Carpets provide your home with an attractive and sound-reducing comfort that you can keep looking great for years with the right care. Here are some recommendations to help you clean your carpets for an improved and attractive home appearance.

Complete Preparation Work

Before you get to work cleaning your carpets with a carpet cleaning system or a professional service, you should vacuum the area to pull up dust, dirt, and dander that will easily come up. If you simply begin the carpet cleaning of your carpets, any existing dust and dirt will turn into a muddy substance within the carpet and make the cleaning process more difficult. It is easier to lift out dry contaminants before applying the cleaning solution to remove residues, odors, and other substances that need a steam cleaning process to get clean.

Run your vacuum over the carpets in one direction and then in the other direction, and use the edging tool to clean along the sides of your carpeting next to the walls. This will also pull up hair and pet fur that you don't want clogging the carpet cleaning machine. Vacuuming first will reduce the amount of time and effort it will take to adequately clean your carpets with the cleaning machine.

Treat Stains

Your carpet will likely have spots from pet stains, food and drink spills, or grease transfer. These types of stains can be difficult to remove from your carpeting, but with a good stain removal product, you can lift them so little or no stains will remain. If the stains are old, you will need to treat them before you clean the carpets. It is a good idea to treat them the night before and let them sit overnight. 

Mix up a baking soda and water paste and apply it onto the stained carpet fibers. Work it around so all the fibers are coated, and scrub at the stain. Cover the treated area with a damp towel to keep the moisture from drying out. You can also find professional-strength spot treatment solutions or ask your carpet cleaning professional for a solution to use.

Choose the Right Method

After you have completed all the prep work to clean your home carpets, you can select the right type of cleaning process. There are many types of cleaning methods, from dry cleaning to steam cleaning. Steam cleaning is a good option that will help reduce the amount of moisture that is left in your carpets and will allow them to dry more quickly. Your carpet cleaning professional can recommend a superb cleaning process to protect and restore your home's carpet.

To learn more, contact a carpet cleaning professional.