If you haven’t changed your carpet with hardwood or laminate floors like so many have done lately, you have to deal with stains. Moreover, rugs require more attention and maintenance than any other type of stories. This means you have to spare more time and invest more money. In most cases, if you damage your carpet, you’ll have to replace it, which will cost you a lot. Another benefit of hard flooring – it lasts longer, and if you somehow manage to ruin it, you’ll only have to replace the damaged area.
However, carpets still have a unique appeal and provide comfort and warmth. I understand why many people prefer them. So for those of you who prefer traditional carpeting, I’ll give you some useful tips.
1. Choose the right type of carpet. Ask the consultant in the store which one is more suitable for the area. There are specially designed carpets for all parts of the house. Some can withstand heavy traffic; other are tolerate to water, some have special coating protecting them from stains. Make your choice wisely, because that will determine the lifespan of your carpet.
2. Vacuum. The most important part of maintenance. Mats absorb a lot of dirt and grime. To prevent the development of dust mites, bacteria and dust build up you have to vacuum your carpet at least three times a week. I know it seems a lot, but trust me if you do that you won’t have to replace it soon.
3. Act quickly. If any stain happens, you have to deal with it right away. The more you wait, the more you risk sealing the spot, making it permanent.
4. Test on an inconspicuous part of the carpet. Some carpets are very sensitive to certain chemicals. You can discolor it with some acids or dyeing it with harsh alkalis. My advice is to ask the manufacturer or the consultant at the store for the most appropriate detergents.
5. Be gentle. Start with the mildest cleaning solutions you have. Combined with fast reaction even the toughest stains can be removed with light cleaning agents. Using strong chemicals is not only harmful to your health, but you also risk damaging the fibers of the carpet.
6. Little is good. Don’t overdose the stain removal or carpet shampoo. This will only result in sticky residue. You won’t be able to remove it with vacuum cleaner and dust will stick to it. This will most certainly dull your carpet and stains may appear over time.
7. Use as little water as possible. One of the worst things you can do is to over wet your carpet. The detergents contain enough water. If your carpet can’t dry properly and liquid gets to the padding, mold will develop, bringing harmful bacteria into the air.
8. Remove residual. To remove any particles, you’ll have to do a rotary scrubbing. I know many people recommend only horizontal or vertical washing, but they’re all wrong.
9. Make sure it is clean. The other worst mistake you can make is to apply a protective coating if the carpet is not completely clean. This will only seal stains and dull your carpet. Not to mention the damage on the fibers.
10. Professional carpet cleaning. At least twice a year consider expert help. Although you follow all the steps, nothing compares to the experience and knowledge of a cleaning specialist. Moreover, they have the latest models of cleaning equipment and the best cleaning solutions.