By Ken Strid, Owner of Cleancare of Boulder.
Every day I enjoy making my client’s carpet look like new. Having a clean, immaculate carpet improves the look and health of your home, makes you smile and puts a spring in your step. I love having happy clients.
But I also want your carpet to STAY clean after I leave. You’ll find carpet cleaning tips for Superior, CO in many different places on line. If they are the right tips, you will increase the lifespan of your carpet. It would be nice if you could put up some kind of covering over your carpet to make it stay clean, but you do have to perform some maintenance to help them look their best. So from a professional carpet cleaner’s perspective, here are a few basics for caring for your carpeting.
I’ve been saying for years that carpet is your home’s biggest filter and is an important part of maintaining your healthy indoor environment. Carpet fibers catch and hold particles that could contaminate the air quality inside your home. But all filters get full of contaminants and need routine cleaning or else they become less effective.
Vacuuming: Your vacuum is your most important tool for preventing the buildup of soil and grime, Vacuuming is the first line of defense when caring for carpet. Vacuuming traffic lanes should be performed once per week for every pair of feet in the house. Yes that is a lot. And yes, that is not a misprint. Vacuum the rest of the areas once per week. But, flying over your carpet as quick as possible is usually not sufficient for cleaning up after foot traffic, accidents, pets, children, and normal wear. Start tat the far end of a room and work backwards. Pull back on the vacuum and then push forward diagonally to the left to meet parallel to the line you just vacuumed backwards. Repeat this pattern until you run out of carpet to your left. Then go to the right always pulling back the soil and debris.
Keep in mind that one pass with your vacuum or at-home shampooing device may not be enough to do a thorough job. Going over it one time may be enough to remove the dirt that is on the very surface layer, All that debris can work its way down into your carpet’s fibers and may need to be vacuumed multiple times, from different vacuuming angles in order to be most effective.
Spot Cleaning: My most useful tip is to get to a spot or spill BEFORE it dries. It is much easier to remove foreign matter from carpet before it has a chance to set into the fibers. Once it is dry, it is much harder to remove. If you have a spill or even a pet accident that you cannot clean right away, keep it damp by laying a wet rag over the area. Be sure to keep that rag damp until you have a chance to clean the area.
Be sure to use a quality, trusted spot remover. I give my client’s the best spot remover in the world, Avenge, to tackle many of their household spots and spills. Be careful if you are using a chemical purchased at your local hardware or grocery store. Some cleaning chemicals brag about being a miracle solution for all of your cleaning needs. These kinds of chemicals are not always safe to use on carpet and can be too harsh. They can actually make your carpet fall apart over time!
When first using a spot cleaning chemical you are unfamiliar with, always perform a spot test on an out of the way portion of the carpet just to make sure that no discoloration or color loss occurs before applying it. And remember, less is more. Do not drown your carpet in cleaning solution. Whatever you put in, you’ll need to take back out.
After applying the cleaning solution, blot the spot with paper towels or a clean white rag– don’t rub back and forth. Rubbing can cause the fibers to untwist or abrade or even fall apart. Blot from the edges of a stain to the center. Blotting from the outside of the spill to the center will prevent spreading. When you are satisfied that the stain is gone, if you are not using Avenge, you’ll need to rinse out the detergent that you have put into the carpet. In a spray bottle, put one teaspoon of vinegar and fill with clean water. Spray onto area liberally and then fold a towel in quarters to blot up the moisture. Repeat spraying and using a new dry towel until no more suds are visible (otherwise the detergent will attract dirt). Then take another dry towel and blot up moisture left from spotting. Take another towel (hope you have a good supply of towels!), fold in quarters and place over treated area. Put a weight such as an old phone book on top of the towel. This will draw remaining moisture into towel. After an hour, remove towel and place a box fan next to area until dry.
Rearranging furniture every few months will create different traffic patterns and reduce the severity of wear patterns in your carpet.
Using a common fork, you can comb out the dents and fluff them to get rid of indentations that are caused by the weight of couches, chairs or tables.
Rotating rugs so that they do not get worn in the same places over a long period of time is another quick way to lengthen the vibrancy of smaller floor coverings.
Consider hiring a professional at least annually to clean and freshen you home’s biggest filter. Also, seek out a professional when you are unclear as to how to resolve your carpet stain and pet odor issues. Some stains are persistent and some invasive odors are not possible to remove with common household products and machines. Even when armed with numerous carpet care tips, the help of a trained professional may be the only way to tackle some of your carpet issues. An IICRC certified, Master Textile Cleaner (like you will find at Cleancare of Boulder) who is trained in how to care for, preserve and restore carpet has the experience that might make all the difference in your carpet’s outcome.
For more carpet cleaning tips for Superior, CO, call 303-530-0646.