Unlike vacuuming, shampooing your carpet can be a more effective way to deep clean its surface and extend its lifespan. More importantly, the process is very simple and straightforward, and doesn’t require complicated tools. In this guide, we’ll show you how to shampoo carpet by hand and give your carpet a refresh.
How to Shampoo Carpet By Hand
Before shampooing the carpet, make sure to move all of the items and furniture out of the cleaning space or to one part of the room. This will prevent water from penetrating into these units and potentially producing mold or mildew.
Vacuum the space thoroughly to remove debris, dust balls, hair, or dirt. This also fluffs up the carpet, making it more effective to shampoo. During this process, look for any stains which require pre-treatment before starting.
Apply a stain remover on the affected area and let it sit anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. After that, use a wet towel to blot the stains.
Fill a container or bucket with clean water, then add carpet soap and mix thoroughly. Make sure to choose a type of soap which is specially designed for carpets. Read the labels to know the right amount of soap that you should add.
Apply the water and soap solution onto the entire carpet surface, then use a brush to clean it. Start with the corners and make strips. Make sure the new light is slightly overlapped with the old ones. Avoid using random patterns because this method doesn’t require to pull back and forth. Also, do not rub too hard to avoid damaging the fibers.
Clean the entire carpet’s surface a second time, but only with cold water (no soap). Since you can easily leave some dirty water and soap behind during the brushing process, a second phase will help get rid of any remaining dirt and soap residue. You would have to move a little bit quicker on this step than you did in the first one. Also, take off your socks and shoes so that you do not leave any dirt on your freshly cleaned carpets.
Allow the carpets to fully dry before moving furniture and items back in the space. It often takes anywhere from 6 to 10 hours for the surfaces to dry, depending on the size of your room and the thickness of your carpets. To
speed up the process, open all of the windows to allow for better air circulation or turn on the blowers and fans.
If you place your furniture back on a wet surface, it might result in bad indentations and create an ideal environment for mildew to build up. If there are many members in your family, consider hanging a sign to tell other people to stay away from the shampooed areas.
There are many alternatives to how to clean your carpets. One of the simplest ways to clean up an unexpected mess is to do it yourself with things you already have at home.