Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. Understanding the right way to clean a carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time. Below are ten simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great!
Vacuuming every 2-3 days, depending on traffic with a CRI-approved (Carpet & Rug Institute) vacuum. Visit www.carpet-rug.org for more information.
Cleaning with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to re-soil more quickly.
Deep clean your carpets every 12-18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime. Restaurants and other high traffic/heavily soiled spaces should be cleaned every 2 months
Use these strategically near high-traffic doors
If you can hear sand being vacuumed from your carpet for more than a few seconds or there is more debris on your carpet than the rug, you may need a larger surface mat
You can save wear and tear on your carpets by asking everyone to take off their shoes before entering your home. If such a request is too demanding or uncomfortable for your guests, make sure they wipe their feet well on a floor mat to reduce debris in the treads of their shoes. This will help remove particles that can cause friction on carpet fibers.
Change your air filters in your heating and air-conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturer's directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the fewer that fall onto the carpet.
For many of us, pets are an extension of our families. While pets are wonderful, they are no strangers to making messes and leaving behind that distinct pet odor. When pets lay directly on the carpet, oil & dander will saturate that spot making restorative cleanings almost impossible. Try placing a mat or dog bed over your pet's favorite spot to avoid direct contact with your pet's fur and oil.
Moving your furniture often can help prevent permanent carpet indentations that are noticeable and mat down carpet fibers. Using furniture coasters can make moving furniture easier.
There are temporary and permanent protectors on the market: