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Carpet Care and Maintenance 101

People often don’t realize it is quite easy to properly care for a carpet. This is an important part of any residence, as a carpet can define the look and feel of any room. One of the most important tips in carpet cleaning is to treat a stain right away. The longer food or soda, coffee, or wine stays on there, the harder it will be to remove the stain.

Immediate Steps for Cleaning

Removing stains requires care. If food has spilled onto the carpet, use a dull knife or spoon to lift up the solid material. Use a paper towel mixed with water and a little detergent, and blot at the area without scrubbing. Next, set your vacuum cleaner on high and go back and forth over the stain. You can add more water at this stage to get the area totally clean.

Liquid spills are treated a little differently. A plain white paper towel will do, and if there are any colors on it, these can bleed ink onto the carpet when it is wet, so avoid any towel/cloth with color or ink. You can also use a white absorbent cloth. Blotting the area dry will enable the stain to transfer to the cloth or paper towel material, without spreading over an even larger area. Scrubbers, brushes, and bristles should be avoided so the fibers don’t get frayed and alter the carpet’s texture.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

Carpets should be vacuumed regularly, and not just when they look dirty. This prevents dirt, pollen, soil, and other stuff from becoming more deeply embedded. The type of vacuum also matters; a suction-only machine is better for some carpets, while a beater bar and rotating brush are more effective for others. Do a thorough vacuum cleaning at least every week. Depending on traffic and usage, have a professional carpet cleaning every 6, 12, or 18 months.

For burns, use small scissors to remove the tops of the affected fibers. Curved fingernail scissors will do. A patch or complete replacement may be needed if the burn is over a larger area. Carpet fibers don’t last forever, and they can easily sprout and snag in localized areas. Pulling on them can cause more damage; instead, clip any imperfections with scissors.

Carpet owners are also familiar with the dents that furniture can leave. Moving heavy furniture from time to time can limit this stress, and the affected areas can be effectively treated by stroking them with the edge of a coin. A hair dryer can also be used.

Carpets and Pets

Dogs, cats, and other pets are notorious for soiling carpets. Properly maintaining carpets in these cases includes immediate cleanup of messes, and the tips for efficient stain and spot removal. Also, think about all the hair and dander that comes from a pet’s fur. More frequent vacuuming is necessary to keep these things from piling up within the fibers. A wet-vacuum and cool water are ideal for reducing odor but, as in many cases, a professional cleaning service can supplement your cleaning and maintenance efforts very well.



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