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How to Deep Clean Your Carpet

Deep-cleaning your carpet can offer benefits including getting rid of dust mites and allergens. Not to mention dirt.


  • Step 1: Vacuum Vacuum your carpet thoroughly.
  • Step 2: Apply a cleaner Apply a traffic-lane cleaner to areas of the carpet that are stained or heavily soiled with grease, oil, and dirt.
  • Step 3: Deep clean Clean the carpet with a deep-cleaning machine, following the manufacturer's instructions. The deep cleaner forces a mixture of cleaning solution and water deep into the carpet while vacuuming out the dirt and liquid.
  • TIP: As an alternative to purchasing a deep-cleaning machine, consider renting one.
  • Step 4: Dry carpet Allow the carpet to dry. Although the deep-cleaning machine will extract most of the moisture from your carpet, it will still take several hours to dry coompletely.
  • FACT: James W. Spangler received the first U.S. patent for an electric vacuum cleaner in 1908.

You Will Need

  • Carpet
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Traffic-lane cleaner
  • Deep-cleaning machine
  • Manufacturer's instructions
  • Cleaning solution
  • Water

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