickly as possible and use the following tactics:
The type of carpet, the amount of foot traffic, whether you have pets, and many other factors contribute to how often your carpet needs cleaning. Here’s what we recommend:
Cleaning up after a spill or accident as soon as it happens is best, though these sometimes go unnoticed until the stain has set in. If you don’t already have a home cleaning routine, establishing one makes cleaning the carpet easier.
If there’s a flood, a fire, or major damage from a leaky pipe, an overflowing sink, or improper drainage, you’ll want a professional to perform a deeper cleaning as part of the water damage restoration process. Otherwise, you could end up with more significant damage and need to replace your carpets.
Carpet and upholstery cleaning is affordable. Whether you buy a carpet cleaner from a store or hire a professional, costs depend on the amount of carpet you have.
The average cost of professional carpet cleaning is $176 for a treatment. Rates are either based on a per-square-footage or a per-room rate. If your room is larger than the typical square footage, a company may consider that two rooms.
Costs also depend on the type of carpet. Berber carpet is the easiest to clean and therefore, cheapest, whereas cotton and wool are the most difficult and expensive to clean.
Although some DIY cleaning methods are effective, we recommend treating your carpets to a professional cleaning, such as Stanley Steemer carpet cleaning services. Even professional service once a year or every other year is better than none at all.
When it comes to hiring a professional carpet cleaner, consider the following:
When you don’t frequently clean your carpet, allergens build up from dust, dirt, food particles, and dead skin cells, which is both unpleasant and problematic. In addition, your room will start to smell, and the carpet itself will start to wear down and eventually need to be replaced. Taking steps to protect your carpet is key to making it last. Try these tips: