How to Clean Carpet Tiles

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Cleaning carpet tiles is even easier than cleaning plain, old carpet. After all, when you have a problem with your carpet, you cannot lift it off the floor and take it to the sink for a more thorough treatment. With carpet tiles, you have many options thanks to their hardy nature and easy insertion and removal processes. You will likely never have to invest in steam cleaning with carpet tiles because they are so easy to clean that you will not have to wait to deal with stains and similar problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Small sticky notes
  • Spray bottle
  • Carpet shampoo
  • Cleaning rags
  • Mild detergent
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Vacuum the entire area. This will pick up dust and dirt which might otherwise turn into problematic mud when you start cleaning up specific stains. When you are vacuuming, remove the tiles around the edge of the room, and vacuum them separately so that you do not have a thin line of dirt around the edge of the room where the vacuum will not reach.

  • Target your problem areas. Use sticky notes to mark areas that need additional work. This will help to ensure that you don't miss anything while you're working. Problem areas are areas with major soiling, crusted spills or generally excessive wear.

  • Mix a cleaning solution. Combine 3 cups of water and 1/4 cup of mild detergent iin a spray bottle. Once the lid is on tightly, shake it up to mix it.

  • Scrape any crusted materials off the carpet. This will minimize the actual scrubbing you have to do and will also lessen the likelihood that your cleaning will exacerbate the problem rather than fix it.

  • Remove the problem tiles from the area. Carpet tiles fit into place much like a jigsaw puzzle. Pull them out by grabbing the edges and lifting. They will leave a neat hole.

  • Treat the carpet tiles' stains. Spray them with the mild detergent mixture, or use pre-purchased carpet shampoos. Blot and dab the stains with the cleaning rags. If you have a serious issue, scrub with the nylon brush. Only scrub, however, if everything else has failed.

  • Rinse the carpet tiles thoroughly. Use clean, saturated cleaning rags to make sure all the detergent or soap is gone. You can also rinse the carpet tiles in the sink.

  • Let the tiles dry completely. It is very important not to put damp tiles back into your carpet because this can cause mold and mildew. You can hasten the drying process with a hair dryer, but usually simply placing the tiles in a warm, dry place for several hours should do the trick.

  • Replace the carpet tiles. Put them back into place by lowering them into the spots they left and pushing down the edges so the carpet is perfectly even.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test detergents and carpet shampoos on a small, unnoticeable area of your carpet to make sure they will not bleach your carpet.

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