Guide to Deep Carpet Cleaning

March 13, 2024

girl and her dog make a dirty carpetHave you ever wondered about the steps involved in deep carpet cleaning? While regular carpet maintenance only requires frequent vacuuming and spot treatment as needed, carpets need a more thorough cleaning once or twice per year. This process can be extensive and is designed to get as close to the carpet backing as possible to remove all the dust and dirt that has found its way down there. For a step-by-step guide to deep carpet cleaning, take a look at our overview below!

Understanding the Deep Carpet Cleaning Process

While there’s no single “right” way to go about deep carpet cleaning, it is important to note the number of steps involved to take your carpet from dingy and drab to like new. These include the following:

1. Move furniture

To access every square inch of carpet in the room, you’ll need to move light furnishings such as lamps and coffee tables as well as heavier objects like couches and chairs. However, items that you never plan to relocate, such as shelves, can generally stay put.

2. Test for colorfastness

If you plan to use any carpet shampoos, detergents, or spot treatments, you’ll want to test for colorfastness on a small area of the carpet that is generally hidden by furniture. 

3. Vacuum

Next, break out the vacuum and get to work cleaning that top, shallow layer of carpet. Even if you vacuum regularly, it’s important to complete this step to ensure that areas usually covered by furnishings are reached.

4. Treat spots and stains

It’s generally best to apply spot remover prior to deep cleaning so it has time to sit and soak into the carpet.

5. Using a carpet cleaning machine

If you’re determined to deep clean your carpet on your own, you’ll need to rent or purchase a carpet cleaning machine. Most machines, including both steam cleaners and chemical cleaners, require several minutes to heat up.. Move slowly to allow the machine to work into the pile.

6. Dispose of wastewater

Discharged water must be filtered to remove carpet fibers prior to disposal. As long as the filtered liquid does not contain hazardous substances, it can be disposed of in the sink or toilet. If you are worried about the presence of hazardous substances, contact your local waste management facility to determine the proper disposal location.

7. Allow carpets to dry

Before you walk on them or bring your furniture back into the room, you need to allow your carpet to dry completely. Depending on the type of carpet cleaning machine you use, this could take several hours or even a few days. To decrease dry time, bring in oscillating fans and open the windows.

Avoid the Hassle of DIY Deep Carpet Cleaning with Chem-Dry

At Chem-Dry, we know that the DIY results many homeowners obtain when deep cleaning their carpets are less than satisfactory, especially when the amount of time and energy they’ve invested is taken into account. If you want to avoid disappointing results, including sticky, dirt-attracting residues, evidence of traffic lanes, and a crunchy texture, leave deep carpet cleaning to our experienced technicians. 

Rather than using conventional cleaning processes, such as steam cleaning or carpet shampooing, we have designed a more efficient approach called Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE). Our proprietary HCE process adeptly lifts stains and soil from deep within the carpet, all without the application of sudsy detergents or the use of large volumes of water. Not only will your carpet look revitalized, but it will also be dry in just a couple of hours. Instead of having a whole weekend taken up by deep carpet cleaning, your family can quickly return to your regular routine while enjoying all the advantages of thoroughly cleaned carpets.

To benefit from the deep carpet cleaning services offered by our professionals, call us at (800) CHEM-DRY today!