Whether you are thinking about having carpet installed, just had carpet installed, or already have carpet in your home it is very important to be aware of proper carpet care and upkeep. Maintaining and cleaning your carpet ensures a healthy living environment for you and your family. There are several different ways to clean carpet, and little do many people know that vacuuming alone does not successfully do the job!
It should not be misunderstood that vacuuming is not beneficial for your carpet, as vacuuming does a good job at preventing dirt from embedding deep into the carpet fibers. However, vacuuming realistically speaking is not an activity that can be given full attention to everyday. It would be more realistic to say that vacuuming can be given attention to maybe about 2 times per week. Because of this little problem, here is a way that you can vacuum to ensure your carpet stays clean enough until the next time you have to vacuum.
Before you begin vacuuming make sure that you have emptied out the canister or replaced the bag first to ensure maximum suction. Given the small amount of time that can be given to vacuuming, for best results it is highly recommended that when you do vacuum give more focus to areas of the house where there is the most activity and this will help to maintain the upkeep of your carpet and free from excessive dirt buildup in the carpet fibers. Taking more time to focus on these activity areas, going over them again and again will ensure the best possible dirt removal from your carpet.
Shampooing & Steam Cleaning
Extending beyond vacuum care into more thorough methods of carpet cleaning, Shampooing and Steam Cleaning are two great methods to use to ensure quality dirt removal. Shampooing and Steam Cleaning consists in buying a carpet based shampoo which is then added into a Carpet Shampooer Vacuum, which is a machine specifically designed to shampoo or steam your carpet. These products can be purchased at any home appliance store at a reasonable price. Shampooing and Steam Cleaning can ensure a deep and thorough clean of your carpet. It should be noted that it’s easy to over shampoo your carpet. Over-wetting your carpet is a sure way of causing damage to your carpet.
Some Shampooers have suction like features which allow you to dry any cleaned area after the shampoo has been applied. This can prevent your carpet from over-wetting and potential damage. Ideally, having a professional carpet cleaner come and clean your carpet is the best way to go, but to save money it’s not uncommon for many people to do it themselves. However, many people are prone to making mistakes that a professional would otherwise not make. Having your carpet cleaned professionally is recommended once every year to 18 months.
Steam Cleaning and Shampooing are common methods for deep cleaning your carpet and do a good job at removing unwanted stains. How do we effectively prevent stains from happening in the first place though? In order to prevent future stains to your carpet it is always best to act on them quickly when they happen. Stains are inevitable and will happen sooner or later. What many people don’t know is the longer you leave a stain to sit in the carpet the harder it becomes to remove. The best thing to do is to have several bottles of club soda ready to go to use on spills. Follow this guideline if you have any carpet spills:
Soak up as much of the stain as you possibly can with old towels (use light towels) by standing on them to increase absorption. By using a light towel you will be able to see how much of the stain you have gathered.
Pour club soda on the spill and as the carbonation begins to bubble, blot up the stain right away by standing on your towel for best absorption.
Next, use a carpet stain cleaner of your choice on the stained area.
While using the stain cleaner make sure to never rub your carpet – this will increase the damage of the stain and wear out the fibers.
Using club soda is a good natural remedy and will work for many spills when following this general guideline.
Knowing how to clean your carpet when it gets dirty is valuable knowledge to have. All in all if these methods and tips are maintained you are ensuring the long-term health of your carpet.