HELP KEEP YOUR CARPET LIKE NEW
HOME CARE TIPS FOR YOUR CARPET
Carpet can last quite a long time with the right care. All it takes is some TLC, a bit of professional attention every now and then, and quick thinking in case of emergency. Help maintain the beautiful color and texture of the carpet in your home with some regular upkeep and a handful of helpful tidbits when things go awry. Check out these tips to help protect your flooring investment.
TREAT SPILLS IMMEDIATELY
The longer a spill sits on the carpet, the more difficult it will be to remove.
Pick up as much of the mess as you can. Use a spoon or a dull knife for solid pieces.
Pour hot water on the spill area.
Blot this with a clean towel. Don’t assume the mess is cleaned after most of the residue is gone. Get out your trusty vacuum cleaner for the final step. Use the highest suction level and go back and forth over the wet area. The hand-held attachment seems to work best for this.
Particularly difficult messes can usually be cleaned by repeating the water, blot, and vacuum process. Repeat this until the mess is gone and the carpet is fully dry.
You don’t want to leave a wet spot on the carpet because that can cause mold to grow, which brings on a whole new set of problems.
LIMIT USE OF SOLVENTS/DETERGENTS
As you may have noticed, it’s not always necessary to use a solvent or a detergent to clean up a mess. If water alone doesn’t clean the mess, you can use a limited amount of detergent. This should be used sparingly because the chemicals can damage the integrity of the carpet fibers, especially if used improperly or excessively over time.
Check that the cleaning products you use are approved by The Carpet and Rug Institute of America. It’s important to test the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot of the carpet, in case it does damage or changes the color. Please note, if it damages the carpet, consult an expert for professional stain removal.
When you know the chemical is safe to use, apply several drops to a clean white cloth and blot the stain. If this particularly pesky stain still doesn’t come up, you can try this last trick we have up our sleeves. Create a solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and 97 percent water. Pour it on the stain. Let it stand for one hour. Blot. Then, repeat this if necessary until it’s completely clean.
A good ol’ regular cleaning can do wonders for the lifespan of your carpet. Invest in a good vacuum that has a strong suction level. Regular vacuuming (at least once a week) prevents soil from embedding itself in the carpet fibers as it is continuously walked over.
Different types of carpet can benefit from certain types of vacuums. You may need a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar, or one with suction only.
Hire Professional Cleaning Annually
For an average household, professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months is enough to keep your carpets looking like new. However, busier houses or businesses may want to schedule more regular cleanings to keep up with the traffic levels. A deep clean once a year can be compared to a trip to the doctor’s office for a physical checkup. An examination by an expert can help make sure things are in good working order. Plus, it smells so good after a thorough, deep steam clean throughout the house.
OR IN CASE OF EMERGENCY...
Call a professional right away. Excessive water damage can be the end of your carpet, but not necessarily. With speedy action, the carpet can be saved. On the contrary, water that sits for a long time on carpet can lead to the complete loss of the flooring and an unwelcomed mold problem.
After you call for help, get to work. First, make sure the area is safe. Then, focus on the water removal. Pros can bring along extraction machines, but you can begin the process by using buckets, mops, towels, and wet vacs. Check out one of our blogs to learn more about how to clean up a huge water mess.
PERFORM SMART MAINTENANCE
See that snag in your carpet? Don’t pull it! Instead, use scissors to clip snags and sprouts. Is your carpet burned? Curved fingernail scissors can do the trick. Cut off the top burned pieces with these scissors. Large burn areas may need to be patched.
Heavy furniture dents can be revived with the edge of a coin. Stroke the areas of carpet that are matted with the coin. If that doesn’t quite work, grab a hair dryer or steam iron… but don’t touch the carpet with the iron. If you do, check out that tip about fixing burned carpet.
Ultimately, the integrity and longevity of your carpet depend largely on how you care for it through the years. To summarize, it’s important to vacuum regularly and clean up spills immediately. When it comes to super tough stains and excessive amounts of water, call the pros for some help. Finally, sometimes it just takes a little bit of elbow grease and the right solution to fix your carpet woes. Most carpet can be restored to look like new after some TLC.
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