You’ve invested in your floors with a new carpet, now you want to make sure you get the most out of carpet. Below are some general tips you can use to help you keep your carpet looking nice and clean.
The first step to keeping your carpet in good shape is regular vacuuming. At a minimum, vacuum carpets once a week, more for heavy traffic areas. Frequent vacuuming prolongs carpet life by removing particles that can cut and stain carpet fibers. Take your time while vacuuming, make multiple passes, and use a crisscross pattern. A quick pass may get that stray string up off the carpet, but it won’t get the grit and dirt within the carpet and between its threads. Also, vacuum from different angles in high traffic areas to maximize dirt removal.
Most carpets come with a soil retardant. Over time the efficacy of this retardant diminishes and it’s a good idea to add more after a while. A soil retardant is a coating of the carpet fibers that helps reduce the absorption of dust and dirt into the fibers. It also makes cleaning up spills easier and keeps the dirt on top which aids in vacuuming. Only use soil retardants recommended by the manufacturer and it’s best to consult a professional when considering retardants.
Over time your carpet can lose that shine. Often the carpet under a piece of furniture looks cleaner than that exposed to the elements. Then there are the grimy circles around chair legs. If you see any of these things occurring with your carpet, it’s time for a professional cleaning. For the best results, hire a professional. Often rental machines may leave a dirt attracting residue the result of their special solutions. If you have a busy household an annual deep cleaning will help keep your carpet fresh looking and extra clean.
Common carpet spills or messes and quick tips to clean them:
Coffee spills – blot spill immediately. Mix a teaspoon of mild detergent and a teaspoon of white vinegar to a quart of warm water. Apply the solution to the spot and let dry. After, apply dry-cleaning fluid. Vacuum once dry.
Chewing gum – a sticky mess, the best technique to removing gum from carpet is applying ice to gum. Once it hardens, the gum can be pulled entirely off.
Crayon – if you have kids, you’ve probably seen a crayon or two smashed into the carpet. Scrape away the crayon excess and place a blotting cloth over the crayon stain. Use an iron to warm up the area until the blotter absorbs the melted crayon. Afterwards, apply a dry-cleaning solution, let dry, and then vacuum.
Red wine – if you spill red wine on your carpet, spill some white wine on it to dilute it. After which clean the spot with cold water and then cover the spot with table salt. After ten minutes, vacuum up the salt.
With regular vacuuming, annual deep cleaning, and armed with some tips on how to handle some common spills, you can take good care of your carpet and get long lasting use out of your flooring investment.