The beauty, performance and lifespan of your carpet is directly related to the quality of care it receives. Quality carpet that is well-maintained will last you 10-15 years. Properly cleaning carpet will not only keep it looking great, but it will also help prolong its life. You will benefit from improved interior air quality and keep your warranty intact as well.
Here are some basic steps you can follow to maintain, clean spots and stains and give your carpet an interim cleaning until professional carpet cleaning is necessary.
The easiest and most effective method for keeping your carpet clean and aesthetically pleasing is proper vacuuming. A regularly scheduled vacuum removes soil from the carpet’s surface and prevents grime from being ground into the carpet pile.
A quick, once-over will suffice for cleaning carpet thoroughly–employ slow front-to-back overlapping motions. Do not press down or make excessive passes over the same spot. Move the vacuum cleaner to the right or left about every four passes.
Follow these simple tips:
- Start cleaning from the top-down. For example, dust furniture surfaces, blinds and windowsills first to eliminate the need to vacuums a second time.
- Pay extra attention to cracks and crevices because dust builds up in these areas.
- Remove and replace vacuum bags after they have reached two-thirds capacity.
Vacuum your new carpet at least once a week. If you have medium foot traffic-vacuum twice per week, and perform a daily vacuuming for rooms with heavy foot traffic.
Cleaning carpet spots and stains
Most carpet is stain resistant. Nonetheless, you should act quickly to remove any spot or stain to keep it from becoming permanent. The process consists of three steps:
- Absorb the spill – Remove any solid materials, then use plain paper towels (no color or prints) or a dry, white cloth to blot liquid spill/stain left behind. Begin at the outside of the spot and work towards the center. Continue until the areas is slightly damp
- Treat a stain –You should always test the product on a hidden area of the carpet. Make sure you follow the product instructions. Put a small amount of cleaner on a white cloth. Gently work the cleaner into the stain–from the edge to the center. Do scrub the spot or use a brush. Repeat as necessary to remove the stain.
- If you have a Shop Vac or personal carpet steamer/extractor, use plain water to extract as much of the stain material as possible. You can then use a sport cleaner such as Resolve to clean the spot using the method described in step 2 above. After cleaning, perform a fresh water rinse with the Shop Vac/steamer extractor in order to rinse any detergent residue from the area.
Do-it-yourself carpet cleaning
If you do not already own an extractor or steam cleaner, you can rent one from a local home center. Start by removing the furniture from the work area. Apply a plastic film under and around the legs of pieces that cannot be moved and then vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
Before you start cleaning carpet, ventilate the area by opening the windows or turning on the air conditioner.
Clean the carpet in the following steps:
- Follow the instructions for operating the extractor.
- Begin your carpet cleaning at the farthest point from the doorway. Work your way back towards the doorway.
- Work patiently and avoid the urge to apply an excessive amount of cleaning solution because that may over-wet the carpet. Always extract as much water as possible.
- After cleaning, do a fresh water rinse in order to remove any detergent residue. Without this step, the residue left behind can attract dirt causing your carpet to become dirty faster.
- Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on the carpet or replacing the furniture.
Maintaining air circulation until the carpet is dry is a vital step. Once it is dry, vacuum again to pick up soil that comes to the surface during the drying process.
Further steps for maintaining carpets
Carpet care is extremely important and will aid in the protection of the new flooring you invested in. If you have any questions about maintaining and cleaning carpet, contact Just Around the Corner for further help. We want to see your carpets spotless!