Cleaning your carpet requires some basic understanding of the type of stains, their location and removing them without harming the fibers of your carpet. If you begin with a plan of removing dirt and stains in layers, you will have a better chance at getting a cleaner and unharmed carpet. |
The first step is to vacuum your carpet while totally dry. You should vacuum considerably longer than if you were doing your daily vacuuming. Allow the dust in the room that has become unsettled by the vacuuming to settle and vacuum again. Take a wet mop that has been saturated in a cleaning detergent and go over the carpet immediately afterwards. Rinse your mop and continue to mop your carpet and to rinse your mop. You will notice that your rinse water looks muddy. That is soil that you are removing from the middle of your carpet.
The number one, without a doubt most important action you can do to maintain your carpets is vacuuming. When soil is up on top of the carpet fibers, it is easy to remove. Once soil travels down into the base of the fibers and eventually into the backing of the carpet, cleaning becomes much more difficult. Wear and tear on carpet fibers occurs when miniscule pieces of sand and grit damage and even cut the carpet fibers. Vacuuming traffic areas at least three times per week will add years to the life of your carpets. Vacuuming all of your carpets at least once per week is also important. How often you should vacuum really depends on your environment.
Next in importance is carpet cleaning of spots as soon as you notice them. The longer a substance stays in the carpet fibers, the more difficult it is to get it out. Many stains will clean up with plain water if you blot them up immediately. Always use the proper type of spot remover on spots. Some spots will set in forever if you use the wrong solution on it.
Don't overwork your carpet with the mop. If you notice a stain, spray it with a stain remover that can be a combination of white vinegar and water worked in with a soft cleaning cloth. You may not be able to get out all of the stains if your carpet is heavily soiled. Don't try too hard as your efforts might harm your carpet.
Fiber protection does not mean that your carpets won't get dirty, it means that most spills and spots will be clean off easily. Poor quality fiber protection is pretty much useless, however, good quality fiber protection applied once per year to high traffic areas and once every couple of years to non-high traffic areas, does help. The only areas I would really focus on would be areas likely to have things spilled on them.
Use walk-off mats Use walk-off mats inside and out to keep dirt off the carpeting. Coarse-textured mats outside your doors remove soil. Water-absorbent mats inside prevent wet shoes on the carpeting.
You may try to explore the help of pros, check out Auckland Carpet Cleaning Steam ‘n' Dry which provides appropriate and gentle cleaning services for your carpet needs
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