Carpet Care Tips
By Steve Gillman
The most important of these suggestions? You'll find it at
the top of the list below. Use the five other tips as well, and
you'll get years more use from your carpet.
Top Six Carpet Care Tips
1. Keep Carpet Clean
Dirt and sand act like thousands of little razor blades that
cut carpet fibers. Damaged carpet stains more easily, and it's
harder to remove the stains from it as well. So if you vacuum
often to remove dirt your carpet will last longer.
2. Use Rugs
Place rugs outside and inside the front door, and at any other
entrances as well. They can catch much of the dirt that people
bring in on their shoes. That means less vacuuming and longer
carpet life. Be sure to shake out those rugs once in a while,
3. Remove Shoes
Having no shoes worn in the house is a sure way to make carpet
last longer. If you have a nice home with nice carpet, people
usually aren't offended by this policy. Alternately you can have
a tiled area near the entrance and only carpet some parts of
the home--with the rule that shoes come off for those rooms.
4. Clean Stains Quickly and Properly
If using a cleaning solvent other than water, apply it to
a cloth first, and work it in from the outside of the stain to
the center, so you don't spread the spot. Apply the cleaner,
extract (blot), rinse, extract, and repeat until you can't get
more of the stain out. Extract solvents completely, and dry the
carpet quickly when you're done. If there is any stain remaining
deeper down in the carpet, quick drying prevents it from wicking
up to the surface.
5. Use a Shop-Vac
A wet/dry vacuum cleaner (also known as a "shop-vac")
is a great help when cleaning stains. You can't just suck out
the stain, but you can repeatedly wash and rinse the area, and
suck the solution out each time.It's more effective than blotting
up the water with cloth, mostly because you won't have the patience
to wash, rinse and extract enough times if you're using paper
towels or cloth.
6. Vacuum Before Cleaning
Before you or your professional cleaner get started, vacuum.
This makes the whole process more effective.
7. Clean Properly
If you use a portable carpet cleaning machine, at least get
the water as hot as you can, and dry the carpet quickly, using
fans to move the air around. You won't match the results of a
good truck-mount hot water extraction unit. However, if you want
to save money, doing your own cleaning can lengthen the time
between expensive professional cleanings.
Do you want carpet clean enough for the kids to play on? Want
it to last for years longer than normal? Just follow the guidelines
and tips here.
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