Carpet Cleaning Guide
Carpets become one of the must-have items in one’s house because it gives comfort, warmth, and good insulation. Plus, it adds a luxurious style in the house. But over time, your floor gets exposed to different kinds of dirt from the bottom of the shoes to animal fleas and fur.
Why vacuuming isn't enough in cleaning carpets?
One of the common practice in carpet cleaning is vacuuming. Vacuuming regularly is recommended because it extends the life expectancy of the fabric and helps to improve the family’s health. While vacuuming regularly has a lot of benefits, unfortunately, it is not enough since vacuums can only reach the top layer of the fibers. The dirt from the base remains untouched and possibly can lead to bacteria buildup that can spread around the house. To prevent this from happening, a thorough carpet cleaning is necessary at least once a year, but make it two if homeowners have children and pets.
Carpet cleaning can be done in two ways: homeowners can do it by themselves or hire a professional crew. Since carpet cleaning is a time-consuming and challenging household chore, some prefer to hire a professional company to avoid the stress. But for others who have previous experience in carpet cleaning, or just up for the challenge, they decide to do it themselves. DIY cleaning is a good option as well and a total money-saver. But just like all the other things, it also has some risks like the rented or purchased machine’s quality and power is not as strong as the professional machines, or not putting the right amount of cleaner solution on the machine that can result to rapid re-soiling. But do not worry when it’s done properly, everything is paid off.
Do’s and Don’ts of carpet cleaning
• Do’s: First, check the carpet type. There are different types of fabric (wool, synthetic, plant and more) and each of them has their own care and maintenance guidelines. Take time to become familiar with it before starting to ensure you will only use the right cleaner solution and apply the best cleaning method for your floor's needs. The guidelines can be read on the maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer. Second, re-apply a Carpet Protector. Different fabrics come with a layer of protection against wear and stains. But over time, it wears off making the floor more prone to stains and dirt. That is the reason it’s recommended to reapply a carpet protector after the process to keep the floor's appearance fresh, soft, and dirt-free. Plus, the carpet protector helps the product to lasts longer. And lastly, wait for several minutes until the floor is completely dry before stepping in again.
• Don't: Avoid putting too much water or cleaning solution. Spilling too much water or cleaner solution has a negative effect on carpets. It can lose its color, shrink it, or can lead to mildews and molds build up. When it comes to stain, never rubs it. Usually homeowners will rub it immediately to remove it faster. That is wrong, one must never rub stains because it just spread it out. The best way to do this is by getting a spoon or knife to scoop the solids then follow the best method based on your fabric type. Also, avoid using strong cleaning products. Strong chemicals can damage the fabric so make sure to buy only environment-friendly, mild and safe to use products. If one is unsure of the effect of a certain product, they can test it on one small portion of the floor and see the result.
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