How to Keep Your Carpets Looking New – 7 Tips From the Experts
Carpeting has many advantages over other types of flooring. It provides warmth in the winter, traps cool air in the summer, muffles noise, reduces dust and allergens in the air, and is comfortable to walk on. Proper carpet cleaning will keep your carpet looking great, improve your air quality, and save you money.
Cleaning your carpet the right way is easy. All it takes is a little know-how, and N&C Service is happy to provide this knowledge to you!
1. Get stain-resistant carpeting.
Most carpets can be treated with stain-resistant products. When you’re shopping for carpeting, be sure to mention if you have pets or children. Ask if the carpet you are considering is pre-treated. If not, check with the manufacturer to find out if the carpet can be treated with stain-resistant protection. The stain-resistant product will coat the carpet, reducing friction between the fibers and giving you extra time to clean up spills before they soak in and stain.
2. Vacuum regularly.
Dirt will shorten the life of your carpet by cutting and fraying the fibers. And carpet that is damaged from dirt will stain easier. Even if your carpet looks clean, the dirt is hiding in the fibers. Regular vacuuming is absolutely necessary to keep your carpet in good condition. You can never vacuum too often. We recommend a thorough vacuuming at least once a week, and more often for high-traffic areas.
• Be sure to vacuum both backwards and forwards to reach the most dirt.
• A full vacuum bag will reduce your vacuum cleaner’s efficiency. Be sure to change the bag when it’s 2/3 full.
3. Place a mat outside your entrances and a rug inside.
These will catch some of the dirt it reaches your carpet. You can also use carpet runners to protect high-traffic areas of your carpeting. Better to replace a worn out rug than an entire carpet!
4. Clean spills immediately.
Leaving a spill on the carpet too long can cause it to stain. When spills occur, take action quickly! Blot up liquids, don’t rub or you will fray the carpet fibers. The internet is a good resource for instruction on removing specific types of spills. For large or difficult spills, call in the carpet cleaning professionals.
5. Take off your shoes.
Removing your shoes at the door will greatly reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked across your carpet. Not only that, it will reduce the amount of dirt in your house overall, and you will need to dust, mop and vacuum less often.
• If you don’t like to walk around without shoes, consider having “house shoes” which you only worn inside.
• You can keep a shelf for guest’s shoes next to your door, and a chair for them to sit on as they remove their shoes.
• Keep a box of shoe-covers handy for service people who visit.
6. Rearrange your furniture.
By changing the position of your furniture once in a while, you can alter traffic patterns and therefore extend the life of your carpet.
7. Call the professionals.
Even if you take steps 1-4 above, dirt will build up in your carpet over time. Most experts recommend you have your carpet professionally cleaned every six months to remove the dirt your vacuum cleaner leaves behind. When you can notice the carpet needs cleaning, the damage has already begun. So remember to plan ahead!