How Worm Infested Carpet Is Professionally Deep Cleaned

  • This worm-infested carpet was found in a muddy pond at the bottom of a garden.
  • James from Mountain Rug Cleaning uses lots of water and a variety of chemicals and tools to clean it.
  • He managed to turn the carpet from brown and muddy to white and fluffy.

Here is a transcript of the video.

My name is James from Mountain Rug Cleaning. And today I’m going to clean a worm-infested carpet.

The carpet was just completely saturated with mud, soaked. And then, upon closer inspection, I could see what appeared to be small maggots inside the mat. Turns out it was probably earthworm larvae. It was a rug that someone no longer wanted, so it was thrown in their garden.

Basically just wanted to see if I could clean it up, basically test my skills and see what I could do with it.

Basically, I just rinse the mat with water. So it’s just a very powerful hose, and it just pushes water onto the carpet to wash away as much mud as possible. It is not a pressure washer. The pressure washer has a lot of power, but it doesn’t necessarily blast a large volume of water onto the carpet. And basically what you want to do in the beginning is just get the water out there as fast as you can. I have a pump attached to the hose just so it gives enough pressure and power. But it doesn’t flow very slowly, it’s powerful enough that you can kind of blast the top of the mat, and it will kind of blow all the surface dirt off the top of the mat. You are going to use brushes on the mat, and the water with the shampoo lubricates the mat to prevent any type of damage from the machines you are going to use on it.

All sorts of leaves, twigs, dirt, and other objects explode from the top of the mat, along with the earthworms that were on it. I wanted to make sure to wash them off the top of the mat, because I didn’t want to get them all into the mat.

So I wanted to make sure I had everything removed before taking any further action. I just use the watering can with a mixture of shampoo and oxygen booster. And then I just use it to get the shampoo distributed on top of the carpet.

So that’s the rotary machine. It has a rotating brush at the bottom of it, and that’s basically used to mix the shampoo into the mat, so it’s easier to wash it off afterwards. I use a special fiber shampoo. It is a fairly mild detergent, safe for pets, safe for wool. It’s not very strong, it’s just enough to break down the dirt in the carpet and make it easier for you to wash everything off. The oxygen booster simply helps break down soils much faster. It can make things whiter, bring out colors, reduce odors, and yes, make stain removal easier for you.

I wouldn’t use bleach at all. Bleach in general damages fibers. Especially because it was a wool carpet, it can damage the colors of the carpet. It is therefore better to avoid using bleach.

It’s cold water. You don’t want to use hot water on mats because they tend to have a shrinkage problem so you only use cold water which eliminates any kind of potential issues you may have with them cleaning.

You then use what’s called a squeegee, basically like what you would use to clean your windows, and scrape all the dirt and moss off the top of the carpet.

The next step is to turn the rug over and then clean the wash floor underneath, as there is still a lot of dirt and stuff under the rug. So I think it’s a good idea to wash all of that out before you put the carpet back in after you’ve just cleaned it.

And then, again, it’s pretty much the exact same process as doing the front. Simply start by saturating the carpet with water, add the shampoo and oxygen booster again, then simply clean the back with the rotary to remove as many stains as possible. Always clean the back and the front, because when you clean the front, a lot of the dirt gets in the back. And then also on the other hand, when you clean the back, it brings out a lot of dirt and stuff that’s deep in the mat on the opposite side, if you know what I mean.

I then typically use a CRB machine on top of the mat. It looks a bit like a void. It’s like a gray box. It stands for counter-rotating brush head. Inside there are two brushes that rotate in opposite directions. And then, as they roll up, they kind of pull the carpet fibers towards the machine. So it gives you a much deeper clean, but it also lifts the pile of the rug, making it a bit fluffier.

I add more products to the carpet to kind of break down more dirt that’s left inside. You do this until the water comes out as clear as possible. You will never get a 100% clean carpet. There will always be dirt inside a rug. You could be using thousands and thousands of gallons of water unnecessarily for very, very little gain. So there’s a time when little bits still come out of it, but it’s just not worth wasting so much water to get it out.

At this point, I add an acid rinse to the carpet. It neutralizes all the chemicals you’ve ever used and helps wash them all away. It also helps prevent cellulosic browning, which is a process in which natural carpet fibers can turn brown.

This is called a Grandi Groom. It is used to remove the pattern left in the carpet, but it also serves to set the fibers to help it dry faster. I suck in as much moisture as possible. So it’s basically a wet vacuum, and it sucks up the moisture and then it goes into a reservoir. This is quite an important process, as it obviously removes a lot of the moisture from the carpet.

Then I put it in a centrifuge, which extracts about 95% of the water from the carpet. You hang the rug in a warm room with fans and a dehumidifier. And then it removes the last remaining bits of moisture.

I mean, don’t leave your carpet in the garden, for starters. But, yes, the biggest tip I have for taking care of your carpet is to vacuum it. Probably the worst thing that damages a rug is dry floors that sit in the rug for long periods of time. This can somehow wear down the carpet. So lots of suction and steady hits.

I didn’t really feel comfortable giving it to someone else afterwards, so after cleaning it up, rather than throwing it in the trash and wasting it, I thought a good One thing to do would be to donate it to a dog shelter. So that’s what I did.

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