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How to clean carpets with steam? A Complete Guide

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Carpets are the perfect habitat for a wide range of allergens, bacteria and dust. What many people do not realise is that a seemingly clean carpet can hide a myriad of pathogens and pollutants that can affect air quality and even our health. Therefore, regular carpet cleaning is essential to maintain a healthy and clean home or office environment. In this article we will answer the most frequently asked questions about carpet cleaning.

What lurks in carpets and why is it so important to clean them on a regular basis?

Carpets are like a trap for dust and other allergens. Every day this trap collects dust, pet hair, food particles, dust mites and even mould. All of these can cause allergies, respiratory irritation and even more serious problems such as asthma. In addition, if neglected, carpets can become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs that can spread throughout the home. Regular carpet cleaning is therefore essential to eliminate these harmful substances and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

How often should a carpet be cleaned?

The frequency with which a carpet should be cleaned depends on a number of factors, including the amount of traffic in the area, the presence of pets, allergies, cigarette smoke and other sources of soiling. However, it is advisable to follow some general guidelines to keep your carpet clean and in good condition over time.

The first thing to consider is regular carpet cleaning. Vacuuming the carpet at least once a week is recommended to remove surface dirt, dust and other debris that can accumulate on a daily basis. In high-traffic areas or areas with pets, it may be necessary to vacuum more frequently, even daily. It is also advisable to have a deep carpet cleaning at least every 3-6 months. Deep and thorough carpet cleaning can be easily achieved with a steam cleaner. Deep cleaning helps to remove dirt and allergens trapped in the carpet fibres, maintaining a healthier and more hygienic environment.

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It is also important to act promptly in the event of accidental spills or stains on the carpet. Immediate carpet cleaning, again with a steam cleaner, possibly using a special herbal cleaner, can help prevent the formation of permanent stains and unpleasant odours. Finally, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on the condition of the carpet and to assess from time to time whether it needs to be cleaned more frequently, depending on the specific conditions in the home or workplace.

Carpet cleaning: how can it be done in an efficient way?

There are several methods of cleaning carpets, but not all of them are equally effective at removing allergens and harmful substances that lurk in the fibres. Traditional methods such as vacuuming and shampooing can be useful for removing surface dirt, but they often fail to penetrate deep into the fibres to eliminate more persistent bacteria. In addition, excessive use of chemicals can leave residue on the carpet, which can attract more dirt and affect indoor air quality.

How to clean carpet with steam?

Carpet cleaning with steam is a highly effective and safe method of removing dirt and allergens deep into the fibres. This method uses heated steam to penetrate the carpet fabric, loosening dirt and lifting allergens so they can be easily removed. The use of a quality steam cleaner, such as those developed by STI Steam Industry, is essential to achieve the best results. STI’s machines are designed to produce high temperature steam that can reach the deepest layers of the carpet. The hot steam removes not only dirt and allergens, but also bacteria and germs, helping to sanitise and disinfect the carpet.

The process of steam cleaning is relatively simple. After filling the steam tank with water, the machine is switched on and allowed to warm up until it emits a steady stream of steam. The cleaner head is then moved slowly over the carpet, concentrating on the dirtiest areas or those most prone to allergen build-up. The dry, saturated steam effectively removes dirt, allergens, bacteria and pathogens from the carpet fibres. To remove excess moisture, it is advisable to use a steam generator equipped with vacuum technology, so that the dirt and moisture generated by the steam can be removed from the carpet fibres.

I-Steam Mop, in particular, is an innovative and unique steam scrubber dryer, designed to easily connect to the steam generators of the STI Steam Industry “steam + suction” line. This accessory offers quick, effective and economical cleaning on large surfaces, both paved and carpeted. Equipped with three different brushes, suitable for all hard surfaces and carpets, the i-Steam Mop is powered by a powerful lithium battery, quickly rechargeable thanks to the included charger. Thanks to the use of steam instead of water and detergents, it avoids wasting resources and speeds up the drying of treated floors and carpets.

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In addition, steam carpet cleaning is an environmentally friendly solution as it does not require the use of chemical detergents that are harmful to the environment. It is also an ideal option for people with odour sensitivities or allergies, as it leaves no chemical residue that could cause unwanted reactions. STI’s new BugsBuster model from the new pest control line is ideal for cleaning carpets in accommodation such as hotels and bed and breakfasts. With its innovative technology specifically designed to eliminate annoying bed bugs, it will allow your customers to sleep soundly!

How to remove unpleasant odours from carpets?

Carpet is notorious for being a material that can easily accumulate unpleasant odours. Cleaning  carpets to eliminate these odours may seem like a challenge, but there are several effective strategies for doing so.

Vacuuming on a regular basis: A good starting point is to vacuum the carpet regularly. Vacuuming the entire surface, paying particular attention to the most heavily trafficked areas, can help remove surface dirt and odours.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is an effective natural remedy for removing odours from carpets. Simply sprinkle it evenly over the carpet, leave for at least 30 minutes (or overnight for stubborn odours) and then vacuum. Baking soda absorbs odours, leaving the carpet fresh and fragrant.

Steam cleaning: When previous solutions are not enough, steam carpet cleaning is a highly effective option. Steam cleaners with suction from STI Steam Industry not only remove coarse dirt, they also clean and rid the fibres of allergens and micro-organisms, eliminating bad odours and leaving the carpet fresh and sanitised.

If you want a deep and thorough cleaning of your carpet, the best method is to use a high-quality steam cleaner. This will not only ensure a pristine carpet, but also a safer and healthier environment for you and your family. Contact us for a free quote or to find out more about our steam cleaners!

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