Your carpets represent a substantial investment in your home. Carpets protect the subfloor beneath. They add comfort, color, and warmth to a room. They provide a barrier between your bare feet and the cold floor in the winter months. Carpets do many jobs in our homes, and they’re not cheap to replace.
Periodically having your carpets professionally cleaned goes a long way toward ensuring that they’ll remain both functional and attractive for as long as possible. But there’s more you can do to keep your carpets clean, lush, and beautiful for years to come.
Here’s a list of simple Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to maintaining your carpet investment.
- Place welcome mats at ground level entry areas to contain dust and soil tracked in from outside.
- Clean these mats regularly.
- Ask family members and guests to remove their shoes at the door.
- Implement a regular vacuuming schedule (daily for most businesses dealing with the public; weekly for homes; twice weekly for pet owners.)
- Vacuum room edges and under furniture every second or third time you vacuum.
- If you have pets, bathe and brush them regularly to reduce hair, dander and dirt in the home.
- Avoid bringing juicy or sticky foods into carpeted rooms.
- Serve beverages to children in cups with tight-fitting lids.
- Spills happen. When they do, act fast to mitigate the stain. The longer you wait, the more likely the stain will set in the fibers and absorb into the carpet padding. This can lead to odor and mold growth.
- Keep a small remnant of your carpet for testing new spot cleaners or other cleaning solutions before using them on the installed carpet.
- Have your carpet professionally cleaned for maintenance (Yearly for homes, more often for businesses.)
- Vigorously scrub a carpet stain. This is an ineffective practice that will actually push the stain farther down into the carpet, while fraying the carpet fibers. Blot instead of scrubbing.
- Use the wrong cleaning product. To avoid permanent damage or discoloration, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- Use deodorant powders incorrectly. Deodorizing powders can leave gunky residue on your carpet, which can become more and more noticeable with repeated use.
- Rent faulty carpet cleaning equipment. Unfortunately, rental equipment is often improperly maintained. Sometimes rental machines can do more harm than good.
With proper maintenance practices, you can get the most out of your carpet for many years to come! If you live in Western NC and are in need of one-time or regularly scheduled carpet cleaning for your home or business, give us a call at 828.772.1824 or use our contact form to get in touch today!