by Karen Bates
(last updated February 21, 2011)
It is a great feeling knowing that an area is perfectly clean. With regular cleaning, surfaces such as counters, cabinets, sinks, and floors can stay looking great. Sometimes thoug, things that appear to be clean still harbor germs and dirt.
Carpet is a surface that is vulnerable to collecting dust, dirt, dust mites, germs, and debris, and even if vacuumed often this alone may not be enough. Even with vigilant vacuuming, there can still be unwanted things building up in your carpet. Not only can this be unhealthy, but it can also cause stains and spots that are difficult to remove.
To help solve this problem, you will need the proper tools. Of course, vacuuming regularly is important, but on top of that you will probably need to have your carpet cleaned once in a while. By using a carpet-cleaning machine, you can give the carpet a deep-cleaning and remove things that vacuuming can't. Depending on the amount of traffic, you may want to have the carpet cleaned once a year or more.
You can either rent or purchase carpet cleaning machines to use, and which way you choose depends on your needs. These machines can be expensive, but if your situation calls for a lot of carpet cleaning, you might want to consider spending the money. If you only need to clean a somewhat small area of carpet once in a while, renting a machine when needed is probably best for you.
There are a few types of carpet cleaning machines. One of the most popular is the shampooer, or steam cleaner. A carpet shampooer washes the carpet fibers deeply with water and special carpet shampoo, agitating the dirt out of the carpet and sucking up the excess moisture. This method of cleaning requires some time to dry, so you will need to take this into account when planning your cleaning. You will also need certain soaps, shampoos, and other supplies for the job.
Most commercial-type carpet cleaners are fairly large, but some are available for use in your home. These machines are smaller and less expensive than their larger counterparts, although they may not be as capable of a deep cleaning. Still, they are a good solution if you need a carpet cleaning tool available.
Carpet cleaning machines do a great job of removing dirt and dust that are lodged deep in your carpet fibers. It is good for your carpet to receive a regular cleaning to help prevent more build-up.
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