When it comes to maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic area will begin to wear excessively. The dirt is extremely abrasive against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back and fourth on it. The second area of focus, of course, is Spot removal. You must react to “danger” spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, etc. can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately. Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.
Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer or on line. Stain resist warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. ALL STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE REGULAR CLEANING AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.
Vacuum your carpets often, once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.
As general rule, professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often. Proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. MANY STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE PRFESSIONAL CLEANING EVERY 2 YEARS. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove. WARING UNINFORMED CARPET CLEANERS MAY VOID THE WARRANTY, BE VERY SELECTIVE WHICH COMPANY YOU HIRE.
Spot Removal and Interim Cleaning
Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is preformed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or you trained certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.
Apply spot cleaner sparingly to a white terry cloth and blot the spot. Never rub or scrub a spot, this will disort the face fibers. Keep blotting the spot and change sides of the cloth as the spot transfers to the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on the carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use.
Pet Stain Removal
The best tool to have is a one gallon wet vac or a small spot removal machine. We recommend a small machine because the more convenient, the more likely you are to get it out in an accident.
If you can get the urine up while it is fresh you will have better chance of 100% removal. Simply suck the urine right out of the carpet apply spotter to the carpet and let it sit a few minutes, then take a cup of warm water and pour on to the spot and suck it out to rinse the carpet. Always dry the carpet as much as possible. After you have rinsed the spot apply an enzyme spotter to the spot. Natures Miracle is carried at most pet stores. Follow the direction on the bottle. If spot resoils in a couple weeks repeat rinse with water a wet-vac.
Residential carpets are treated with a stain resist properties and soil resistors known as DuPont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. After a period of 2 to 3 years, some of the soil resistor wears off. At that point you should consider having a professional carpet cleaner re apply the treatment after a professional cleaning. The soil resistor will help the soil slide off the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective
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