Don't make the mistake of assuming your dark carpeting will be easier to keep clean than a light-colored alternative. Stains will still show up on dark carpet fibers, and you'll need to know the steps required to clean it when it gets dirty. Follow these tips for how to spot-clean or shampoo a dark carpet, which will help it look nice over the years.
Clean a Test Patch
Before you clean any carpeting, it is a good idea to clean a small test patch to see how the cleaning material reacts to the carpet fibers. Do this in a spot that will not be noticed if there is a problem, such as behind furniture where the carpeting is often covered up. Testing the carpeting in the middle of the room could leave damage that is easy to spot if the cleaner doesn't react well.
You can test the carpet cleaner by placing a little bit onto a piece of cotton. Then dab the cotton onto your carpeting in the inconspicuous area. Allow it to sit in the carpet for a while before determining if the cleaner is capable of ruining the color of your dark carpeting. If it does ruin the carpeting, you should be able to cut off the top of the carpet fiber where it is now discolored.
Avoid Soap Residue
The soap residue that is left behind will be noticeable on a dark colored carpet. It will cause the carpeting to appear as if it has a white colored coating on it. To prevent this from happening, you will need to suck out the water from the carpet using the carpet cleaner suction function. Run the cleaning equipment for a little bit to ensure all of the shampoo has been removed the from hose.
In addition, you'll want to make sure that you have diluted the shampoo by following the instructions that have been provided. Not diluting the soap can leave a lot of residue.
Thoroughly Clean Equipment After Each Use
The carpet cleaning equipment tends to leave traces of the carpeting behind on it. If you recently cleaned light-colored carpeting, be sure to thoroughly clean all of the equipment before you move on to dark-colored carpeting, which includes all of the brushes and water compartments.
For more tips on how to clean the dark carpeting, be sure to ask your carpeting dealer prior to the installation so you know what you can expect.