Like any other tool, a steam cleaner can only do its job when it is being utilized to its absolute best. That is why I have decided to give you a little tutorial today on the proper way of cleaning your carpet with a steam cleaner. For some of you advanced users, I think that I will probably be covering some steps that you already know. That’s alright because today, this guide is for those who are just starting to use a steam cleaner or who have poured over steam cleaner reviews and are looking to buy one for the first time.
Step One: Pick A Time When The Floor Can Dry Quickly
You really don’t want to begin steam cleaning your carpet on a whim. You want to plan the proper time for it. That way, you can get the best results possible from the entire process. First, you want to pick a day that is not too humid. If the air is too humid, then it will take forever for the carpet to dry. Second, you want to pick a time of the day when there isn’t going to be a lot of foot traffic. After all, you don’t want people to walk over your floor – and leave a bunch of dirty tracks – before it has a chance to fully dry.
Step Two: Use The Proper Cleaning Solution
While many steam cleaners don’t require any cleaning solution at all, and should be used without it, there are ones that do or ones where its use is optional. If this is the case, then be sure to pick one with a PH of 10 or less. Solutions with a PH of over 10 may negatively affect the color of your carpet.
One of the best steam cleaner tips I’ve received in this area is to use vinegar as the cleaning solution. Vinegar has a PH of between 2.5 to 4.0 and is safe to use in most machines. It also does a fantastic job of cleaning the carpet, especially when paired with baking soda. Read your owners manual and simply substitute the recommended amount of solution with vinegar. It really works great.
Step Three: Vacuum The Carpet
Move all of the furniture out of the room, and I do mean all of it, and then use your favorite vacuum to thoroughly clean the area. When you are done doing this, then you can fill your steam cleaner up and get it started heating.
Step Four: Follow Cleaning With A Rinse
The solutions used in steam machines are meant to attract dirt to them, and to that end they work great. But did you know that if you leave this solution on the carpet, then it will continue to perform this same job and attract dirt to the carpet? Well, it does and that is why it is so important to run the steam cleaner again using nothing but plain water. This will ensure there isn’t any cleaning solution lingering around in your carpet.
Step Five: Speed Up The Process
After you have finished cleaning, you can now turn on the air conditioner and any fans you have to speed the drying process along. Also, if you have a dehumidifier, then you should turn that on as well. This will significantly reduce drying time.