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Clear the area of any furniture. Move any furniture off the carpet and out of the room, if possible. Give yourself plenty of room to maneuver and reach stains in tight spaces.
Treat heavily stained areas with a carpet shampoo (optional). You can find bottles of carpet shampoo at any general store. Target areas that handle a lot of foot traffic as well as any deep stains you find. The shampoo is either sprayed onto the carpet directly or blotted on with a wet paper towel. You usually need to let the soap soak in for about 3 minutes before operating the carpet cleaner.
Using only a carpet cleaner sometimes isn't enough to clean these areas, so a carpet shampoo can help lead to a spotless carpet.
Fill the water tank with hot water. Detach the tank on the carpet cleaner’s front end. Make sure hot water is flowing from your sink’s faucet, then put the tank’s spout under it. The tank will have a line, about ¾ of the way up, indicating how far to fill it.
Add carpet cleaning formula to the water tank. Pick 1 of the many carpet cleaning formulas available at any general store. This is a special formula designed to work with the carpet cleaner, so it’s different from a carpet shampoo. The tank will have a second fill line above the first one. Pour the formula directly into the hot water until it reaches that line.
Pull the handle’s trigger while moving the cleaner forward and back. Pull the trigger to spray water onto the carpet. While holding the trigger, push the cleaner forward, then pull it back. Focus on cleaning small areas at a time by moving the cleaner forward as far as you can reach without walking.
Empty the water tank when it fills with dirty water. As you use the cleaner, it sucks dirt and water into the tank next to the water tank you filled earlier. It also has a fill line showing its maximum capacity. Once the soiled water reaches this line, pour it out into the sink.
Refill the clean water tank to continue cleaning. Run the hot water again. Using the guidelines, replenish the tank with water and formula. Your cleaner will be ready for action again. Depending on the size of your carpets, you will need to dump out the dirty water and refill the tank several times before you’re finished using the machine.
Set the tools dial before using the tools. The tools dial is the large one you set to the floor cleaning option earlier. Spin the dial to point up towards you. This is the tools option, which switches the power settings from the floor cleaner to the hose. Use these tools to finish up the last of your carpet cleaning.
Once the carpet has been cleaned there will be a lot of hair and other dirt laid on top of the carpet ready for vacuuming.
Make sure that your vacuum is a WET VACUUM before attempting to clean this dirty.
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