Caring For Your Carpet
This is the most important
step for prolonging the life and appearance of your carpet. Vacuum
frequently in light traffic areas and even more often
in high traffic areas. This is because when a soiled
carpet is walked on it drives the soil particles deep
into the carpets fibers where it will damage it and make
it harder to clean.
Tips on vacuuming
Light traffic lanes- twice
Heavy traffic lanes- daily
Vacuum the entire rooms
with lighter traffic once a week and the areas and rooms
with heavier traffic twice a week. To vacuum effectively
you must you must give a lightly soiled area at least
three passes and a heavier soiled area at least seven. It
is also good to change the direction occasionally in
which your vacuum is passing. This will help the
carpet from matting.
There are many different
types of vacuums today. A cheap vacuum is not the
best way to go. Yes it may remove the particles
on the surface, but not those imbedded further down. This
is where the damage is done. Remember a good vacuum
is the single most important tool to making your carpet
look nice as well as prolonging it's life. A carpet
is a big investment and the easiest way to protect your
investment is by having the right vacuum and using it
Some of the large carpet
manufacturers recommend a vacuum with rotating brushes
or any kind of beater that can agitate the carpets
pile. This loosens the soil and particles to be
sucked up by the vacuum. However you should not
use this type of device on all types of carpet, such
as berbers with thick loop pile. This will ruin
the carpets material by pulling it apart and will make
it look very bad. You should use either a suction
only vacuum or one that is adjustable enough to keep
the brushes or beater bars away from the carpet.
Make sure to periodically
check your vacuum closely. Check the belt for wear and
make sure there is no strain or entangled threads around
the beater bar or brushes. Also make sure your
vacuum is at the correct height setting for your type
Common Stain Removal
First pick up anything
solid that was involved. If the spill is very
large use a wet/dry vacuum before attempting to clean
it up by blotting.
Now blot the spill
area until the liquid is soaked up as much as possible. Your
best bet is to use something such as paper towels. Never
rub the area as this will only work the liquid deeper
into the fibers and distort the texture of your carpet.
On a white towel or
a paper towel use warm water to to blot. Repeat
for as long as needed. Press firmly to get
up as much moisture as possible.
If this is not working
it will be necessary to use a mild mix of dishwashing
detergent. Mix one teaspoon of mild detergent
with approximately one quart of warm water. Apply
the solution over the are and let it soak for five
Blot up all the water
and detergent now. Make sure to get all the
detergent up. Rinse area with warm water and
put towels over the area overnight for maximum effectiveness. Put
some weight over the towels to help get maximum absorption.
It may be necessary to change the towels a couple
of time over the first few hours.
Once the area is completely
dry give it a good vacuuming.