A carpet shampooer cleans the carpet nap by shampooing it with a special type of strong shampoo made for carpet fibers. It also lifts up tough dirt and can remove deep stains. It is recommended for your carpets once every few years.
The first thing to do when beginning your carpet shampooing is to set up the machine. Place it in the center of the room to be cleaned. Make sure there is enough cord to reach every corner of the room. Also, measure the length of two adjoining walls and multiply the measurements together to come up with a square footage. The carpet shampoo machine can then be prepared for use.
Adding the Shampoo
Each shampooer has an industrial grade shampoo used for carpets. It must be added at the right ratio to the machine. On the shampoo bottle, which comes separately, read how much shampoo is to be added per gallon of water. Then check the measurements on the carpet shampoo machine's tank. It will have lines and numbers indicating how many gallons the tank holds. Decide how much water you are going to add based on the square footage of the room. If the machine cleans 100 square feet per gallon, and your room is 250 square feet, you will have to add 2.5 gallons. Pour the liquid into the tank, and then fill with warm water.
Operating the Machine
Once the machine is filled and ready for use, plug the machine into an outlet and turn on the power switch. The machine will start to run immediately, however the foaming action will take several minutes to begin. Once you see the foam under the machine, you can start cleaning. Draw the machine backward over the carpet very slowly to allow the foam to penetrate the carpet nap. For very heavy naps you will want to move more slowly. For thin nap carpet, move the machine a little faster. Push the machine backward and forward to shampoo the carpet.
Be careful not to overdo it when carpet shampooing. A common problem is over wetting the carpet by holding the machine too long in one place. If the carpet becomes too soggy after a pass and water is visible in the nap, move the machine faster over the carpet. This reduces wetting and will more efficiently clean the carpet. Also, a carpet shampooer will often leave dirt and residue behind so a thorough vacuuming is required after the carpet is fully dried. Wait at least one full day (or 24 hours) before attempting to vacuum the carpet, then vacuum it more thoroughly than you normally would.
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