Dirty traffic lanes in your carpet look like gray, matted areas that get lots of traffic. We call these “traffic lanes” and it can make your carpet look horrible.
Some people ignore the problem and do nothing, eventually they replace the carpet. If you can operate basic equipment and have the extra time to do it, you can clean these traffic lanes yourself and bring your carpet back to life.
Here is a list of what you will need:
1. A rental carpet cleaning machine. For $20-50 per day you can rent one of these machines to do the job.
2. Cleaning chemicals. For heavy traffic lane cleaning, go to your nearest janitorial supply house and ask for a gallon of “carpet pre-spray” or “traffic lane cleaner”. This could run $15-20 per gallon.
3. A good working vacuum.
4. A clean, stiff bristle brush.
5. White vinegar.
6. Time and a little sweat.
Step #1: Give those traffic lanes a good vacuuming. Make sure your vacuum works properly and take your time. Go over the traffic lanes slowly to pick up the matted down carpet fibers.
Step #2: Dilute the pre-spray in the tank of your rental carpet cleaning machine. Read and follow the directions on the label of the pre-spray bottle. More is not better, and if you do too strong of a dilution, you will leave a lot of residue in the carpet.
Step #3: Pre-treat the carpet using your rental carpet cleaner, turn the pump on and leave the vacuum off, this will spray the chemicals into the traffic lanes and if your carpet cleaner has a brush, turn that on as well, this will agitate the carpet fiber and really loosen up the embedded dirt in the carpet.
Step #4: Use your stiff bristle brush to GENTLY agitate the carpet and to work any spots on the carpet. Let the pre-spay sit in the carpet for up to 15 minutes, but do not let it dry in the carpet.
Step #5: Drain any remaining pre-spray in the rental carpet cleaner and fill it with very hot water. Next, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the tank. Vinegar will neutralize the pre-spray and reduce foam in the recovery tank of the rental carpet cleaner.
Step #6: Turn the pump and vacuums on and work back and forth on the traffic lanes, rinsing out the pre-spray and leaving the carpet squeaky clean.
By following these steps, you should see a dramatic improvement in the traffic lanes of your carpet. If you feel that the area is still dirty, you can go over the carpet again, doing the same procedure. It may not come out exactly like new, because the carpet fiber may be “cut” from sand and abrasion from foot traffic. But, it should be much better than the start.
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Source by John Mctighe