The Best Carpet Cleaning Method

When spots and dirt can be noticed even after vacuuming, it is time to do a thorough cleaning, which may require specific products and cleaning agents to get the job done. Spot cleaning and steam cleaning are among the best methods for maintaining your carpet.

Spot Cleaning

To quickly remove spots from the carpet be sure to attend to them quickly.  Apply a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and rubbing alcohol, and scrub lightly in a circular motion.

Repeat if necessary, and pat to dry. 

Steam Cleaning

This method is especially helpful for those who suffer from asthma or allergies, as most fungi, dust mites and viruses can be removed with steam. 

Professional Steam Cleaning

The advantages to enlisting a professional are faster drying times due to higher powered extraction equipment, and expert advice for working with different carpet textures and fabrics. 

Home Cleaning Machines

Home cleaning machines are popular because cleaning can be done fairly easily, whenever necessary.  The most effective machines will have a good deal of suction power and a clean water rinse feature (see Resources).

Spot Machines

If spot cleaning is a ritual due to pet stains or active children, a popular spot cleaning machine may be useful.  These machines are compact and designed to clean a particular area in just minutes (see Resources).

About the Author

A health-care professional for more than 10 years, Rica Lewis has obtained numerous certifications in the industry. In 2006 she began channeling her knowledge into health-related articles for print and online publications. Her work has appeared in "Metroparent Magazine," "Anew Heart Healthcare Magazine" and community newspapers. Lewis earned a diploma from LongRidge Writers Institute.