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Tips for cleaning carpet

March 26, 2014
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Carpet and upholstery cleaning is as important as any other phase of professional detailing. How you go about it could cost you time and money. There are several questions that come to mind when approaching the soiled carpeting of a vehicle. Some of the first questions asked should be:

  • What are the expectations of the customer?
  • Is the work for a car dealer or the public?
  • Is it an express detail or full detail?

With an express detail the service may consist of a vacuum and spot cleaning of the carpets. For a full detail, you may be removing seats, spotting the carpets, scrubbing, steaming and extracting. There are several methods, tools, products and equipment for cleaning and deodorizing carpets and upholstery.

Tools

The following tools are necessary:

  • Carpet shampoo;
  • Solvent cleaners;
  • Air freshener;
  • Odor eliminating product;
  • Defoaming agent;
  • Carpet brush;
  • Cyclo cleaner;
  • Vacuum;
  • Steamer; and
  • Extractor.

The use of these tools are suggested for the fastest and best results.

Methods

What causes most carpet and upholstery problems? Water leaks, pet urine, grease, food spills, paint etc., are the common causes of carpet stains.

There are several methods to clean this type of soiled carpeting, but here are some of the most common and effective ways to remedy the situation:

Hand cleaning method: Use carpet brush, carpet shampoo, solvent or all purpose cleaner to scrub and clean area. Blot oily stains. Repeat blotting as necessary.

Various methods will be discussed in more detail in next week's Technical Tip.

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