Carpets certainly take a beating. They are walked on by people, by pets, and they encounter spills of all kinds. Even though carpets are usually treated with Scotchgard when they are installed, that doesn’t mean that regular carpet care takes a back seat. The carpet still needs to be vacuumed regularly and spills must be cleaned up immediately. Either way, stains may still result that need special attention and there are many different cleaning tips, chemicals, and supplies available to make the process a little less daunting.
First of all is the vacuuming. Vacuuming must be done at least once per week and more often in heavy traffic areas. It also prolongs the life of the carpet by preventing the buildup of tiny gritty particles that are responsible for cutting the fibers in carpets. Also, vacuums are usually equipped with a crevice tool that should be utilized at least once every few weeks to get around the baseboards and hard-to-reach places that accumulate dust and other small particles. Not only does vacuuming keep carpet looking great, it helps prevent the worsening of symptoms associated with allergies.
Second of all is the cleaning of the inevitable “spill” that a carpet endures at one time or another. Actually, carpets endure many spills in their lifetime, so it is important to have a plan of action. This plan of action should involve the scraping or blotting of the spill prior to applying a cleaning solution. It is also crucial to test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure the cleaner is not going to damage the carpet. There are many different types of cleaners out there for various types of carpet, so it is important to ensure that the cleaner is made for the type of carpet it is going to be used on. Once the cleaner is determined to be safe, it is ideal to work from the outside of the stain to the inside of it to keep the stain from spreading. The final step is to blot up the moisture since moisture can lead to mildew buildup.
However, some stains are harder than others to defeat, so a specific battle plan may be needed based on the type of stain. One example of a challenging stain is the blood stain. By mixing 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon mild detergent, and 1 quart of warm (not hot) water, the solution can be applied to the blood stained area and vacuumed after drying. If nothing seems to work, then deep cleaning may be necessary.
Deep cleaning not only gets rid of those difficult stains but can be used to restore carpet that no longer seems to want to maintain its clean appearance. Deep cleaning involves using a shampooer to agitate it and an extractor to rinse it. Before doing any of this, colorfastness must be tested on an inconspicuous area of carpet, furniture must be removed from the room, the carpet must be spot-cleaned and stains pretreated, and the instructions of the carpet cleaner must be followed thoroughly.
There are many different methods to carpet cleaning that require either simple household solutions made from dishwashing detergent or the purchase of chemicals and machines that can restore the clean appearance of carpet. Either way, carpet cleaning is important to maintain its look or take care of those annoying allergens that can make breathing difficult. So not only does carpet cleaning make the home look better, it makes everyone feel better.
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