How to care for your carpet.
When it comes to the question of how to care for your carpet and maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. The dirt is extremely abrasive against the fibres of the carpet as you walk back and forth on it. The second area of focus, of course, is spot removal. You must react to “danger” spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, etc. can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately. Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.
Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer. Your carpet’s stain and soil resistant warranty, wear warranty, and texture retention warranty most likely requires periodic (at least every 12 months) professional hot water extraction cleaning by a trained, certified professional cleaner. Many warranty coverage’s last five years or longer if your carpet is maintained according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Vacuum your carpet frequently with a vacuum with a high efficiency collection bag or system. In high traffic areas, carpet manufacturers recommend you vacuum at least once or twice a week. Vacuuming removes the sharp and abrasive soil that can cut, scratch, and abrade the fibre causing premature wear. Particulate soiling left in your carpet has a sandpaper-like effect on the construction of the carpet. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.
As a general rule, professional cleaning should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often. Proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove. Not all professional cleaning firms adhere to industry standards for properly cleaning your carpet or carpet manufacturer cleaning guidelines. Our company is experienced in the proper cleaning of all types of carpets.Rest assured, your satisfaction is our guarantee.
Spot Removal and Interim Cleaning
Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet. Many also contain small amounts of bleach, never use these.
Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.
Residential carpets are treated with stain and soil resistant treatments when they are manufactured. These protective treatments will wear and traffic off over a period of time.. After a period of 1 to 2 years, carpet manufacturers recommend the re-application of a protective treatment to enhance the performance of your carpet.. You should consider having a professional carpet cleaner re-apply the treatment after professional cleaning. The soil resistor will help the soil slide off of the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective.