Carpet should be deep cleaned (also known as steam cleaning) at least once every two years. A high-pressure solution of water and detergent is sprayed into the carpet, and then the resulting mixture is vacuumed out.

There are a variety of methods of deep cleaning, and hiring a professional to do the job is always advisable.

Many homeowners, however, prefer the do-it-yourself approach using rented cleaning machines. If you are steam-cleaning your own carpet, here’s a few pointers to remember:

  • Don’t overwet the carpet, since it might cause the carpet backing or seams to separate.
  • Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it – 12 hours is recommended.
  • Provide proper ventilation or use fans to quickly dry the carpet and expel any odours from the cleaning solution.
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