How To Shampoo Carpeting

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Just a few simple actions and you’ll have spotless, dust-free carpets.

Our carpets suffer as a result of your hectic, active lifestyles. The everyday foot traffic, as well as the spills and stains, ensure that they will need to be cleaned on a frequent basis. The good news is that a hot water extractor, a machine developed specifically for deep restorative carpet cleaning, can tackle deeply buried filth and grime to maintain carpets as spotless as the rest of the décor.

Of all the devices available to households for cleaning carpets with industrial shampoo, including shampooing machines and buffers with solution-moistened pads, hot water extractor models are today’s gold standard for a deeper, longer-lasting clean.

When applied once or twice a year on discolored and highly soiled synthetic carpets, hot water combined with a suitable shampooing chemical may remove even the most tenacious stains such as ketchup, coffee, wine, pet pee, and ink.

It is crucial to note that, while the industry frequently compares hot water extraction to steam cleaning, the two are totally distinct cleaning processes. A steam cleaner, you guessed it, utilizes steam in addition to the shampoo. Steam cleaning, according to critics, may actually exacerbate stains and damage carpet fibers, therefore it is more commonly advised for hard surfaces. In contrast, hot water extraction pushes a mixture of heated (but not nearly steaming) water and carpet shampoo deep into the carpet. The solution and filth are subsequently removed from the carpet, resulting in clean fibers and a clean carpet foundation.

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How To Shampoo Carpeting

Aquare A Machine

The first order of business is to obtain the necessary equipment. The decision of whether to rent or buy a hot water extractor is based on your anticipated consumption. Prices range from around $200 to $4,000 for larger, more powerful versions, depending on the bells and whistles included (view example on Amazon). For most customers who only have one day to complete the work, renting is the most cost-effective choice. Renting a machine from a large home improvement store will ly cost around $30 each day, or $116 per like.

Whether you rent or buy, make sure to use a machine that has been certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). The CRI, which represents carpet producers across the country, evaluates machines for efficacy, and those that pass are designated with a bronze, silver, or gold accreditation.

Pay close attention to the instructions once you’ve decided on a cleaning gadget. Use only professional carpet shampoo that has received the CRI mark of certification, and make sure it is compatible with your extractor. In order to make the cleaning solution stronger, do not add any additional chemicals to the mix or dilute it too much.

Clean The Room

Clear the room so that as much carpet as possible is exposed before turning on the extractor. Spend some time noticing and addressing tiny difficult spots with a stain removal spray. Depending on the product, the cleaner is sprayed directly on the stain and then vacuumed or wiped with a clean cloth.


Before you bring in the heavy Iapons, run your beloved vacuum cleaner over the entire open space. This will remove any loose dirt, gravel, or sand that has been tracked inside the house. At the same time, vacuuming will fluff the carpet fibers and remove debris that has become lodged deep inside, making your cleaning effort far more successful.

Start To Shampoo

A good pre-shampoo vacuuming will also allow you to detect and pick up those small objects, such as rubber bands, hair accessories, and paper clips, that can block the hot water extractor and derail your cleaning efforts.

A simple hot water extractor is a two-tank self-contained device. One tank contains clean water that has been combined with professional carpet shampoo. As you shampoo carpets, the other fills full with nasty wastewater. Fill the clean water tank with the precise amount of water and carpet shampoo provided, strictly according to measurement instructions. Do not use more shampoo than recommended since it will not break down properly and will leave a residue on the carpet that will serve as a dirt magnet.

Test the hot water extractor on an inconspicuous corner before exposing the complete carpet to any chemical solution to ensure the carpet wash solution will not alter the color or harm the surface.

Hot water should not be used to clean natural fabrics since it shrinks and destroys the fibres. Fill the machine with cold water instead of hot water for wool rugs. Only use hot water on synthetic carpet.

To avoid flooding the carpet with extra water, do not hold the water release button down constantly, but rather push occasionally. Drowning the carpet would surely lengthen the drying process and may result in mold concerns later on.

Continue working from one wall to the next until the removed water seems clean. As needed, empty the wastewater tank and replenish the clean water tank with solution.


The length of time it takes for carpets to dry after shampooing with a hot water extractor is determined by the size of the room, the kind of carpet, the thickness of the padding, the quantity of filth removed, and the ventilation. Some experts anticipate a drying period of 4 to 6 hours for an average-sized room with excellent ventilation, but carpets can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to up to 24 hours to dry completely. When wood furniture comes into touch with damp carpeting, dyes from the wood stain can be discharged into the carpet, leaving permanent stains or even carpet mold.

If you just leased the hot water extractor for one day and have a whole house full of filthy carpets to clean, time is of importance. While one room is drying, empty the wastewater tank, refill the clean water tank with diluted carpet shampoo, and proceed to the next.


When you are certain that the carpet pile is completely dry, use the vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining cleaning residue (remember: dirt magnet). All that remains is for you to enjoy the clean results of your effort!

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