Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Follow these carpet cleaning tips to keep your carpet looking fresh and as good as new!
Installing a new carpet is expensive. As such, it becomes very important to maintain it, and make it last for as long as possible. An unclean carpet can begin to house mold, bugs, and other allergens that can lead to a lot of health problems. Even walking on the carpet with shoes, brings in dirt, which can shorten its life. To keep your home looking fresh and new, take a look at these tips which help you clean and maintain your carpet for a longer duration.

The proverb, 'prevention is better than cure' applies to all aspects of life, carpet cleaning even. Being careful by preventing spilling, staining, or unnecessary dirt accumulation is the key to prolonging the freshness and overall life of the carpet. However, if the damage has already been done, keep these tips in mind.
  1. Vacuum your carpet, at least every alternate day, in order to keep it dust and bug-free. Then, in case, there is a stain, you will only have to deal with it, and not other collected dust and dirt, which may surface in the process of carpet stain removal.
  2. Identify the material your carpet is made of (wool, silk, cotton, or other fibers), before opting for different products and methods to clean it. Each product for each type of carpet is different, and using the wrong one may permanently damage it.
  3. Carpet cleaning is not only about wetting a stain, rubbing it, and allowing it to dry. Several products and methods are required for effective stain removal.
  4. Try to prevent spillage, but if there is any, ensure that you clean it as soon as possible. If it is done immediately, just using water will help. If that does not help, you will have to use a suitable cleaning product, one that is suits the type of carpet and stain. You may also use your own homemade cleaners for effective stain removal.
  5. In the process, don't scrub vigorously as it can damage the fibers, the stain can spread further, and in some cases, create a permanent patch.
  6. In some cases, a stain may be temporarily eliminated, but resurface later. Place a cloth on the stain overnight, which will absorb it, and follow the carpet cleaning process, in order to avoid such a situation.
  7. Never use a product to coat a stain. This will make the stain tougher to eliminate, and retain all the dirt. If the stain does not go, just leave it for your next cleaning session.
  8. If you are using a commercial product, ensure that you read the instructions before you use it. Using a very mild shampoo for regular care is a good way of keeping the carpet clean and hygienic. The reason is, it is not easy to remove shampoo residue completely. This makes the carpet sticky and attracts dust and dirt to stick to the carpet, resulting in several health hazards.
  9. Also, do not wet the carpet too much while cleaning. This can cause it to shrink. It will take longer to dry, and walking on a wet carpet will only invite more dirt.
  10. To remove mold and mildew, clean it with a solution of non-chlorine bleach and salt. This solution is also suitable for colored carpets.
  11. Steam clean it once in a while to thoroughly eliminate accumulated dust and dirt. You can do this by hiring steam carpet cleaners, whenever required.
  12. Do not use steam cleaning for a wool carpet as this will damage its fibers.
The best way to prevent dirt accumulation is to place an entrance mat outside your house. That way, you can ensure that people dust their feet outside, and bring in minimal dust and dirt. As mentioned before, installing a carpet is expensive, so the better you maintain it, the longer it will last, and the entire expense will be completely worth it.
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