How To Use a Carpet Extractor

Few things add as much comfort to your office or living room as a carpet on the floor. But while plush carpeting can make walking and pacing a comfort, they are also very difficult to clean. Vacuuming can help in removing most dust and dirt that seeps into the carpet material, but eventually you will need to thoroughly clean your carpet. To do this, a carpet extractor is the best helper. This device can be rented out in the local hardware shop or even grocery store. For the heavy duty cleaning of large tracts of carpet, an industrial strength carpet extractor provided by janitorial rentals firms is the way to go. Here are the steps to using your carpet extractor.

  1. Tackle the trouble areas. A carpet cleaner extractor works best with deep-seated dirt. While a vacuum extractor will give your carpet a thorough cleaning, it is still important to make sure that large dirt parts are removed first by running a regular vacuum pump cleaner through the carpet. If there are food stains, try to wipe these off using soap and detergent mixed with water to make carpet cleaning easier later on.
  2. Prepare the cleaning solution. Prepare the extractor by placing the appropriate cleaning solution in the correct tank. There are many types of extractors, such as the blackhead extractor, the screw extractor, and the oil extractor. Depending on the type and the size of the device that you will use, the water and cleaning solution tank can accommodate up to 40 gallons of liquid. For large scale cleaning, it is best to use larger devices that will not require too frequent water and cleaning solution refills.
  3. Run the extractor. Once the correct amount of cleaning solution and water has been prepared in accordance with the instructions on the detergent's packaging, it is time to connect the machine to a power source. Turn on the machine and run over the floor in vertical lanes. For a thorough cleaning, the machine should pass through each horizontal lane in a 90 degree angle. Alternate the direction of the angle for each lane to create a cross hatch pattern that will ensure that the edge of each lane is cleaned as well.
  4. Rinse. Rinsing the soapy solution off of your carpet will require you to rinse the carpet using the built in rinsing mechanism in the carpet extractor. Be sure to use fresh water for rinsing. Check the consistency of the fluid being extracted from the carpet. A good indicator that the carpet is already well-rinsed is when the water being extracted is clear.
  5. Dry and dehumidify. Carpets will not dry by themselves. Because they are left on the floor and since they cannot be hung out in the sun or fitted inside conventional dryers, you will need to use carpet fans that will blow massive amounts of air over the carpet. The air will pick up water molecules and facilitate quicker drying for your carpet. Use a dehumidifier to remove the excess water vapor in the air. The air will become even more humid if you are using hot water carpet extractors. Be sure to use a dehumidifier for this.

To help you choose which carpet extractor is best for your home or office, check cleaning reviews. If you cannot perform the cleaning yourself, there are janitorial services ready to take on the job for you. With these steps, getting your carpet to the pristine state it had the first time it was installed on your floor is easy.


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