Carpet life is directly related to the amount of soil within it. Normal household dirt and dust is abrasive to your carpet. Frequent vacuuming not only keeps your carpet cleaner, it significantly reduces wear and tear (cause by abrasive soils) in traffic areas. A quality, well maintained vacuum cleaner can make this job a snap.
Adopt a “no shoes” policy in your home. Not only do shoes track in dirt from the outside, they can be very abrasive to your carpeting. House slippers or socks are the best way to go.
Strategic placement of durable scuff mats or area rugs (ideally not on top of the installed carpeting) adjacent to the highest traffic areas can help keep your carpet cleaner and may help to reduce uneven wear patterns. Using carpet remnants on top of your carpeting will cause the carpet to wear faster, as the rough backing on remnants is highly abrasive.
Cleaning up spots and spills: Avoid using home remedies or cleaners not formulated for carpeting. Many cleaning agents contain detergents or other chemicals that can actually “set” a stain or cause color loss.
The first thing to do is to remove any excess liquid and/or matter from the carpet by blotting with copious amounts of paper toweling or with a shop vac. Apply a small amount of spotting agent to a clean white terry towel and then work from the outer edges of the spill towards the center to prevent further spreading.
Do not rub excessively or use a brush as permanent fiber distortion can result. Once removed blot dry the area as much as possible after treatment and air dry or simply place a pile of paper toweling over the area and weigh down.
To eliminate oily soils and maintain a healthy home schedule professional carpet cleaning at least once a year – more often if you have kids or pets. Cleaning on a regular basis will significantly extend the life of your carpet. Remember, as a rule of thumb, it’s easier to maintain your carpet than to restore it. Always insist upon a certified professional technician.
If you have any questions or concerns about your carpet, please call us. We’d love to be of assistance. Advice is always free.