Carpets benefit from regular cleaning. Carpet cleaning is not just a matter of running the vacuum cleaner over the floor once a week; to get the best wear out of your carpet regular detailed vacuuming, spot cleaning and periodic machine washing are an absolute must.
Vacuum clean at least once a week to remove any dirt or grit that can damage the pile, especially in shag pile carpets. The vacuum cleaner you use basically comes down to choice and budget.
As a general rule, if you have large carpeted areas or deep pile carpets then upright vacs are more effective, as cylinder types have a tendency to flatten the pile making dirt removal more difficult. Remember to turn any turbo rollers off for loop pile carpets. If you have a combination of carpeted and non-carpeted areas, a cylinder vacuum cleaner may be more appropriate.
Vacuum cleaners vary in power and obviously price. The wattage ( ie suction) on a cylinder vacuum cleaner is more important than that on an upright, because the dirt has farther to travel up the machine. Filters play an important role in modern vacuum cleaners. So if you are replacing yours find a filter that suits your home:
Charcoal filters are ideal if you have pets because the charcoal absorbs odours.
Hepa (s-class) are great if you suffer from allergies. These filters retain even the smallest allergy causing particles. Lifetime filters can be value for money as they last between 7-10 years. Use the crevice tool to clean the edges of carpets, because any damp from the walls will combine with the dust and discolour the carpet.
Pay particular attention to heavy traffic areas.
Washing Your Carpet
Never over-wet your carpet as this may damage the backing and cause mildew to form. A washed carpet should dry within 12 hours. If you are using a commercial carpet cleaning solution and washing by hand, agitate the solution until it foams. Apply this foam to the carpet via a sponge.
Carpet cleaning machines available to rent do not always produce the desires effect because their motor may be laboured from over-use. Many come with industrial strength cleaning solution – check that it is suitable for your carpet type. Stains should be treated directly prior to general washing using a commercial stain remover or natural remedy.
Professional carpet cleaning can be costly so don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. It’s your money. Identify any stubborn stains at the consultation then only if you are satisfied that your professional actually knows what he or she is doing should you go ahead with the clean. With all carpet cleaning its important that the PH is restored in order for your carpet to retain its softness and look its best. Stronger carpet cleaning solutions used by professionals are more likely to upset the PH balance – check ahead of the clean that a solution will be applied to restore it.
Use de-humidifiers to draw any moisture out of the air post-clean and leave radiators on to speed up the drying process. Periodic carpet cleaning can be a lengthy and costly process, not to mention hard work if you decide to do it yourself. A clean carpet will automatically make your home look and smell better and more importantly extend the life of your carpet.