3 EASY STEPS

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. And understanding the right way to clean carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time. 

Below are three simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great:

  1. Vacuum
  2. Clean spots and spills quickly
  3. Professionally deep clean


Vacuuming 101

Proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean.  It may come as a surprise that something as simple as regular vacuuming can also have the largest impact on the air you breathe.  Removing loose soil while it remains on the carpet surface prevents dirt from being ground into the carpet pile and can help preserve the cushiness of your carpet. Keep in mind green cleaning starts with vacuuming.

To get the most out of your vacuuming regime, remember these few easy tips:

  • When vacuuming, don’t ignore those corners and crevices where dust builds.
  • “Top-down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming again after dusting. Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away any fallen dust.
  • Remember to remove and replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full.

As a rule of thumb, you should vacuum at least once a week. However, the more foot traffic over your carpet, the more you need to vacuum. The general formula is:

  • Vacuum daily in high-traffic or pet areas.
  • Vacuum twice weekly in medium-traffic areas.
  • Vacuum weekly in light-traffic areas, using attachments at carpet edges.

SPOTS & SPILLS

A two-step solution

With today’s stain-resistant carpet, treating spots and stains has never been easier.  The key is to act quickly. The longer you wait, the higher the probability that a spill will become a permanent stain. No carpet is completely stain proof. So to effectively treat spots, give them a 2 step treatment ASAP.


Step one: absorb the spill

  • Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels (no prints or colours). Use of a printed or coloured material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet.
  • Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the centre to prevent the stain from spreading.  Continue step one until the area is barely damp. Semisolids, like food spills, may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up. Warning: do not scrub or use a brush. Scrubbing and brushes can damage the carpet.  Fraying and texture change is the likely result.

Step two: treat the spot or stain

  • Use a carpet stain removal product manufactured by reputable industry leader.  Though these have been laboratory tested, you should still pre-test any cleaner on a scrap of carpet or in a hidden area of your carpet.
  • Follow the product’s directions carefully.  Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently, from the edges to the centre.  Blot; don’t scrub.  Never use a brush.  You may need to do this several times to remove the spot.

When cleaning stains and spills, don’t become overzealous. Mix the cleaning solutions according to the directions. In truth, more is not better. Don’t use too much water; try to keep the carpet as dry as possible. And always remember to pre-test the product on an inconspicuous spot of carpet.

What if you don’t have a specific carpet cleaner spot removal product handy?  Try one of these homemade remedies:

  • Use plain water. Surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners do.
  • Use a detergent solution.  Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water.  Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh.
  • Use a white vinegar solution.  Mix one cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup of water.  White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tannins (weak vegetable dyes found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue.  However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.

 

Stop dirt at the door

Preventing dirt and grime from getting on the carpet in the first place is a great way to start keeping it clean. The following helpful hints can stop dirt in its tracks.

  • Use mats — Outdoor and indoor mats or runners can reduce the amount of dirt that enters the house.
  • Take off your shoes — You can save wear and tear on carpet by asking everyone to take off his or her shoes before entering your home.
  • Change your air filters — Change air filters in your heating and air-conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the less that fall on the carpet.
 

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