Home Carpet cleaning Tips – Are Your Carpets in need of Some Special Attention?
Are you getting tired of grungy looking carpets? Your carpets and rugs take a lot of abuse from rambunctious children, pets, spills during the game, and people who forget to wipe their feet before entering your home. The floor coverings in your home represents a substantial investment as well, and they are worth keeping clean to prolong their life. As you continue to read this article, I will give you some insight about carpet cleaning and how to get your carpets clean and fresh again.
Dirt is an abrasive like sandpaper, and it is what will cause the “wear” in your carpet. Regular vacuuming can remove much of the surface dirt; however a thorough carpet cleaning becomes necessary to do a deep cleaning to remove the abrasives at the base of the carpet fibers. Carpet traps allergens, dirt, dander and dust mites which are all unhealthy for you and your family. Professional carpet cleaning is important to maintain your carpets appearance and performance. It will extend the life of your carpet and creates a healthier home environment.
Spot and stain removal is another service to consider with professional carpet cleaning. Often times, you are unable to completely eliminate the spot or stain on your own, however you can make it substantially better.
Here are a few tips you can try;
Always pretest any cleaning agent on an inconspicuous part of the carpet and let it dry to be certain it will not harm your carpet.
Use store bought “spotters” sparingly as they will leave residue and cause the area to re-soil much faster and make it more difficult to remove professionally as well.
Clean up spills or spots as soon as possible.
Blot up liquids quickly, dabbing lightly with a clean white towel or paper towel.
If the spot is wet, blot it, don’t rub. Rubbing will harm the fibers and possibly “lock” in the stain.
Apply warm water, not hot, to the spill or stain and blot with a clean white cloth or paper towels. Be careful not to flood, and blot until all moisture and stain is removed.
To remove greasy stains, apply a nonflammable dry-cleaning agent to the spot with a white towel.
The final step is to blot any remaining moisture or cleaning solution from the carpet by pressing the area with an absorbent towel.
The longer the stain sets, the harder it is to remove.
Typically, residential carpet requires cleaning every 12 to 18 months, depending on how many are in your household, and the type of wear it receives. You can either conduct the entire cleaning process yourself or hire professionals to do it. Rental machines that use warm or hot water are the most popular for residential use, and most readily available. However, with repeated cleanings, detergent can accumulate in the carpet and cause faster re-soiling and possibly some discoloration on its own. Repeated attempts to clean stubborn areas over again can cause over wetting and its additional problems, as the small machines simply do not have the suction power to extract all of the additional moisture.
When spots, stains and traffic patterns have made your household carpet unsightly, cleaning by D-I-Y methods can be hard work, require many hours of intense labor and may not enhance the appearance of your carpets as much as you would like. The obvious conclusion is that D-I-Y carpet cleaning methods are not a substitute for professional cleaning.
Generally people prefer calling on a professional because cleaning your carpets yourself can be time consuming and very hard work, and not nearly as effective. Professional Hot water Extraction (steam cleaning) on a regular basis is the method recommended by most carpet manufactures in order to maintain their warranty requirements. Professional carpet cleaning is required to remove the deep down soil and grit in your carpet that vacuuming does not reach, and creates a healthier environment in your home. Selecting a professional cleaning service with powerful “truck mounted” equipment and a good reputation will insure the highest level of satisfaction.