· How to Keep Your Carpet Clean.
· Vacuum regularly. Loop carpets like Berbers are more delicate and should be vacuumed only with suction. Pile carpets, like Saxony pile and textured pile, can withstand heavier cleaning and should be cleaned with a beater bar. Natural wool has a wax coating that keeps dirt on the surface, making it easy to keep clean by vacuuming.
· Stain treat immediately. Always blot spills — rubbing can wear at the fabric and set the stain. Use white paper towels or a neutral-colored towel, so that you don’t compound the problem by transferring dye. Also, remember to continue blotting the area until it’s almost dry and then vacuum it. Water left in the carpet can lead to mold and bacteria problems. See this video on good prevention of dirty carpets.
· Try a specific stain-removal method. We like club soda for coffee stains and red wine; salt for mud, and wine; cornstarch for grease; the iron transfer method for candle wax; and “Nature’s Miracle” for pet stains. If necessary, try a small bit of dishwashing soap mixed in with water, but beware — soap can be extremely hard to remove from carpet and can lead to dark spots. If you need more in-depth spot-treatment ideas, check out this great stain removal chart from Cleancare of Boulder.
· Try a DIY green cleaner, especially for truly bad spills. We like Avenge Spot and stain remover. Cleancare supplies it to all their clients.
· Make your own deodorizer. If you like to deodorize your carpets, avoid chemical-laden options and make your own with baking soda and a few drops of essential oil.
· Call the professionals. I have a green cleaning company clean my carpets twice a year and I can’t believe what they get up, even with my maintenance. It’s best to avoid companies that clean with harsh, all-purpose chemicals— it’s not good for you or your carpets. If your carpet is tricky to clean, you may also want to call a cleaner the minute a bad spill occurs. Try the Best Carpet Cleaning in Boulder, CO.