Top 5 Carpet Care Tips Of All Time
There’s nothing better than a freshly cleaned carpet looking as good as new. However, without maintenance, this can be short-lived. A carpet catches a lot of impurities such as dust, dirt, odors and allergens, causing it to stand out in an otherwise clean room while also becoming a health hazard.
Carpet care is something every homeowner has questions about, so we’ve put together the top 5 carpet care tips of all time.
Vacuum at least once a week
However careful you are to avoid dirt entering your home, things such as dead skin cells, open windows, crumbs, and pets can all contribute to the accumulation of particles that need removing from your carpets. Vacuuming is the most regular carpet care technique you can do to remove dust and impurities. Once a week is the minimum you should vacuum to maintain your fresh carpets and even more frequently in areas with a higher volume of traffic moving through them. This prolongs the life of a carpet and also prevents sharper particles from cutting into your carpet fibers.
How to scrub a carpet properly
When accidents occur, you have immediate images of a permanent stain on your carpet. Panic rises, and your instinct is to scrub the carpet as hard as possible to stop this from happening. Unfortunately, this can make the situation worse as you’re working the stain even more into the carpet fibers across a wider area. The correct method is to blot the liquid before attempting to scrub the carpet free of the stain. Use a cloth or paper towel to blot from outside the stain inwards to prevent the stain from spreading and soak up as much as possible. You can find our full recommended method for how to get rid of carpet stains yourself here.
Take off your shoes
It may sound obvious, but one of the best ways to limit how much dirt comes into your house is to avoid walking across your carpets with shoes on. Outside dust and dirt can easily be ground into your carpet fibers leaving it looking worn and lifeless. Many people assume those households with no-shoe policies don’t want to ruin their carpets, but part of the reason their carpets look so plush in the first place is by following basic carpet care rules that anyone can implement. At the very least, invest in some floor mats to place on both sides of your outside doors to remind people to wipe their shoes properly before entering any further.
Avoid DIY equipment and chemicals
Time and time again we see people using store-bought products and equipment in an attempt to give their carpets a deeper clean and tackle the toughest stains and odors. However, using cleaning chemicals and DIY techniques can cause more harm than good depending on the type of carpet you have and the type of stain. Your cheaper alternative can easily become a costly nightmare.
You have to be aware of the exact way to prepare products, follow the correct process and with certain techniques, it’s possible to make the stain bind more tightly to carpet fibers. For example, pet odors can become worse if used with products that contain ammonia, and the high levels of heat produced by steam cleaning causes pet waste to bind permanently to carpet fibers.
Get your carpets professional cleaned every 12 months
However much you look after your carpets, one of the best tips any homeowner can follow is to annually use a professional carpet cleaning service. Professional carpet care companies use methods such as hot water extraction and encapsulation techniques. Hot water extraction penetrates deep into the carpet fibers, completely sanitizing your carpet by removing dirt, allergens, odors and other impurities. Encapsulation isn’t quite as thorough as hot water extraction but takes a fraction of the time due to its low moisture technique. Experienced companies will also be able to offer upholstery cleaning services which will also contribute towards your carpet care by keeping the surrounding furniture as clean as possible.
There’s plenty of carpet care tips you can follow during the year to keep them looking great while maintaining a healthy living environment. When you need your annual professional clean, NewGen Restores has got combined experience of 40 years in the carpet cleaning industry to ensure we’re the leading carpet care company in North and South Carolina. Our 12-step process not only thoroughly cleans your carpets but also breathes life into them, leaving them looking and smelling fresh.
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