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Carpet Cleaning Basic

Updated on December 20, 2010

Carpet Cleaning Basic-Extraction Method

Extraction Method-Basic

Step 1: Vacuum thoroughly. Use a good vacuum.

Step 2: Work on the spots first, if needed, such as colored spots, removing gum, etc.

Step 3: Dilute prespray solution into a spray pump as recommended by the manufacturer.

Note: If available always use hot water. Do not use hot water on wool carpet. If it is wool carpet, please use "Wool Safe" carpet solutions.

Note: You may add a Booster to have more cleaning power to your solution without increasing the PH.

You can also add deodorizer to get a great smell. Please check with your local supplier.

Step 4: Spray the area that you will be cleaning. Wet the entire carpet area that will be cleaned. Apply a little bit more on the spots.

Note: Use a good spray pump with a clean nozzle that can spray out clean.

Let it sit for 10-15 minutes for solution to break down the dirt and bring it to the top of the carpet fabric.

Note: You must wait for at least 10 minutes for dwell time.

Note: If the carpet is really dirty, try using the buffer/floor machine with bonnet pad and bonnet the carpet first before extracting. Make sure to have enough moisture on the bonnet pad and carpet to run the buffer without resisting. If the buffer is shaking, you need more moisture on to the pad or carpet.

Step 5: Dilute extraction solution into the tank as recommended by the manufacturer. Note: If available always use hot water.

Note: You may add the deodorizer into the solution tank with the extraction chemical.

Note: If you use solution that has a built in neutralizer in the extraction solution, you can avoid one more step of neutralizing the carpet later.

If you are not using extraction solution that has neutralizer in it, then you should pump spray the carpet solution neutralizer after extraction is completed.

Dilute neutralizer as recommended by the manufacturer into a spray pump and lightly mist the carpet.

Step 6: Use the wand to scrub and extract the carpet.

Note: Give extra attention to the spotted areas.

Note: Find the right angle of your wand to the floor for the maximum results.

Step 7: After extraction is completed, you can scotch guard the main traffic area. If you are not using extraction solution that has neutralizer in it, then you should pump spray the carpet solution neutralizer after extraction is completed first before spraying the scotch guard.

Dilute neutralizer as recommended by the manufacturer into a spray pump and lightly mist the carpet.

Dilute the scotch guard into a spray pump as recommended by the manufacturer.

Spray lightly over the heavy traffic area to be scotch guarded.

Edges do not have to be scotch guarded.

Step 8: Use the Air mover, to dry the carpet as soon as possible.

Step 9: Do not let anyone walk on the carpet for 3-4 hours until the carpet is completely dry.

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    • ekinternet profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      To: Carpet cleaning Bellevue WA

      Thank you for your comments. Yes, it is a very good idea to know what type of carpet your customer has it before attempting clean.

      Thank you,


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      carpet cleaning Bellevue WA 

      7 years ago

      Carpet cleaning is very important to maintain cleanliness in our home and to the durability of our carpet. Anyone for sure wants to learn the proper cleaning methods. However, carpets' fabrics are different. Before starting to clean, better define first the fabric so you'll know the right cleaning method.

    • ekinternet profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      To: Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning.

      Thank you for your positive comments!

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      Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning 

      7 years ago

      Very informative post on maintaining your carpets. Vacuuming is very key in keeping the dirt out of your carpets. The dirt particles will actually break down your carpet fibers and show a dark traffic pattern. The pre spray should have a low ph which will not leave a soapy residue. This is very important because leaving too much soap will attract dirt to the carpets very quick. IN my professional opinion I would have your carpets cleaned at least once a year and vacuum on a regular basis. Fabric protector is also important as it will prevent dirt from getting ground into the backing and pad.

      Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning

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      EK Internet 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. EK Internet

    • StonedColdTruth profile image


      7 years ago

      It amazes me people go out and spend thousands of dollars on new carpet, but do not know the proper way to clean it. Maybe they should come with instructions like this!


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