If you want to to steam clean your carpet with a rented machine like a rug doctor or a carpet cleaning machine you already own, you need to make sure you use the right soap to water ratio. I repeat it is very important that you use the right soap to water ratio because you if do not rinse the soap out of the carpet the soil that is tracked in from outside will stick to the soap that is left in your carpet. After a couple of weeks your carpet will start to turn black and probably look worse then it did before you cleaned your carpet.
The traffic lanes will start to show your carpet needs cleaning first. The best way to reduce the traffic lanes from being heavily soiled is to use place mat's and to vacuum on a regular basis, because the soil will scratch the fiber which will make your carpet look dull.
To clean your own carpet use the right ratio of soap to water in you carpet cleaning machine. Start from one side of your room and work to the other side of the from. Make sure you don't over wet the carpet because you might cause your carpet to have discoloration or your carpet might shrink. Also if you use to much water on your carpet you run the risk of your backing to separate from the fibers. Make sure you rinse out all of the soap that's why you don't want to put a lot of preconditioner in the machine. If you clean under your furniture make sure you put plastic pieces under your legs of your furniture. If you don't put plastic under the legs the finish will strip off and stain your carpet. If the legs on your furniture are metal it will leave rust stains on your carpet.
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