After treating the carpet and waiting for the chemicals and soap to loosen dirt and stains, a carpet cleaning technician carefully vacuums each rug using a steam vacuum. Steam vacuums cycle clean water through the vacuum to remove the loosened dirt and rinse the chemicals off the carpet. A technician may have to go over a heavy traffic or stained area of a carpet multiple times with the steam vacuum before the dirt and stains are completely removed.
A carpet cleaning technician’s job isn’t complete until the carpets are clean. Technicians are responsible for inspecting the cleaned carpet after it dries to ensure it’s clean. They may perform another stain treatment on areas of the carpet that did not come clean during the initial steam vacuuming. Once the carpets are dry, a carpet cleaning technician might apply a stain repellent chemical to the carpet to help maintain its cleanliness.
Some carpet cleaning techs also clean upholstery with chemicals and a steam vacuum. Others might agree to clean an old, valuable or delicate rug by hand since it can be ruined by a large steam vacuum. A technician might use soap, water and a brush to scrub the entire rug. She also might make minor repairs to frayed edges with a needle and thread and cut out stains that can’t be cleaned with scissors or a knife.