When you get new carpet, what is the first thing you think of when it comes to cleaning it? Vacuuming of course. Vacuuming is usually the first thing you think of when you are maintaining your carpet. Yet it may take more. Here are a few tips to get you started on prolonging the life of your carpet.
Carpets need to be vacuumed on a regular basis – once per week for your entire home, more in high traffic areas. Frequent vacuuming prevents buildup of grit and dirt that can wear on carpet fibers.
For effective vacuuming, divide and conquer. Approach each room as its own section. Divide it into quadrants and vacuum the entire quadrant before moving to the next. Also use crevice tools for cleaning around baseboards, radiators and other hard to reach places.
Pay special attention to high traffic areas, where people stand or sit regularly, and where dirt may accumulate quickly. Vacuum in a criss-cross pattern to deep clean these areas and make sure you’ve pulled all dirt from the fibers. You may also add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.
If you have any spots or spills, timeliness is key. Clean them immediately and you have a better chance of removing them. Carefully blot the entire area before you apply cleaning solution to remove as much of the stain and moisture as possible. Before using a cleaner, test in a small area to make sure it won’t damage it. Never rub the stain; instead work at it from the middle out.
Deep clean your carpets when vacuuming no longer restores its appearance, it feels matted or sticky, or you notice different colors between walking areas and where your furniture is placed. Remove as much of the furniture as you can to ensure even cleaning. Follow instructions on the deep steam cleaner, or use a professional for best results.
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