You’re probably aware of the huge benefits a professional cleaning service can have on your carpet. Aside from restoring its original look a professional carpet clean can also add years to the life of your carpet. That said there’s also a downside and that is heavy or deep cleaning doesn’t come cheap. Therefore the best combination for your carpet and for your wallet is to maintain it as best you can so that when you do have to call on the services of the professionals, it should only need a light spring clean. With this in mind, just how do you keep your carpet looking like new and avoid unsightly stains and grime. Let’s take a closer look.
Leave any dirt at the door
In an ideal world you’d probably ask friends, family, and visitors to take their shoes off before entering your home. However this isn’t always feasible and even when it is, some people feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about asking. Therefore a better and hassle-free alternative is to use outdoor and indoor mats and runners where people can wipe their feet before they enter. Did you know for example that 90% of dirt deposited off a shoe onto a carpet occurs during the first step? The simple act of wiping it away sees the majority of this dirt remaining on your mat or runner and not deposited onto your carpet.
Changing air filters
Carpets are a huge attraction for dust and dirt particles which can collect deep within the carpet fibres. Over time these can be ground in when walked over thus compressing them further. As they’re compressed they act like pieces of sandpaper and can wear away fibres easily, giving your carpet a flat look. The simple act of regularly changing your filters in HVAC and air purifying systems will ensure that most of the particles are picked up before they have a chance to spill onto your carpet.
Clean spots fast
Sometimes accidents are unavoidable and when they do you need to act fast. The longer the delay the higher the probability of the stain penetrating further into your carpet, thus making it more difficult to remove. Remember blot (not scrub) the area to remove the vast majority of the stain or spill, then spray with a light vinegar/water solution to clean the area. Blot again with some dry paper towel and repeat if necessary.
Even though vacuuming won’t shift particles that have penetrated deep down into your carpet fibres, regular vacuuming will ensure any recent dust, dirt, or grime doesn’t hang around too long making it easier to remove. So how often should you vacuum your carpets? This depends on the amount of use it gets. For example, carpet that experiences heavy traffic like a hotel foyer or busy office should be vacuumed once a day to achieve best results. The same goes for a home carpet that gets walked over by pets and children. On the other end of the scale – a room that’s barely used will probably only need vacuuming every few weeks. In the main you should be looking at reaching for the vacuum cleaner anywhere between 1 and 5 times a week for best results.
So there you have it! How to keep your carpet looking like new for longer. If you would like to return your rug or carpet to its former glory then you might want to call in Carpet Cleaning Kings. We’ve been in the industry for many years and our experience coupled with the latest equipment ensures that when we’ve finished your carpet is deep down clean. Contact us on 1300 7000 75 for a free no-obligation quote and take the first steps towards prolonging the life of your carpet.