Maintaining the cleanliness of your carpeting is perhaps the greatest challenge. Most of us have seen the great results after cleaning, but are all too often saddened when we see that nice crisp look go downhill. So, what’s the secret?
Well, unfortunately there is no magic involved in taking care of carpet, and to be sure the quality of the carpeting, installation, cushion, and traffic conditions all come into play with how good the carpet is going
to look over time.
There are many things though that you can easily do to assure that you are doing your best when it comes to keeping your carpeting in the best shape possible.
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES
Probably the singular, most effective way for you to begin to take care of your carpeting is by following a very stringent vacuuming schedule. Vacuuming removes the dry soils from carpet that over time dull and scratch the thermoplastic synthetic fibers. When you vacuum, make sure you don’t just do the visible soil: there is a lot of soiling that is there and some that you cannot even see. On the average, it takes about fifteen feet of walking into a home from outside to totally remove the dirt from one’s shoes, therefore make sure you attend to
those areas more carefully.
Also when you vacuum, don’t be married to particular directions of strokes. Use a variance in the way you do it… that way you will not encourage any certain lay that the nap will have. For example, try vacuuming north to south, then east to west, west to east, south to north etc. Do all of this in one session. And when we say be regular in
vacuuming, ideally you should be vacuuming at least once weekly or more thoroughly, and daily or every other day will not hurt. Do it as much as your home needs with respect to the traffic you get. Consider using a pile rake too, as these will separate the yarns, prevent matting and crushing to a degree, and just make the carpet look a little better. They’re very easy to use and worth the inexpensive investment.
Also, keep areas adjacent yo your carpeting clean. If you have a carpet off the kitchen floor, or near a slate entry way, make sure you keep those areas real clean. If your kitchen floor has an oily film on it from cooking, then you can be sure that the oily film will be on your carpet too….if not by foot traffic then just by airflow when the oil was airborn.
Keep your shoes off when you walk on your carpet. If you have an asphalt driveway at your home, you are walking oil onto your carpet each time you walk from one to the other. Oily films attract dirt and your carpet will look soiled real quick. Plus you will be avoiding sand and grit from getting into the carpet, which will only lessen its life.
Carpet is a textile and is subject to wear and poor appearance, even though it is designed as a floor covering.
Remove spots as soon as you notice them. The longer they remain on the carpet, the more difficult they will be to remove Clean traffic areas as soon as they become noticeable or even beforehand. That way you will not be doing salvage cleaning each time you clean it overall. Take the time and spend what you need to and get it looking up to par when you see it slide. Purchase a quality carpet shampoo and work it into those darker areas and use a wet vacuum to remove the excess. A professional quality shampoo will brighten the yarns as well as remove soils that will irritate. Apply a small amount with a brush and get the yarns foamy. Work it in as you need to, you do not have to kill it. Then take your wet vacuum and get it all out. For extra rinsing required, apply some cool water to the shampooed area and then rinse that out afterward. You will be amazed at what you can do when you have your mind in good control over what you are doing.
It’s a good idea to invest in a quality spraying device, like a real good pump up sprayer. That way you can apply shampoos and presprays, etc. to the carpet and avoid useless spray bottles when you are doing a large area. You will also be able to have a precise control over the amount of the product you apply, which is invaluable.