Carpet Disinfecting: Why You Need to Call the Professionals

Carpet Disinfecting: Why You Need to Call the Professionals

Carpets attract residue and dirt which can eventually discolour the fibres, and they also trap damaging air pollutants such as fungi and bacteria. So, dirty carpets are bad news for asthma, allergy, and eczema sufferers.

Wall-top-wall carpeting and large or small rugs are all exposed to containments bought into your home on shoes and by pets. This level of bacterial pollution can be greatly reduced if you know how. See how to sanitise your carpets and rugs here…

Getting started

Equipment and tools you’ll need

If you decide to tackle the disinfecting yourself rather than using carpet cleaning services get together the following:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved disinfectant or sanitiser
  • Spray bottle
  • Steam cleaner


  • Move as much furniture as possible out of the way – for furniture that’s too heavy place a small piece of plastic under each leg to stop any varnish stains being absorbed by the damp carpet.
  • Test a small area of carpet that’s hidden just in case the cleaning solution affects the carpet fibres and causes discolouration – let the solution sit for five minutes before blotting with a clean white cloth to ensure there’s no transfer of colour
  • Make the initial cleaning spray by mixing equal parts of water and white vinegar in the spray bottle
  • Into the steam cleaners’ detergent compartment add a combination of three parts water to one-part white vinegar mixed well
  • Vacuum the carpeted area thoroughly


Lightly spray the carpet with the vinegar and water cleaning solution and let it dry completely. Then run the steam cleaner over the carpet following the manufacturer’s guide. Let the carpet dry completely once more before vacuuming the carpet with your traditional cleaner.

Bear in mind that white vinegar isn’t an EPA recommended disinfectant. Although the acetic acid does break apart soil by changing the structure of germ cells it’s actually more effective on hard floors rather than carpet fibres. A better option is to use cleaning strength distilled white vinegar that contains 6% acetic acid as a pose to a lower acid vinegar.

Alternative cleaning techniques

If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner you can still successfully sanitise your carpet – just follow the steps below:

For this method you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Washing up detergent
  • Bucket
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Clean cloths
  • Vacuum cleaner

How to do it

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the carpet and let it sit for around 10 to 15 minutes while you get the cleaning mixture ready. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in the bucket, then add a little washing-up detergent. Dip the scrubbing brush into the solution and scrub the carpet or rug thoroughly. Don’t use excess water which will soak the fibres.

It will take between five to 10 minutes for the solution to work – then you can rinse with fresh water using a clean cloth. Let the fibres dry completely before doing a final vacuum. If you want to speed up the drying process you can open windows or use a fan.

Disinfecting washable carpets

Small carpets and rugs may be sanitised in the washing machine if approved by the manufacturer. Before you put the item into your appliance, you’ll need to shake it well and run the vacuum over it to ensure all loose debris has been removed.

A laundry disinfectant or sanitiser contains enzymes that cut through grime – you could also use pine oil or chlorine bleach but be careful to follow product directions to avoid causing damage to carpet or rug fibres.

A front-loading washing machine will accommodate the carpet or rug quite easily. Then you just need to select the hottest water setting recommended on the care label. If your washing machine is a standard top loader it may be worth considering a trip to the local laundrette.

You may be able to tumble dry 100% cotton carpets without rubber backings on high heat. Otherwise, you should let the carpet air dry. If in doubt contact professional rug cleaning services in Abingdon for help and advice.

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Carpet disinfecting: why you need to call the professionals

Experts recommend that you have your carpets cleaned professionally at least twice a year. Technicians from carpet cleaning services in Abingdon will come equipped with all the tools needed to complete the carpet disinfecting process – including specialised carpet cleaning machines.

Rug cleaning in Abingdon will also be expertly carried out with experienced cleaners choosing the right cleaning method and solutions to avoid any fibre damage to delicate items.

The average professional carpet cleaning cost for a standard three-bedroom home is around £200 for two reception rooms, three bedrooms, and hall, landing, and stairs. Carpet and upholstery cleaner services may cost a little more. It’s easy to get a quote upfront for all your carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning services by visiting the company website.