Keep your new carpet looking beautiful for years and years…
Updating your carpeting adds both comfort and beauty to your home or office. When you make that investment, you want your carpeting to keep that new look and feel for as long as possible. And don’t forget that maintaining a clean carpet may reduce allergic reactions from things like dust and pet dander.
In this article, flooring expert Donna Teagle of Wheaton shares some carpet care and cleaning tips with you:
- Choosing the right carpeting and padding
- Preventive carpet care
- Importance of vacuuming to clean carpets
- Deep carpet cleaning and stain removal
Choosing the right carpeting and padding
Believe it or not, maintaining clean carpet starts with choosing the right carpeting for your specific situation, including selection of carpet padding. The right carpet pad can make cleaning your carpet more efficient, because your vacuum cleaner can raise the carpet slightly to remove more dirt.
You’ll also want to consider choosing carpet that matches the room’s function, not just its décor. When selecting your carpet, keep in mind how you’ll be using the room, along with traffic patterns.
New carpet often comes with a warranty and some level of stain protection such as Stainmaster. Talk to your flooring consultant to learn how these features can protect your flooring investment and help your carpet last longer.
Preventive carpet care
Proper care of your carpet starts with some preventive measures such as:
- Using mats at all outside entrances to trap soil before it gets onto your carpet.
- Installing a quality carpet pad.
- Moving heavy furniture occasionally to avoid crushing the carpet pile.
- Protecting carpet when moving heavy items or when painting.
- Cleaning area rugs frequently if they sit on top of your carpet.
- Reducing direct sunlight on your carpet.
Here are some more carpet maintenance tips from Shaw Floors:
Importance of vacuuming for clean carpets
Frequent vacuuming of your carpet helps remove dirt and lessens the amount of soil, especially in high traffic areas. Vacuum thoroughly and frequently for best results. Here are a few vacuuming tips:
- Vacuum high traffic lanes daily and light traffic lanes twice a week.
- Vacuum high traffic rooms thoroughly twice a week.
- Vacuum light traffic rooms once a week.
- Use 5 to 7 passes on heavily soiled areas.
- Select the best vacuum cleaner for your type of carpet.
Deep carpet cleaning
Every 12 to 18 months, clean your carpet using a deep cleaning method such as hot water extraction. Hot water extraction is commonly referred to as “steam cleaning.” With this method, a cleaning solution is applied to the carpet pile and extracted, along with soil, using hot water. Using a professional carpet cleaning service is often required to maintain your carpet’s warranty.
Why steam clean your carpet? It will remove soil, odors, and residue that vacuuming can’t, including those from:
- Cooking vapors
- Pet odors and dander
- Air pollution
- Tracked-in dirt
- Oily, sticky soil
Learn more about carpet cleaning from manufacturer Shaw Floors. And remember to choose carpet cleaning equipment that has received a seal of approval from The Carpet and Rug Institute.
Spot removal of carpet stains
Accidents do happen, and carpet spills and mishaps are bound to occur even in the most pristine environments. Stain resistant carpeting can help, but you still have to act to clean your specific spill accordingly. Among the most common stains are dirt, pet urine, and wine.
Here are some flooring industry guides on removing different types of carpet stains:
Have questions about carpet care?
If you have any questions about carpet care or selecting the best carpeting for your home or office, contact Donna Teagle from Floor Coverings International of Wheaton & Naperville. She’ll help find a solution that’s just right for you. Contact Donna at (630) 653-6100 today to schedule your free in-home flooring estimate.
We have a full range of flooring solutions for your home or office.