Carpet Cleaning Tips
Carpet Cleaning DIY
Article Summary: Carpet cleaning DIY keeps your carpet in top condition and doesn’t take too much hard work – this article looks at carpet cleaning and what you can do to prolong your carpet’s life. Carpets are often left far too long before they are cleaned, so use this guide to help your carpet last a lot longer.
Depending on the type, it’s amazing how much lint and fluff comes out of a newly laid carpet. The carpet doesn’t need cleaning when it’s new of course, but it does need regular vacuuming to lift away all that extra material. If possible, vacuum once a day for at least the first week. After that just keep your eye on the amount of material coming out and vacuum when required.
New Carpet Cleaning
Established Carpet Cleaning
How Often? – Many guides say that your carpet needs cleaning every 12 months, as if this is a definitive answer to the question. Of course, how often depends on many factors; how much traffic, type of carpet, furniture placement, etc. It also depends on the quality of the cleaning products you use. The type of cleaning solution has an effect, for example synthetic cleaners work well but can be the cause of deterioration of carpet fibers. Soaps clean well but take much longer to dry, not good if you are in a hurry!
One thing is sure, that carpets are not cleaned often enough. Don’t wait for your carpet to show the visible signs of dirt and grime, clean them regularly. If you have six kids and pets, you may need to clean them every 3 to 4 months, if you live alone it may be only every couple of years. Make a plan and stick to it, it will extend the life of your carpet.
Clean your own Carpet
The easiest, cheapest and quickest type of cleaning is vacuuming. Frequent vacuuming will extend your carpet’s life considerably, in fact more than any other type of cleaning. If you have a pile carpet, try vacuuming against the lay of the pile. As the cleaner moves over the pile it will have the effect of ‘lifting’ the pile; making it stand up, and hence making it easier for the vacuum to get to all that dirt and grit. Try to get into the habit of vacuuming on a regular basis, at least once a week, when the carpet has become more established.
Most carpet cleaning methods do not harm any existing stain resistant treatments that your carpet may have. Treatments like Stainmaster™, Teflon™, and Scotchgard™ should not suffer any ill effects from the cleaning process. You do not have to re-apply these protection treatments on a regular basis, unlike cleaning. It might be a good idea, if you have quite high foot traffic, to consider re-application every few years to keep your carpet in top condition.
It is perfectly safe to have a go at cleaning your carpet yourself. In fact, it will probably not only be a cheaper job, but a better one too. There are a few points that you should consider first, however. First, always take the time to read and digest instructions. Second, be careful when measuring out cleaning solutions. Using more than is recommended does not mean that your carpet will be cleaned better. Ratios should be strictly adhered to in order to ensure the carpet dries properly without artificial drying being necessary. If your carpet stays wet for too long, it can promote growth of mold and other nasties.
If you do what I do and always remove shoes before walking on my carpet, you won’t have too many problems. But this isn’t always practical and carpet will gradually pick up small grains of grit and dust, causing premature wear and degradation. When you think of the cost of new carpet, it is amazing that so many people don’t really give maintenance of this expensive investment much thought. A good initial dirt trap is the door mat. They are worth their weight in gold when it comes to protecting your carpet. Always shake them out regularly to maintain the best dirt-trapping properties of the mat.
There are certain steps that you should take in order to properly maintain your carpets. First, vacuum your carpet. This removes larger dirt particles as well as smaller abrasive particles. The more thorough you are at this stage will affect the outcome of the next – wet cleaning. Wet cleaning must be carried out in accordance with the instructions with the cleaning product. As stated above, use the correct mix of detergent and water. Too much detergent will have the effect of making the carpet susceptible to rapid re-soiling. This happens because there will be detergent left behind in your carpet after water molecules have evaporated. Unfortunately neat detergent is the perfect sticky substance that attracts dirt.
The use of mats placed in strategic places around the outside of your home will help keep grit and dirt off your carpets. Use them wherever there is an entrance, whether onto hard floors or straight onto carpet. They encourage people to wipe their feet and can remove the majority of dirt before it ever gets inside your home. Somewhere that may have oily substances present, like garages, may benefit from softer rugs and even carpet strips instead of mats to soak up the oils.