Many people chose to furnish a room with carpet because they can be warm, soft, inviting and feel good on bare feet. However, as carpets can be an expensive investment, you’ll ideally want your carpet to last and continue to look good. Undoubtedly, carpet cleaning is a time consuming and inconvenient task but there are many benefits to factoring carpet cleaning into your house keeping schedule.
A well maintained carpet has many benefits such as, prolonged life span, lasting condition, better home hygiene and easier future maintenance. Therefore, here is an essential guide on how to maintain your carpets.
Vacuuming is a vital element to carpet maintenance. When done regularly, dry vacuuming of carpets can remove as much as 95% of dry soils such as dust, dirt, sand, gravel and animal fibbers. Therefore, vacuuming regularly can go a long way to maintaining the quality of your carpet. Using vacuum attachments when and where necessary will result in a more effective vacuum, eg. using brush attachments on dry spills and carpet edges.
In high traffic areas, your carpets should be vacuumed once daily as opposed to lower traffic areas which can be vacuumed a couple of times a week.
Tip: As 80% of carpet soilage is foot-borne, positioning door mats inside main entrance points can be an effective barrier and reduce the amount dirt and gravel being walked in to your carpet from shoes.
Removal of Spots and Spills
It is important to clean up spots and spills on your carpet as soon as they occur in order to prevent them drying or being worked into the carpet, resulting in it being harder to clean in the long run. If soiling is allowed to remain uncleaned, it can cause staining and diminish the appearance and quality of the carpet.
When a spill occurs:
- Attend to as soon as possible to increase chance of successful cleaning
- Don’t rub or scrub the soiling. Do ‘blot’ the spill using a cloth or towel and cleaning solution to prevent spreading or working the substance in to the carpet
- Use a cleaning solution that comprises of 1 litre of lukewarm water, 1/4 teaspoon of washing up liquid or carpet shampoo and 4 teaspoons of white vinegar
- Work from the outside of the spill, inwards.
- Don’t over wet the carpet
Periodic Restorative Cleaning
The extent of most people’s carpet cleaning regime is regular vacuuming and cleaning up spills and soils, which, although vital, isn’t enough to keep your carpet in the best condition possible.
Daily maintenance of carpets by vacuuming and spot cleaning may lift most spoilage and instantly improve the appearance, however some polluting particles, sticky substances and dust and bed mites can remain untouched by this regular maintenance.
Cleaning professionals recommend that you clean your carpet fully every twelve months. Time between these extensive cleans can be expanded by regular effective daily maintenance. In order to prevent premature replacement, keep your carpet hygienic and looking and feeling great, it is highly advisable to use a professional every so often to give your carpet a restorative clean.
Factoring all of the above carpet maintenance tasks into your general household cleaning schedule, will help keep your carpet looking fresh, clean and inviting for as long as possible.
Is it time for a professional carpet cleaning company?
A full restorative clean will clean deep into your carpet and remove all the substances left untouched by day-to-day cleaning. Such a clean is best handled by professionals who will use a variety of methods and equipment to give your carpet an effective restorative clean.
This can be achieved by a dry extraction clean which requires no drying time and can be repeated as often as necessary without damage or rapid resoling. Another method used by professionals is hot water extraction or steam cleaning. This method involves loosening soilage with liquid and removing with suction which effectively removes unwanted soils, particles and worked in spills with rewarding results.
Keep it clean!