In order to keep your carpets clean and allow them to last longer, you need some expert tips from the specialists in the industry.
1. Make Haste
Clean any spills, wet or dry as quickly as possible. Vacuum or sweep up dry spills or messes immediately to prevent them from being trampled into the pile. Dab or blot wet spills (never rub) to remove any excess moisture promptly to prevent the liquid from spreading. Use a paper towel or a white absorbent cloth/towel. Use a vacuum to suck up any additional moisture. If the spill is still visible, call in the experts to clean the area. Using the incorrect cleaning detergent or technique can cause the stain to set and become permanent.
Use carpet protectors to prevent spills and dirt from getting into your carpet in the first place. Protectors are ideally placed at entrances and in other high traffic areas. Carpet runners, rugs and mats make ideal carpet protectors. The bonus is that these will also help protect the pile and prevent it from becoming compacted. However, take care to move the protectors around to prevent a visible difference between the protected area and surrounding carpet from occurring.
3. No Shoes
Make it a policy to remove shoes before entering a room with a carpeted area. The amount of dirt and microorganisms that are tracked in on the bottom of shoes is largely responsible for wear and tear as well as dirty carpets. Simply wiping your shoes on a mat before entering is not an effective solution. Wear socks or house slippers when walking on the carpets. Remember that the skin on the soles of your feet exude oils that will not only add to dirtying the carpets but will also attract dirt.
4. Suck It Up
Vacuum regularly – at least once a week is recommended for most types of carpets. It is a common misconception that vacuuming damages your carpets so more than once a week is even better. Remember to pay attention to those hidden areas under or behind furniture items. Use an attachment to vacuum along the edges of the carpet where it meets the skirting board. Take a little extra time to vacuum high traffic areas or vacuum these areas more frequently. The more often you vacuum, the less likely it will be that dirt will have the chance to collect and become compacted into the carpet fibres.
5. Household Pets
Pets are a huge factor when it comes to keeping carpets clean. Not only do they track dirt in from the outdoors but shed hair, eat on the floor and may even use your carpet as a toilet. Pets also have odours that can draw into the carpet fibres for an unpleasant smell. So keep your pets off the carpets as much as possible and get them a bed, blanket or even a rug of their own where they can lay down comfortably without affecting the carpets.
6. Pet Messes
Removing urine (or feces) from pets can be particularly problematic. Not only do you have the stain to contend with but the unwanted odour that can hang around for weeks or days. Getting rid of the smell is also important to prevent your pet from returning to the same area and performing the same unwanted behavior over and over again. Clean pet stains using cold water. Pour the water on the stain and then dab with a dry, white cloth or towel to remove excess moisture. Continue the process until the stain and odour disappear entirely. If this fails, contact the pros who know exactly how to treat and eliminate pet odours and stains.
7. Watch The Weather
Keep an eye on your local weather report and if it looks like rain, snow or other wet weather, take some extra measures to protect your carpets from mud and other unwanted dirt being tracked in. Place an old towel or sheet at the entrances to your home to reduce the amount of dirt that is carried onto the carpets. Ask visitors and residents in your home to remove their wet shoes and coats at the door.
8. The Carpet Cleaning Pros
Your carpets need a professional clean on a regular basis. It is recommended to call in the expert carpet cleaners like Flawless Carpet Cleaning at least once a year and more often for busy households where carpets are likely to get dirty faster. Remember to do a little research into the different service providers in your area and compare costs and cleaning techniques as well as skill and expertise. Make sure that they are using quality carpet cleaning chemicals and that they won’t cut any corners. You should also choose experts that use suitable chemicals and techniques for your type of carpet. Incorrect cleaning can lead to warping, shrinkage or other damage to your carpets.