How to clean your carpet
New carpeting can add tremendous value to your home, not to mention a warm & cozy feeling that invites you to sink your toes in. Keeping that feeling while keeping your carpet looking beautiful can be a challenge if you don’t know the proper maintenance steps to take.
While many of today's carpet manufacturers use innovative technologies to add stain resistance & durability to their carpet fibers, it's still important to develop a proper care & maintenance routine to keep your carpet looking & feeling its best for many years to come.
Preventative Maintenance & Daily Care
In addition to a daily care routine, you should establish several preventative maintenance measures to avoid potential damage in the first place.
We recommend investing in mats for all entryways, especially from high-soil areas such as backyards & garages. These simple, affordable mats can prevent a lot of dirt & grime from being tracked across your carpet. You can also add shoe racks or mats by prominent entryways to encourage visitors to remove shoes before entering. Keep all mats clean so they do not become sources of dirt themselves.
You should also consider placing coasters under your furniture to avoid denting. Use sliders to move furniture easily without needing to drag it along your carpet, which may damage your carpet’s fibers.
Finally, if you have lots of natural light, make a habit of keeping curtains drawn when your room is not in use. Constant bright UV sunlight can cause fading in carpet fibers.
As far as daily care goes, the best thing you can do for your carpet is to vacuum it using a manufacturer-approved appliance. Buy a quality vacuum & use it regularly. Thorough vacuuming removes loose dirt & dust from your carpet fibers, which can otherwise scratch your fibers & dull your carpet’s appearance over time. For best results, ensure your vacuum has an adjustable rotator brush.
When vacuuming, concentrate on high-traffic areas & use your cleaner’s attachments to get into tight spots along walls and on stairs.
If you see a snag, don’t try to pull or vacuum it out. Treat it the same way you would treat a loose thread on an expensive article of clothing – carefully snip the yarn flush with the carpet, taking care not to catch any of the surrounding loops.
Finally, even with regular vacuuming, soil particles and oily dirt will cling to the carpet fibers. With foot traffic, these particles and oily dirt are driven deep into the carpet. We recommend a professional every 18 to 24 months. Periodic cleaning by a professional cleaner using the hot water extraction method will refresh carpet appearance.
Dealing with spills & stains
While many of today's carpets are manufactured with superior stain resistance, your carpet is still prone to spills and stains. If one occurs, here's how to handle it.
First & foremost, treat the spill as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more the stain will soak in. Immediately blot up as much of the liquid or debris as you can using a dry cloth. Don’t rub or scrub, as this can cause your carpet to fuzz. You can scrape up food spills gently using a spoon or dull knife to remove as much of the spill as possible.
Always work from the edge of the stain towards the center to avoid additional spreading.
Rinse the affected area with warm (not hot) water, pressing your cloth deep into the carpet to take up moisture until the stain no longer appears on the cloth. If you need a stain remover, work it in gently & conservatively, rinsing again with warm water afterward. Thorough rinsing is important, as even detergent residue can cause additional damage. Absorb any remaining dampness with a clean cloth. After your carpet has completely dried, you can vacuum to restore its texture & appearance.
Exercise extreme caution with all bleaches, tile cleaners, mildew removers, oven cleaners, drain openers, and plant food. They are strong chemicals that can permanently discolor or dissolve carpet fibers.