Carpet Care Tips

Helpful Carpet care tips…

A regular carpet maintenance program extends the life of the original appearance of your carpet. Today’s carpet fibers are designed to hide dirt and reflect light and have the ability to resist soiling and stains. However, the lack of apparent soiling does not eliminate the necessity of regular cleaning.

1. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly especially in high traffic areas and under area rugs! This is the most important process to keep your carpet looking clean and new. Removing loose soil while it remains on the carpet surface is important so it is not ground into the carpet pile. The removal of gritty, sandy soil is essential because it can have sharp edges that can cut into the carpet fiber and reduce wear life. ,Take a little extra time every few weeks and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places. Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors

2. Promptly clean up spots and spills. Spots and spills happen to just about every carpet and can be difficult to remove. Act Quickly! Blot or scrape the entire area before applying any cleaning solution. Do not rub! Remove as much of the spill as possible. Most carpets available today have been treated with a stain-resistant treatment, so many spills can be removed if prompt action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain.

3. Use indoor/outdoor mats at the entrances of your business or home will reduce the amount of dirt tracked in onto your carpet. By wiping your feet onto a “welcome” mat (or whatever little greeting the mat may have written on it), will help keep dirt from being dragged into your home in the first place. Even though dirt will still make its way into your home through open windows and doorways, the amount that is brought in on the soles of your shoes is far greater.

4. Professionally cleaning your carpet before soiling shows, especially in high traffic areas will keep it looking its best. A few years back, professional carpet cleaning was considered a service that could be afforded by the rich only. Renting an industrial machine and then buying the chemicals to go with it can add up and often be even more expensive than hiring the pros. If you’ve ever attempt to clean your carpet with a rental or home steam cleaner, take great caution. If you don’t know what you’re doing, and you don’t remove most of the water, your carpets could easily result in an unhealthy situation. High moisture levels can leak through to the carpet back and pad, which could promote the growth of mold and mildew.When rugs and carpets become excessively soiled it will shorten the carpets life and make cleaning more difficult.

5. Occasionally rotate your furniture to prevent soiling in heavy traffic areas and prevent carpet wear. A good time to do it is when you are having the carpet cleaned. After it has dried move the furniture to a different position. This can however be difficult in some rooms but do what you can. Even something as simple as moving an end table or moving a recliner can change the flow of traffic.

6. Use of area rugs with your carpet can enhance the total look of a room, but be sure to remove and clean them regularly. Also clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath. After cleaning your carpet, remember to allow the carpet and the area rugs to dry completely before replacing the rugs.

7. Direct Sunlight can heavily damage carpets. Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with shades , blinds, or awnings.

Please Note: Carpets with stain resistant treatments improve your ability to clean, not prevent, stains. No carpet is stain proof. Carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling and make it easier to clean, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance.