Carpeting is a large investment in your home, and you want it to last as long as possible. For the best methods of cleaning and protecting your carpets, check out these ten stellar tips from carpet cleaning experts to get impressive results.
At least once a week if you’re a bachelor without a busy (and messy!) family. More regular vacuuming will be necessary if you have children and pets. Regular vacuuming not only keeps your carpets looking clean…it also removes unseen dust and soil that will embed and destroy the carpet fibres.
Use a good stain remover
There are many ways of making your own stain remover. Some possible ingredients include baking powder and white vinegar. Some professional carpet cleaning companies sell their own general purpose stain removers and these are usually safe and very effective. Whatever you do, please do not use supermarket bought stain removers. They are responsible for ruining so many carpets and sofas.
Regular professional cleaning
Professional carpet cleaning extends the life of quality carpets and ultimately saves you money. It also keeps your carpets looking beautifully clean if carried out regularly. More importantly, it helps improve the health of your home and reduce allergens. Try not to leave it longer than 18 months between professional cleaning.
Change Up Furniture Design
Keeping your furniture in the same spot for years at a time causes the carpet to wear unevenly. To keep the look of your carpet consistent throughout your house, change the furniture layout often to redirect high traffic areas.
Clean Wine With Wine
Drinking wine is supposed to help you unwind, but if you have light colored carpets, it can be more stressful than relaxing. If you happen to spill red wine on your carpet, don’t stress. Simply put half a cup of white wine on the spill and soak it up with a sponge. Follow with a standard carpet cleaner to completely take out any remaining stain.
Spot Test Cleaners
Commercial cleaners can be quite effective at removing spots, but they don’t always interact well with all carpets. Before you use a new cleaner, test it on an out of the way spot for colorfastness. A carpeted closet makes a great test area.
Use Rugs and Mats
When it comes to carpets, an ounce of prevention will extend the life of your flooring. Prevent dirt from getting into your pile by placing mats at all the outdoor entrances. Use area rugs to protect high traffic areas. If you would like to go the extra mile, have people remove shoes before they enter your home.
Shag Carpets Needs Special Care
Right, shag carpets might have made a return as a must-have piece in your home, but it does not mean the shag carpets have become any easier to clean. On the contrary, most vacuums have such strong suction that it causes these carpets to shed as fibers get sucked in, become frizzy or just generally come loose. It’s as if you have a pet in your home. To avoid these shedding episodes altogether, simply vacuum only with the hose attachment. You get deep to the roots of the fibers without damaging the weave.
Ice vs. Gum
Gum is never a good thing to wind up on any carpet, but although it seems impossible to get gum removed from any fiber, doesn’t mean it’s so. The main problem is when the gum is still soft. It stretches and dealing with it at that point may lead to more damage than any results, so instead, you need to harden it. An ice cube over the gum for half a minute should be enough to freeze it and allow you to scrape it off with a spoon with limited damage to your carpet.
Premium quality carpet protection helps protect your flooring from stains and spills and ensures common stains are easier to remove. It also helps prevent dry soil from bonding to the fibres and causing permanent damage. I would recommend carpet protector if you have carpet in a particular area that is exposed to high traffic such as hallways and stairs.