How to Steam-Clean Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet
  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 150-350
What You'll Need
Steam cleaner

Berber Carpets look fantastic, but they really can take some looking after to remain in their best possible condition. Cleaning your Berber carpet will be much easier if you have a steam cleaner. Steam cleaning any carpet is one of the best ways of cleaning it quickly and effectively. This technique is suitable for any type of carpet, you should clean your carpet every three months to keep it in the best condition possible.

Step 1 - Preparing the Carpet

Firstly you will need to prepare the carpet by vacuuming it, you need to do this properly so that there are no loose fibers left on your carpet. You should never do steam cleaning on any carpet which hasn't been properly vacuumed.

Make sure that you're aware you won't be able to stand on the carpet again until it is dry. This means that you need to give it some thought when choosing the time you can clean the carpet. It would be ideal to clean it just before you go away on holiday or out for the day.

Step 2 - Filling the Steam Cleaner

Next you need to get the steam cleaner ready for use. To do this you need to fill the reservoir with water and turn everything on. Make sure that it's powered on and is generating the steam as it should be. You should never use any form of carpet shampoo on a Berber carpet, instead you should only use water in your steam cleaner.

Carpet shampoo is too severe and could cause damage to your carpet. You must only use plain water which is then heated to produce steam.

Step 3 – Steaming Ahead

You should divide your carpet up into small 3 foot square sections so that you can concentrate on cleaning a small area of carpet at a time. This will ensure that you get the best results possible.

Now work on each individual 3 foot square section. It's a good idea to start at the far end of the room and work backwards towards the door. This will mean that you don't have to stand on the carpet when it is still wet.

Steam cleaners appear to work very quickly however for these to have the best results you need to allow about 30 seconds per 3 foot square. This will ensure that your carpet isn't just wet, but that the steam penetrates deep inside the fibers and cleans out even the most stubborn stains.

Step 4 - Cleaning up

You now need to clean the steam cleaner away and get rid of the waste water. You should refrain from standing on the carpet again until it is completely dry. Berber carpets have a much thicker pile and that means that they will take longer than a normal carpet to dry. If any stains or marks remain in your carpet then it might require a repeat treatment, different attachments can be used to concentrate on stubborn stains.