Tips on How to Maintain Your Carpet
Experts recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. But what happens in the meantime? What about the other 364 days between the latest and your next cleaning? It’s going to be up to you, the homeowner, to step in and make sure that your carpet gets cleaned regularly. Maintaining your carpet will not only keep it looking great in-between professional cleanings, it will also help to prolong the life of it.
There are no secrets or big revelations to carpet cleaning. It’s really as simple as just getting yourself motivated enough to do it. Vacuum regularly and clean up any spills immediately or as soon as you possibly can. The main concept is common sense. The steps to achieve clean carpet are not any more complicated.
First thing you need to do is vacuum regularly. This may be the single most important aspect of keeping your carpet maintained. It’s also the easiest. There is no rocket science involved in this step. Turn on the machine and push it. Just try to do this at least once a week. If you can vacuum more often, great. One little item to know about vacuuming is that most of the suction power comes when you pull back on the vacuum. So make sure to push and pull your vacuum cleaner in multiple directions for the best results.
Another thing you can do to help yourself out is to keep all your carpet cleaning products together in one spot. Place all your cleaning solutions, towels, sponges, etc. in a little bucket or caddy and store them away in a utility closet or someplace convenient for you. Doing this will help cut down on time when you have to clean up a spill or a pet accident.
And what about cleaning up those spills and accidents? Well the most important factor is time. The faster you can get the area cleaned up the better chance you have of preventing a stain. A stain is what happens after a spill isn’t cleaned up. And stains are a lot tougher to get out than a spill is to clean up.
The second most important part of cleaning stains is to never rub at the area. Instead, blot the spill with your towel or sponge. Rubbing will only push the liquid further into your carpet. If liquid gets into the padding beneath the carpet then you will have an additional headache to deal with.
These two items, in addition to annual professional cleanings, are the foundation to having a well-maintained carpet. If you can keep it vacuumed once a week and make sure to clean up spills ASAP, then you should enjoy a long relationship with your carpet.