Like every other thing that you regularly use in your home, the carpet needs proper maintenance in order to increase the lifespan of carpeting. While it is important to at least have a one pass using a cleaning machine it may not be enough since debris can get into the fibers and you may need to do a thorough job. Proper carpet maintenance and cleaning is therefore not an option if you want your carpet to last longer.
Here are effective strategies you can use to keep your carpet clean, new, and fresh for years.
Vacuuming is one of the most important things you need to do as a way of preventing the buildup of soil and dirt. By keeping the coverings on your floor clean and fresh you will be creating a healthy environment within your home. The air within the house is often contaminated by the particles and dirt held in the carpet fibers. Ensure your carpet is vacuumed at least once a week. This allows for the removal of the dust, dirt, and sharp soil particles which can wear out the fibers.
Do not wait until your carpet looks dirty o soiled before vacuuming. In most cases, you won’t see these particles. Vacuum your carpet regularly to remove loose particles such as bugs, food, leaves, and dust.
- Professional Cleaning
It is important for your carpet to be cleaned by a professional firm that is not only certified but has the right experience in handling the job. This should be done at least once a year. However, you may often need professional cleaning services to clean heavy traffic areas. A professional cleaner will remove the damaging soil in these areas without leaving any residue behind. Note that vacuuming might not remove soil that is deeply embedded within the carpet fibers. Be sure to hire a professional cleaner that establishes ongoing client relationships. Also avoid taking bids over the phone.
- Protective Coatings
Carpet protectors are usually used to treat residential carpets. However, the stain resisting properties and soil resistor tend to wear off after a period of two to three years. You should, therefore, consider contacting a professional carpet cleaner to treat and reapply the carpet protector after cleaning. This makes it easier for the removal of spots and professional cleaning becomes more effective.
- Immediate spot removal and stain cleaning
If your carpet gets stained, you should act quickly and remove the stains or spot immediately. The longer you allow a stain or spot to stay on the carpet, the harder it becomes to get it off since it chemically reacts with the carpeting. Use plain tap water first to remove the stain. Avoid scrubbing a stain because this may end up damaging the fibers and creating a fuzzy area.