You may have a pet, or you may have children. Either way, there is a good chance that your carpet has some germs on it which is why our team at Pro Disinfection Services suggests cleaning it regularly.
There are plenty of ways to make sure that the germs don’t overtake your home and keep you from living in peace: disinfecting the carpet!
It takes a little bit of work, but it is worth it because we all want our homes clean.
This blog post will teach you how to get rid of those pesky germs by following these five tips!
Step 1: Vacuum The Carpet to Eliminate Dust and Debris
The first step in the disinfection process of your carpet is to use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust or debris.
This will help the carpet dry faster, preventing mold growth and fungi from growing on wet carpets.
Vacuuming is vital before washing your carpet, so it doesn’t get heavy with water, which can damage the carpet fibers.
When you vacuum your carpet, ensure you can cover a wide area, or you will just be moving dirt around.
Be sure to use your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment and turn it off for a while so the brush doesn’t spin when touching the carpet fibers.
Remember to throw out all the dirt, dust, and debris in the vacuum cleaner’s bag too so germs and other pathogens don’t contaminate your cleaning appliance.
Step 2: Choose a Mild Disinfecting Detergent
The second step is to choose a mild disinfecting detergent.
Before you head out to purchase one, be sure you check what kind of carpet you have, so you don’t end up with a cleaning detergent that will damage the fibers.
You can also use diluted bleach for carpets that are white since this doesn’t highly affect the carpet’s hue since they have the same shade, but be careful to read instructions and warnings for safety reasons.
Bleach is poisonous so take care not to come in contact with it or breathe in fumes from mixing it into water.
Use a mild, fragrance-free disinfectant liquid on your carpet–never use bleach for colored carpets or other harsh chemicals that could discolor them.
A third of disinfecting soap is usually enough; mix it with two-thirds water in a bucket and wet the entire surface of the rug.
Shampooing can also help to get germs and bacteria out by mixing them with water in a bucket.
Step 3: Disinfect Your Carpet
Once you’ve chosen a disinfecting detergent, you can now begin the process of disinfecting your carpet.
Start by taking your carpet and placing it into your washing machine.
There are different types of carpet so be sure you check out if yours is required to be hand washed.
After placing your carpet inside the washing machine, fill it up with cold water, and add your disinfecting detergent.
Turn on the machine to a low setting until your carpet is covered in soap bubbles.
If you have an agitator inside the washing machine, leave it turned off as this can damage some carpets.
Leave the machine running for about 30 minutes before turning off and letting the disinfectant soak into the carpet.
After the allotted time has passed, take your now-soaked carpet and place it outside in a large garbage bag or into a dryer.
Step 4: Dry Your Carpet to Kill Remaining Germs
After you’ve washed your carpet, place it into your dryer in a high setting that is still safe for your carpet.
Doing so will ensure to kill off any germ that may still be present in your carpet.
Heat is known to be an effective way to kill germs, especially those that are deep within the fibers of your carpet.
Once done, you can now use your carpet without any worries of germs that can make you and those around you sick!
The Final Words
We hope that you’ve learned something new and helpful from this blog post.
It can be difficult to make sure our carpet is clean, especially when we have so many other things on our plates.
But the benefits of a clean space are worth it!
If you need help getting your carpets back into shape or if you want some tips to avoid future problems with bacteria growth, give us a call today!