How do you actually get the dirt out? I have just bought a steam cleaner and have had a go at the carpet. The cleaner doesn't actually suck the dirt out, so are you supposed to let it dry and then hoover it?
This may be a daft question but can anyone advise?
Domestic steam cleaners don't actually clean a carpet, they refresh it and kill the dust mites. If you want a steam cleaner to suck all the moisture and dirt out you have to buy an industrial one and they aren't cheap. I would get a professional cleaner in to do it for me.
You can hire rug doctors or similar from places like Homebase for about 30 pounds for a weekend. They pump out hot water and detergent and then suck it back in, so you are physically removing the dirt. The water isn't as hot as in a steam cleaner, but they do work very well in my experience and are much cheaper than getting someone in to do it.