Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning

  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 250-400
What You'll Need
Hot water extractor (steam cleaner)

Hot water extraction carpet cleaning is the most effective method of cleaning carpets. This method is preferred by all of the major carpet manufacturers in the world. Not only does it clean the carpets thoroughly, it also helps to keep the carpets texture intact. Many people choose to have their carpets professionally cleaned in this manner. However, you can also do it yourself with the proper knowledge. Here are the basics of how to use hot water extraction to clean your carpet.

Step 1--Get a Hot Water Extractor

In order to perform this technique, you will have to get a hot water extractor or steam cleaner. You could choose to purchase one of these units if you plan on doing this frequently. However, you can also rate these units from hardware stores or some of the big box stores. In most cases, you are required to perform this cleaning once every 18 months in order to maintain your carpet warranties. Therefore, in most situations, it makes sense to rent this equipment from someone instead of purchase it.

Step 2--Familiarize Yourself with the Equipment

Once you rent or purchase the equipment, you need to familiarize yourself with it. There are several mistakes that people could potentially make with this type of equipment. Therefore, you need to get out the instruction book and read it in order to use the equipment properly. You might try moving it around on a "dry run" before actually using it to clean the carpets. This will help you become familiar with how the steam cleaner moves and become more comfortable with it.

Step 3--Clean Out the Room

Before starting the cleaning process, you need to thoroughly clean out the room that you plan on cleaning. This works best if you can completely remove the furniture from the room. You also need to pick up any debris, trash, or personal belongings that are in the room.

Step 4--Vacuum the Floor

Once the room is cleared, you need to use a vacuum to remove as much dirt as possible. By using a vacuum, you can easily remove excess dirt that is on top of the carpet. This will make the steam cleaned process go that much faster and easier for you. Vacuums will only be able to get dirt that is located on top of the carpet and the steam cleaner will be used to get the dirt that is below the surface of the fiber.

Step 5--Use the Hot Water Extractor

After vacuuming, you are free to begin using the hot water extractor. You will have to fill the reserve tank with hot water from your tap. Turn on the hot water extractor and then slowly go over the surface of the carpet. Use a steady, even motion to cover every bit of the carpet in the room.

Step 6--Allow to Dry

Before walking on the carpet, you need to allow time for it to dry. Setting up fans around the room can help move the air and dry out the carpet quicker for you.