Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Fresh!
Well here are some Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Fresh!
Chances are it has not been given the proper care to keep it looking fresh. When you purchase carpet to be installed in your home, it’s a good idea to ask the salesperson for a copy of the warranty and care guide for your particular type of carpet. If you do not receive it at the time of purchase, call the retailer back they will be happy to provide you with a copy.
Most manufacturers recommend vacuuming as the number one type of care for your carpet. Spot cleaning small spills and stains instantly is key to keeping your carpet looking new between professional cleanings. Helpful resources for spot cleaning, different types of stains, and carpet would be your specific carpet manufacturer or The Carpet and Rug Institute (www.carpet-rug.org) or the after-sales service department of your carpet retailer. Keep in mind that no carpet is 100% stain proof however; you can certainly remove most stains from your carpet with items found under the kitchen sink. For example: non lanolin, non concentrated soap like Ivory or Dawn dish soap, vinegar, and Goof-Off are great carpet cleaners!
Another fact most us of tend to forget, most carpet manufacturers suggest having your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-24 months. Manufacturers typically suggest the hot water extraction method to clean the carpet. This method is not what it seems. You would think that it would require pushing water into the carpet and pulling it back out. This is not the case. Hot water extraction simply means that the carpet is being steam cleaned. Carpet manufacturers almost never recommend using machines such as a rental or an at home carpet cleaner to clean carpets. They tend to leave soap in the carpet which causes the carpet to look dull and dirty rather quickly. Not only does professional cleaning keep your carpet looking new, but it also keeps your warranty valid. Please refer to your manufacturer’s care guide for details.
Just remember these Tips for Keeping Your Carpet Fresh! Vacuum your carpet on a regular basis, spot clean when necessary, and have your carpet professionally cleaned on the manufacturers recommended schedule to maximize the life of your carpet!