Carpet Care and Maintenance Tips

November 19th, 2012

According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, taking care of your carpeting means more than just cleaning it. In fact, after much study and testing, they have found the following to be true:

  • It is 65% less expensive to maintain carpeting than hard surface flooring.
  • Hard surface flooring requires 2 ½ times more cleaning per year than carpeting does; in addition, hard flooring cleaners cost seven times more than carpet cleaning supplies.
  • Vacuuming is the single most effective means of keeping carpeting clean.

So, what is necessary to ensure that your carpets look as great five years later as the day they are installed? Is it a rigorous cleaning schedule using the most expensive vacuum cleaner on the market? No. Rather, it is a possible to have great looking carpeting, even in your most heavily trafficked rooms, by understanding and accomplishing the tips shared here.

  1. Put down mats in the entryways and exits to your home to remove abrasive sand and grit.
  2. Rearrange your furniture from time to time to prevent permanent indentations in your carpeting.
  3. When installing your carpeting, use the best carpet cushion you can afford as this will extend the life of your carpeting by providing the support it needs.
  4. Weekly vacuuming with a standard upright vacuum is sufficient. For high traffic areas, you may wish to vacuum twice weekly.
  5. Professional steam cleaning should be done at least once every 18 months and is what manufactures require to maintain the warranties.

Although carpet fiber is stain resistant, that does not mean they cannot be stained. Should something be spilled on you carpeting, take action immediately by blotting up all excess liquid with white paper towels or white cotton towels. Determine if the spill is water or oil base to find the best method to choose.  There are several alternatives available for home stain removal that you can choose from.

  • Solvents- These are for stains such as oil, markers or ink. When applying solvent, be sure to allow it to set on the stained area for at least 30 minutes then remove by blotting with paper towels, then follow with warm soapy water to “sop up” the solvent and the stain. It may be necessary to repeat the process more than once. Always blot, never rub.
  • Dry powders – for grease-based stains this can be an easy option. Dry powders should be applied over the stain and allowed to sit and absorb the spill. After some time (directions will be on the package), use a vacuum to take up the powder.
  • For stains such as dyes, wine or foods, there are a variety of methods that can be employed. Some of the more common are using club soda for wine spills, shaving cream followed with vinegar and water for food stains, and nail polish remover with amyl acetate can be used for grease foods or even paint stains. Always rinse well with cool water and blot dry.
  • Laundry products such as Shout and Spray N Wash are effective stain removal remedies.  Again always follow with a cool water rinse that is blotted dry.

Carpet maintenance does not have to mean being hyper vigilant. Rather, it is merely making it a point to keep your carpeting clean and treating stains quickly and properly. If you are unsure about how to best take care of your carpets, then click here to contact us today!