Quick Tips:

  • Vacuum very WELL before beginning! 
  • Spot clean and pre-treat high traffic areas. 
  • Use hot water in your carpet cleaner. 
  • Don’t use too much solution. More is NOT always better! 
  • Deep clean your carpets twice a year. 
  • Clean spills as soon as they happen. Always have a stain remover on hand. 

Carpet Cleaning Like a Professional

When it comes to maintaining a clean and healthy home, one crucial task that cannot be overlooked is carpet cleaning. Whether you're a homeowner, a pet owner, or someone who's health-conscious, understanding the proper techniques to clean your carpets like a professional is essential for removing dirt, allergens, and persistent odors.

Carpets add warmth and comfort to our homes, but they also harbor dirt, dust mites and can hold onto odors if not cleaned regularly. In this guide, we'll walk through three expert steps to deep-clean your carpets, ensuring that they not only appear clean but also contribute to a healthier living environment.

Clean carpets not only look better, but they feel better and last longer. How do you clean your carpets like a professional? Let’s start with the prep work! 

Move furniture, pet beds, toys, cords, and pick up any small items off the floor that the vacuum will not pick up. You will be surprised at what you find under the furniture. I found a stick, hanger, and jelly beans from Easter! 

Vacuum the floor VERY well. Go over the floor two or three times and make sure you get as much dust and dirt as possible from deep in the carpet pad. You don’t want to shampoo your floors and create mud. 

  • Optional step, vacuum and wash baseboards. We don’t want dust, pet hair, and dirt falling on our clean carpets. Quickly vacuum your baseboards and use a damp cloth to wipe them off. 

Remove air registers. It is easier to clean under the register than around it. Now is a great time to vacuum and clean out those vents, too. 

Open windows, turn on a fan and create a well ventilated area that will allow the carpet to dry quickly. 

Step 1: Spot Treatment to Remove Stains

Before you tackle the entire carpet, focus on the spots and stains. Our 3-way spotter is specially formulated to deal with all sorts of blemishes from coffee spills to muddy paw prints.

  • Apply the 3-way spotter: Spray our 3-way spotter directly onto the stains and agitate with a carpet brush to work deep into the fibers. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. This allows the solution to penetrate the fibers and break down the stain. 
  • Blot the stain: Using a clean microfiber cloth or a towel, gently blot the stain. Avoid rubbing as this can spread the stain and damage the fibers.
  • Repeat if necessary: For particularly stubborn stains, you might need to repeat the process until the stain lifts off completely.

Step 2: Pre-Spray Traffic Areas

Heavy traffic areas in your home, like hallways and entryways, can accumulate more grime than others.

  • Use 2-in-1 Cleaner: Generously pre-spray these zones with our 2-in-1 Cleaner. The solution loosens up the soil embedded deep within the carpet fibers before you extract over the carpet.
  • Allow it to sit: Leave the pre-spray on for at least 10 minutes to loosen the dirt effectively.
  • Deep clean: For a thorough cleaning, use the 2-in-1 Cleaner as a carpet shampoo in your extractor.  Mix 2 oz. of 2-in-1 solution per 1 gallon of warm/hot water. This solution is removing trapped dirt and odor and trapped allergens from your carpet.

Using your carpet cleaner, make sure you are extracting as much water as you can. Don’t leave your carpets soaking wet.  

Step 3: Rinse and Neutralize

Now that the carpets have been treated for stains and pre-sprayed, it’s crucial to rinse out any remaining chemicals.

  • Employ Carpet Rinse and Neutralizer: To avoid chemical residues that can make carpets re-soil faster, use our Carpet Rinse and Neutralizer with your extractor.
  • Extract thoroughly: Pass over the carpet fully with the extractor, ensuring all shampoo and cleaning products are removed.

Mix 2 oz. of Carpet Rinse and Neutralizer per gallon of water. Using your carpet cleaner you are rinsing away any chemical residue and bringing your carpets to a neutral state. This will avoid chemical buildup, yellowing of your carpets, and bring that amazing fresh scent to your floors! 

Customer Testimonial: After I used the Rinse and Neutralizer solution, my carpets felt clean. They did not feel stiff or crunchy like other name brand cleaners I have used. My carpets feel new again! 

Let your floors dry.  Avoid putting furniture back and walking on the carpet while it is wet or even damp. Keep windows open, and fans on to keep the airflow moving. You can have clean carpets in your home with a couple hours of hard work that will pay off for months! 

Want to save money by buying all the supplies you need in one bundle? Try our Don Aslett Elite Carpet Cleaning Bundle.

Additional Tips

  • Vacuum Regularly: Maintain the cleanliness and extend the life of your carpets by vacuuming at least once a week. This prevents soil from becoming embedded and makes spot cleaning easier.
  • Attend to Spills Immediately: The longer a spill sits, the harder it is to remove. Quick action prevents stains from setting.
  • Protect High-Traffic Areas: Consider using runners or area rugs to minimize wear and tear in high-traffic zones.


Achieving professional-level cleanliness in your home carpeting is all about the right techniques and using the right products. By following these steps and incorporating these tips into your cleaning routine, your carpets will not only look their best but also contribute to a cleaner and healthier living space.

Remember, regular maintenance can vastly extend the life of your carpets and improve the indoor air quality of your home. And always consider safe, eco-friendly cleaning solutions to protect your pets, family members, and the environment.

Spot Treatment: 

Clean It Stain and Odor Remover 


3 Way Spotter

Carpet Cleaner:



    July 13, 2022 — Marissa Benson


    Addie said:

    Great post! I have always had a carpet cleaning come in and use hot water but I have never thought of using it myself! Thanks for the heads up!

    Jesse said:

    Great post. the Don Aslett’s 3-way carpet spotter is the way to go. do you have a youtube channel as well? https://carpetcleaningkalihi.com

    Freddy Ibarra said:

    Thank you for sharing these important carpet cleaning tips. They are quite useful and functional. I’m definitely going to try it. The way you explained it was excellent. It was useful. Post more thoughtful advice frequently.

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