Carpet maintenance is not rocket science. Just a bit of proper “homework” will keep your carpet looking attractive and will ensure that it will last longer. Here are some basic guidelines that can come really effective!
Remove the Dirt
Dirt cuts carpet fibers. So, whenever you keep your feet on a dusty carpet, you grind the dirt elements against the yarn, which consequently makes several scratches in the delicate fibers. Have you ever noticed all the fuzz mixed with the dirt in your vacuum bags? It is a sign that your carpet is losing its precious fibers.
Apart from scratching the fibers, it also dulls the sheen. This is why carpets on high-traffic areas appear duller than the rest. Losing fibers also means your carpet is prone to stains.
Below are some tips to handle this issue:
Vacuum Your Carpet Regularly :
Make sure that you vacuum your high-traffic surfaces (mainly entrance areas) twice a week and other areas once in a week. Vacuuming will also help you in decreasing soil buildup in your carpet.
Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner Bag or Filter :
If your vacuum bag is full of dusts, it will reduce the suction power of the device. Similarly, if you have a bag-less vacuum cleaner, don’t forget to change the filter quite often (ideally in every three months). Also, clear the vacuum bag when it is three-quarter full.
Vacuuming at the Right Speed is Crucial :
Whenever you are vacuuming, don’t rush! Vacuum slowly and in such a way that you get out as much dirt as possible. Three slow passes removes dirt more effectively than numerous fast passes.
Use Mats :
To keep dirt off the carpet, another simple yet effective approach would be using mats. These mats have more to do with your health than interior decorations.
DIY Methods to treat all kinds of carpet stains
Matching the quality of professionals is almost like impossible, but at least you could get your feet wet on removing some bothersome stains. Here are some DIY tips to remove every type of carpet stains.
For water soluble stains – E.g. Cadbury, beer, soda, food dyes, etc.
Ingredients you need: white vinegar or non bleach detergent
Step 1: Blot the stained spot using a dry towel (don’t scrub)
Step 2: Press the surface with a dry cloth to take off moisture
Step 3: Pour warm water on the surface until the stain stops transferring to the cloth
Step 4: Make the carpet dry once the stain is gone
Step 1: Make a solution of ¼ teaspoon white vinegar and 32 ounces of water
Step 2: Apply the solution on the stained surface
Step 3: Wait for about 5 minutes
Step 4: Rinse the area using warm water
Step 5: Repeat the process until the stain is gone
Step 6: Make the carpet dry
For Stubborn water soluble stains: E.g. Wine, coffee, tea, blood, vomit, etc.
Ingredient you need: Ammonia, chlorine bleach, water
Step 1: Make a solution of a cup of water and 1 tablespoon ammonia
Step 2: Blot the stain
Step 3: Apply the prepared solution on the stained surface
If the stain is still there then move to the next step: (note – don’t try the further steps on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene)
Step 4: Mix 1/5 part of chlorine bleach and 4/5 part water
Step 5: Apply the solution just like the way you did before
Other Common Stains:
Ingredient you need: mild liquid soap, warm water
Step 1: Scoop up the spill and blot as much as you can
Step2: Make a solution of 1 cup warm water and ¼ teaspoon mild liquid dish soap
Step 3: Pretest the cleaning solution first on inconspicuous spot (just to make sure that it doesn’t discolor the carpet)
Step 4: Apply the prepared solution to the stain surface
Step 5: Wait for about 5 minutes
Step 6: blot with a dry, clean cloth until the stain stops transferring to the cloth (don’t scrub)
Step 7: Rinse with cold water
Step: Make the spot dry
Ingredients you will need: vinegar, warm water
Step 1: scoop up and blot the spill
Step 2: Prepare a solution mixing 4 cups warm water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar
Step 3: Pretest the cleaner on an inconspicuous spot
Step 4: Keep the solution on the stain area
Step 5: wait for about 5 minutes
Step 6: Blot with a dry cloth
Step 7: Rinse with cold water
Step 8: Make the carpet dry and vacuum it to restore the texture
Hire a professional sensibly
Though it is possible to remove almost all types of stains with the help of above given tips, sometimes, you will need to hire professionals for those stains that play hard on you.
Basically, almost all carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction as the basic cleaning method. Though people call it as steam cleaning, there is barely any steam involved here. The carpet is thoroughly cleaned with a detergent solution and treated with an extremely hot rinse solution under high pressure. But the fact is professional cleaners do it correctly, others don’t!
Hiring professionals might be a bit heavy on your pocket (normally professional cleaners charge $300 to $500 to deep clean 1,000 sq ft of carpet), but the quality that you get from the expert is second to none.
Sometimes, you might be tempted to save some dough and just rent a machine to clean the carpet yourself. But, this can backfire a few days later. Even if you like to try, at least skip the deep cleaning part! This is because deep cleaning requires the specialized tools and training of a pro. So, the best approach would be following DIY cleaning tips regularly and hiring an expert every 12 to 18 months.
Avoid bids over the phone:
Good contractors will always provide an in-home inspection to give you a written estimate – based on the square footage and type or condition of the carpeting. This kind of estimation is never possible over the phone.
Don’t run after “discount”
The major objective of “discount pros” is to make excessive sales rather than establishing a rapport with customers. They just spray some soap on your carpet, suck up the water and pack up within an hour – leaving you in a false hope of discount. This kind of cleaning doesn’t add much value to your carpet. Instead, it leaves behind a soap residue which will attract dirt to your carpet. Sometimes, these cleaners even persuade you to buy some other products, which quality pros include for free.
Carpet maintenance is a perpetual process – do it today, do it tomorrow !