A common thing amongst carpets is how they get walked upon by people who bring dirt from outside, which would normally fall deep into the fiber of your carpet – no matter the quality. Basically, a carpet extractor is a cleaning mechanism that extracts dirt and dust particles by cleaning the fibers of a carpet, leaving it clean and hygienic.
Why do you use a carpet extractor?
Having a carpet in homes can beautify domestic and commercial environments; it is a warm, colorful and attractive floor covering and adds to the beauty of a workspace or room. This is why people can't just stop walking on it, and the result; it loses the attractiveness over time. But to maintain your carpet, you obviously have to clean with an excellent vacuum cleaner.
Using a vacuum cleaner is a vital part in a carpet cleaning process, but with time as more residue pile on the carpet, it starts getting sticky and oily which makes it difficult if just using a vacuum cleaner. The reason is that carpets are made up of threaded fibers, which are knotted and attached at the back of the material. Okay, the carpet making process is way more complicated than that simple explanation, but just know that there are several kinds of knot down to the length, and density that forms the carpet. Each carpet varies in knot size and length.
What you can take from this note is that the use of carpet extractor using the right chemicals can be beneficial to any kind of carpet out there, you can also use it for both spot cleaning and general carpet cleaning to remove stains that would normally require a deep clean.
Now that we have an idea of why carpet extractors are used, let’s find out how they can work on carpets.
How does a carpet extractorwork?
Carpet extractors work by utilizing a mixture of hot/warm water with a cleaning chemical which is used on the carpet and moved deeper into the pile. The mixture then extracts the dirt particles buried deep in the pile, and then the resultant mixture is vacuumed up by the extractor into the body of the extractor and stored for disposal. That’s not all to handling a carpet extractor, you’d have to understand the constituents of the carpet, so you can make the right choice of chemical for the task.
What type of carpet extractor can I use?
A portable carpet extractor is excellent for areas using small carpets, where it’s difficult to manoeuver and needs consistent cleaning. The advantage of this kind of carpet extractor is the portability and availability to use when needed.
Is there any other type of carpet extractor apart from portable ones? Yeah, you guessed right. Larger carpet extractors are mostly used on wider carpet areas, with a combination of operation that handles both large and small areas. They can come handy, especially ones that come with free chemicals.
Note: Almost all carpet extractors come with an upholstery feature that allows you to clean your upholsteries and also stains on your carpet. Since the time it takes for the solution to get dried is short, they also can be used to clean sofas and chairs, and even your car seats.
Now to the fun part
How do you use a carpet extractor?
But wait! Most people think using a carpet extractor is pretty simple. All you have to do would be to load the machine with the cleaning solution mixed with water then turn it on and boom you’re set? Well if only it were that simple
As was stated earlier, they are different kinds of carpet and knowing the type of carpet you use it on, is one sweet spot to be in if you want the cleaning experience to be actually easy as you think. When you know what kind of carpet you're using, you can optimize on the cleaning solution you use, the correct temperature to use with the solution so you don't shrink the fibers (only applicable to carpets using natural fibers) if the solution is hot.
If you’ve identified the kind of carpet you’re using, then simply follow the simple steps below:
• Remove any objects that would interfere with the cleaning of your carpet, can be furniture, then you want to vacuum the carpet thoroughly before using the extractor.
• Then once your carpet is vacuumed, you load the tank with the cleaning solution at the right temperature (depending on your carpet type).
• After setting up the carpet extractor, plug the machine, turn on both pumps (solution & vacuum motor) and then you press the appropriate button to start cleaning. You can start by walking backward as you pull the machine in the same direction. Apply more solution as needed.
• Once the pump is full if the extracted dirty solution, empty down in your toilet and rinse properly, then refill and repeat. If you’re satisfied with the results you’re getting. Open up the windows in your room for cross-ventilation
• Allow the carpet to dry before moving in the furniture back to their position. I recommend waiting for about 12 – 24 hours
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