Everyone likes to think that they are keeping their carpets clean by vacuuming regularly and blotting up stains. But, did you know that most carpet warranties will be void if you don’t have your carpets cleaned at least every 12-24 months?
The bottom line, vacuuming isn’t enough. Professional cleaning is the only way to truly clean your carpets. It is also better for your health.
You should have your carpets cleaned at least twice per year and, if you have pets, then you should have them cleaned even more frequently. The dirt that is left on carpet it will rip and wear down the fibers of the carpet. Some people try to care for their carpets themselves. However, this can be harmful to your health. The biggest issue we see from people trying to steam clean their own carpet is mold. Water and carpet do not mix well and can start to grow mold very easily. A professional carpet cleaning company is trained to remove almost all of the moisture.
In-between professional carpet cleaning, its important to continue to care for your carpet. Here are a few tips that will help preserve your carpet.
You should vacuum at least once weekly. If there are areas of your home that experience higher traffic, then you should vacuum more often.
If you have rugs, take them outside and beat the dirt out and then vacuum them. This will help get more dirt out and prevent further damage.
Vacuuming too quickly is not as effective as vacuuming slowly. So, slow down next time you vacuum.
If you spill something on your carpet, we suggest blotting it up as soon as possible. The longer it waits the deeper it will sink into the fibers of your carpet. Do not rub the stain as it will spread into your carpet further and cause more issues. You can get home stain products that can also be helpful.
You could also even use carpet tiles which are easy to replace if something stains it.
You can also purchase carpet that will hold less dirt. Low pile carpet has less fiber and hence doesn’t capture as much dust. Shag carpet will trap the most dust and hide dirt and debris.
If you keep your carpets cleaned and cared for they can last a tremendous amount of time. However, it takes time and investment to get the maximum time you can out of it.