Top Tips for Deep Cleaning & Sanitizing Carpets & Other Soft Surfaces in Your Home

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This may not be easy for you to hear, because it definitely wasn’t easy for us to write – deep cleaning in 2020 looks a little different than what you learned from mom all those years ago. Don’t get us wrong, we are in no way saying mom was mistaken. Her tried and true ‘deep clean every 6 months’ rule remains, but as people’s cleaning needs and routines continue to change, so do the cleaning ‘rules’.

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We will always be cleaning carpets before the holidays, but now we are seeing the important need to deep clean our carpets and other soft surfaces in our home during the summer, too.

Summer is the perfect time to open the windows and clean your carpets, giving your home a fresh breeze and your carpets a good old-fashioned air dry. It’s also a time when a lot of people are moving, and the last thing you want to think about is moving into a new house and wondering what happened on the carpet before you got the keys. We also know summer follows those colder months that likely kept you inside more, so your carpets, rugs, couches, pillows, pet beds, and other soft surfaces all saw a lot of life.

Not only do these places and spaces in your home deserve a deep clean, they could use a good sanitization, too, that eliminates certain bacteria. And we believe you’ll be surprised to learn that giving carpets and other soft surfaces in your home a professional, quality clean is a lot easier than you think, especially with the right cleaning sprays, formulas and machines.

Start Strong with Pretreating

A key part of deep cleaning is pretreating. Our Pet Stain & Odor Remover + Sanitize Pretreat works on carpet and upholstery to sanitize and kill 99.9% of bacteria*, helping to make pretreating arguably the most important part of deep cleaning. This cleaning solution works instantly to penetrate, sanitize and loosen tough stains like pet vomit, urine and tracked-in dirt before you break out the serious tools.

“It makes being a pet parent a little less messy.”

- Mary, 5-star review*
*Review from as of 6/22/2020. This review was submitted as part of a sweepstakes entry.

Even if you don’t plan on getting your full-size carpet cleaner out, this is a great household solution to have on hand to spot treat stinky stains and make keeping up with routine cleaning a little easier.

We also proudly partner with Woolite to formulate carpet and upholstery cleaners that safely, gently and effectively sanitize and remove spots and stains on soft surfaces. Woolite Advanced Pet Stain & Odor Remover + Sanitize is an all-in-one formula that cleans, sanitizes, deodorizes, freshens, and removes allergens on carpets, upholstery, pet beds, toys, and so much more – talk about starting carpet cleaning off on the right foot!

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Find the Right Formula

Once you’re done pretreating, you’re ready to deep clean. We highly recommend watching this video walks you through the proper ways to make wet and dry passes with your deep cleaner. Even if you’re a seasoned pro at carpet cleaning, it never hurts to get a refresher from the experts.

People looking to sanitize and clean bacteria from carpets should try using one of our machines with an EasyFill System, like JetScrub Pet Carpet Cleaner or 2X® Revolution® Pet Pro Carpet Cleaner. These carpet cleaning machines work with our Deep Clean + Antibacterial Carpet and Pet Stain & Odor + Antibacterial formulas to clean and control more than 90% of odor-causing bacteria.

“I am grateful for [this] product as we moved into a home that was not cared for by the previous owner. I am amazed at how well this carpet formula works in order to remove stains and make a space feel fresh and clean.”

- Emily, 5-star review*
*Review from as of 6/22/2020. This review was submitted as part of a sweepstakes entry.

The EasyFill System is our way to make measuring formula spill free and all around easier, because believe it or not, there is such a thing as using too much formula to clean your carpets. After you get the perfect mix of water and formula, you can get to work. And once your carpets are clean and dry, all that’s left to do is enjoy your newly cleaned and sanitized space!

Earning the title of America’s #1 choice in deep cleaners1 is not something that happened overnight. We earned the recognition after years of expertise and time spent developing products like the ones mentioned above. We’re so proud to offer easy-to-use products that clean and sanitize soft surfaces around your home during bigger deep cleans and all the smaller cleans in between. It’s just one example of how we’re continuing to improve the ways we all clean our homes, something we know would make mom proud!