Seven Carpet Care Tips
For house cleaners, here are seven easy care tips that will make your life easier when it comes to caring for your carpet. Around 80% of the soils that enter a building or home are dry. The remaining 20% are greases, oils, and starches. Keeping a carpet clean will extend its life while keep it looking new for a longer period of time. A clean carpet will also reduce household allergens and dust helping to protect the health of your family.
Carpet Care Tip 1: Vacuuming
The dry soil types are easily removed by vacuuming. As long as they are removed on a daily basis, it will help to minimize the damage to the carpet. Since vacuums can become overwhelmed by too much dirt. Regular thorough, deep vacuuming is surely the most important step when it comes to carpet care. While non-traffic areas can be vacuumed quickly major traffic areas should be vacuumed in more than one direction as you run the vacuum slowly giving it time to pick up the deeper soil. Not all vacuum cleaners are equal. The best hardwood floor vacuums will do a better job of cleaning a carpet than even a specialized carpet vacuum, if it is of poor quality. A good quality vacuum is not necessarily the most expensive.
Carpet Care Tip 2: Walk Off Mats
Keep those dry and gritty outdoor soils from being tracked on to your wall to wall carpet. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is to use walk off mats and area rugs at entrances. Always use entrance mats outside of your doors and make sure that anyone who enters your home use the mats to help get debris and dirt off of their shoes before they enter. Where possible also use an area rug or walk off mat inside your door to help trap soil missed by the outside mats. All mats and rugs need to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly so that they are trapping dirt and not placing dirt on to your shoes.
Carpet Care Tip 3: Shoes
Many people prefer that their family and guest go shoeless on their carpet. This can be helpful, especially if you have slippers that are only worn indoors that you slip into upon entering. The oils from oily bare feet will transfer from ones feet to the carpet.
Carpet Care Tip 4: Pets
If you have pets you need to understand that oil does transfer from pet hair to carpet. Placing an area rug in areas where your pets like to lay will provide excellent protection for your carpet.
Carpet Care Tip 5: Spots and Spills
Keep your eye out for spills and take care of them in a quick manner to keep your carpet clean. Most spots and spills can be easily cleaned by blotting with no more than clean tap water and a towel. If water does not work you will need to use a cleaning product for the specific type of spot you are experiencing problems with.
Carpet Care Tip 6: Deep Cleaning
Have your carpet professionally deep cleaned. A good thorough cleaning for your higher traffic areas should be performed at least every 12 to 18 months.
A well maintained home and clean carpet will not only add value to your home it will also extend the life of your carpet, protect your carpet warranty, reduce household and pet odors, assist you in keeping your family healthy and your friends and other visitors will be impressed at how nice your home looks.
Carpet Care Tip 7: Optical Brighteners
While optical brighteners can make a carpet appear cleaner, they have a harmful effect on carpet fibers. Technical people in the carpet industry have unanimously taken a stand against the use of brightening agents in the cleaning process. But, even with all of the adverse publicity, optical brighteners or color brighteners, as they are often called, are still used in some spot cleaning products, shampoo, dry-foam and extraction detergents.
Optical brighteners are actually dyes, which reflect the light and eventually cause yellowing in carpet fibers. For this reason alone, every legitimate carpet cleaning company should outlaw their use.
Follow these 7 easy Carpet Care tips and your carpet will stay looking new longer.
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Thanks for the tips! Number 5 is important, as soon as a spill occurs or stain appears I get on to it straight away. So far, I’ve been lucky enough to avoid permanent stains by being proactive like this.
carpet calgary says
Hey. I got carpet installed in my daughter’s room last year and I feel that it’s very difficult to maintain. Vacuuming is just not enough, I have to brush it every other week because hair get stuck in it and starts looking dirty.
Ronald Gemmill says
I am a new user, and I am so much worried about the maintenance of the carpet. In your article, you share some excellent tips to keep the carpet clean. I will try to follow your instruction. Thanks for sharing this.
Krestina Jon says
I used to think that vacuuming was an ineffective way to clean my carpet, but after reading this article and trying it for myself, I realized that it is actually a very effective way to reduce dirt from my carpet. Thank you for recommending this product! It has helped me keep my carpets clean and I am very grateful.