Here are a few carpet cleaning tips that will help you keep a neat and tidy carpet.
Type of Carpet
You should identify which type of carpet you have. Is it a silk, a synthetic or a woolen carpet? Once you know the type of carpet, you will know what products you can use safely to clean without damaging your carpet
Prevention is Better than Cure
Do remember that the easiest way to avoid dust, dirt and fibers from sticking to your carpet is to vacuum it on a regular basis. That way the dust, dirt of fiber does not stick to your carpet and comes of easily. This is very essential if you have pets at home
Remove stains immediately after they occur. Follow the manufacturer’s directions or use a carpet cleaner solution. Stains once set can be difficult to remove and nothing will age your rug faster than a bunch of stains. Most stains, yes even the difficult ones, can be lifted if the proper procedures are followed.
In case there is any sort of a spill on your carpet, the first thing you should do is dab a soft sponge or cloth and mop up the spill. Do not rub or the spill will embed deeper into the carpet causing a stain to form, which will become more difficult to remove
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You could also use vinegar, lemon, soda or simple plain water to clean of some difficult stains if required. Do not use a brush to scrub out any stains which could damage your carpet
One more thing to keep in mind, while cleaning your carpet is bad odour. To deodorize your carpet, there are a lot of deodorizers available in the market. You should read the label of the product carefully and then choose what is right for your carpet type
Buy A Good Vacuum
All vacuums are not created equal and you need one that has enough suction to pull the grit that lays low in the carpet not just the surface debris. It’s the grit deep in the carpet that rubs and wears the fabric causing your carpets to look old and wear out faster. So spend a little more on that vacuum and save thousands in replacing your carpets.
No Bare Feet
Now I bet you didn’t realize that bare feet are as damaging to your carpets as shoes are. That’s because the soles of your feet will have a oil film [no you can’t feel or see it]that will be picked up by your carpets leaving a residue behind that attracts dirt which then abrades your carpet.
Mats and Runners
For high traffic areas such as halls or entrances a mat or runner is an excellent way to save abuse to the carpet and it can add an additional touch to your interioes. Use the mats and runners to absorb initial dirt and grime upon entering the house and keep it isolated. The mats can easily be replaced or cleaned. This will add years to the carpet in these areas.
Periodic Professional Cleaning is a Must
Remember that periodic professional carpet cleaning is the most important maintenance you can do to extend the life of your carpet and for the health of your family.
Your carpets and rugs should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. If your home is a busy one, it may be a good idea to have a touch up clean of the traffic areas every 6 months and then a full clean every 12 months.