Whether cleaning your own carpets at home or professionally cleaning carpets at homes and offices, it is important to have the proper carpet cleaning supplies. There are numerous vacuums, carpet cleaners and carpet cleaning products available, something for every type of carpet and every type of problem.
While all-purpose carpet cleaners can work just fine, professional cleaning supplies include cleaners specifically designed for typical problems. These include products to remove odors caused by mildew, pets, fire and smoke. When trying to remove a specific type of stain, pick a cleaner designed for the job. Once again, look to professional products to find those that can handle difficult-to-remove stains such as oil, grease, paint, rust, glue and gum or correct discoloration from browning, sun-fading or water damage. Also, there are numerous pre-spray products that can target specific stains or problems before the cleaning is done to help get the stains out and ensure a better cleaning. After cleaning, there are rinses available to get all of the residues out. Sealants and other such products can help keep the carpets from getting stained and dirty again by repelling stains, decreasing their tendency to spread and making it easier to remove them. Carpet refreshers can provide a pleasant smelling end to a cleaning or an in-between cleaning freshening up.
Be sure to choose only products that work for the type of carpet being cleaned. Most carpets can be wet cleaned and the majority of chemical carpet cleaners are designed for just that. However, if the carpet is delicate and may bleed when wet cleaned, there are carpet cleaning products designed for dry cleaning. Carpet cleaning products come in various forms, including powdered, liquid, high foaming shampoo and dry foam. Once again pick the product that works best for your carpet and the stain that needs to be cleaned or the problem that must be resolved.
In addition to the carpet cleaners used, it is important to have a quality cleaning machine. For home use, a simple portable machine is adequate. When starting a business, consider the better commercial but still portable machines first. After you have your business established and doing well, upgrade to a more expensive truck-mounted machine that will provide longevity and superior cleaning power.
Whether for at-home or commercial use, carpet cleaning supplies (both the chemicals and the machines) are easy to find. Try wholesale carpet cleaning supply websites if there is not one near you. Professional carpet cleaning supplies are available on-line from most manufacturers of carpet cleaners and machines as well. These sites save money by cutting out the middle man and also can provide valuable information about which products are best for your carpets.
Do not be daunted by the wide array of carpet cleaning supplies available. Know what type of carpet you have and pick the products that work well for it and for the stains and problems who are trying to correct. It is always a good idea to test a small area of carpet in a hidden spot to make sure that the cleaner will not discolor or otherwise affect your carpet. Then go ahead and clean the carpets, enjoying just how wonderful they look.