The vast majority of the New Zealand population has carpeting somewhere in their homes. Despite the widespread use of carpet as a viable flooring material, you would be shocked and amazed to know how few people really know how to properly care for their carpet. The danger of this is the fact that unclean carpets are not only unsightly in appearance; they also breed germs, cultivate bacteria, and are a health hazard. Perhaps this article can help you properly care for your carpet so that it can be as clean as you believe it to be.
Almost every home in New Zealand has carpets or rugs in at least one room. With this type of floor covering being so popular, it is surprising that more home owners are totally unaware of how to look after and clean their carpet. Dirty carpeting and rugs not only look awful, but are a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish, germs to multiply, and allergens to build to the point of irritation and ill health. Even if your carpet looks clean on top, it likely has ground in, deep down dirt and dust that has been there for years.
What Type of Carpet Do You Have?
The initial step to decipher how best to clean your carpet is to find out what type it actually is. Is the carpet made of wool, plant fibers, silk or synthetics? Each one is cleaned differently using different detergents and products. An example of this is that wool can never be cleaned with any heated products or machines, and no bleach can ever be applied. You need to be aware of this if your carpet is wool, otherwise you may cause irreparable damage when trying to clean it.
Carpet Cleaning Products
In addition to the many materials that carpets are made of, there are also many different cleaning materials on the market for the cleaning of carpet. Carpet cleaning is not simply wetting the carpet down then wicking up the moisture. Carpet cleaning involves the gentle removal of deeply embedded dirt. The need to be both gentle and thorough is what often causes the most difficulty when it comes to properly cleaning carpet.
Hot Water Carpet Cleaning
The hot water extraction method is a prime example of a method that is highly effective for most carpet cleaning needs. Although for reasons mentioned above this is not a recommended method for the cleaning of wool carpets it is a viable alternative for the cleaning of other carpet materials. In this method, which is also referred to as steam cleaning, heat is used in order to suspend dirt particles that have become embedded in the carpet. Then a cleaning agent is injected into the pile for the purpose of removing those particles. Heat and fans are used to quickly and effectively dry the carpet after this method is applied (be sure to check with your service to make sure this is included or find the cost of adding it as it is much favorable to waiting around for the carpet to dry).
Dry Cleaning Your Carpet
If the wet method isn't for you or you have wool carpet, you may want to consider the dry extraction method for carpet cleaning. This method engages the use of chemicals in order to accomplish without water what was accomplished with water before. After the foam dries or once the powder has set a powerful vacuum is used in order to remove the particles of dirt and detergent at the same time.