Let’s Take a Quiz
What is the Biggest Enemy of Your Carpets?
- Chlorine Bleach
- Red Wine
- Pet Urine
- Dry Soil
- All of the Above
- None of the Above
Let’s make sure that we are clear-none of the things listed above are a friend of your carpets but the correct answer is the following:
The correct answer is number four, dry soil is highly abrasive and if left in your carpets, will rub across the surfaces of the carpet fibers and break down the factory embedded stain protection. The abrasion will further dull the appearance of your carpet and make your multi-thousand dollar flooring investment wear and require replacement much sooner than would otherwise be necessary. Carpets can often be found to hold as much as 4 times their weight in dry soil embedded deeply in the carpet. It is estimated that nearly 80% of all soil is dry particulate and the best means of removing that soil is with a quality vacuum that produces high airflow and has exceptional filtration so as not to re-distribute the soil.
Carpet Care Tips
Tips to Help Your Carpet Last
1.Take Your Shoes Off
Sounds simple enough, right? This one step can add years to your carpet. Abrasive dirt and sand is your carpets worst enemy. Not to mention, just think of where your shoes have been throughout the day. Remember using that gas station bathroom? And even though it may be a bit uncomfortable, ask your guests to remove their shoes before coming inside. A well-placed sign might just do the trick.
2. Vacuum ’til it hurts!
Ok, maybe not that much. But regular vacuuming is a must! High-traffic areas, such as entryways and hallways, should be vacuumed daily. Once or twice a week should be enough for the rest of the house. Again, dirt is a carpets worst enemy. The key is to remove it before it does any damage.
3. Use rugs and runners
This stops the dirt in it’s tracks! It’s a good idea to put some area rugs down in high traffic areas, especially in front of your entryways. Many times, you can have rugs made out of the remnants from your carpet order. And don’t forget to put some good heavy-duty mats outside as well. It’s also a good idea to sweep your sidewalks and patio frequently to lessen the chance of picking up dirt on your shoes.
4. Clean up spots quickly
Try to confine eating to the kitchen or other areas with easy to clean flooring. Of course, that’s never going to happen. So, if food does make its way to your carpet, be sure to clean it up immediately. Don’t use any chemicals on the stain until you contact us first! The best thing to do is just blot it up (don’t rub) with a cotton cloth and some cool water. Then contact us before you do anything else.
5. Invest in a good vacuum
Not all vacuums are created equally. It’s good to buy a vacuum with 2 motors. This provides the best agitation and suction. Also look for something with a good filtration system. A good vacuum doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Contact us if you’d like some suggestions.
At least one time per year, you should call a reputable cleaning company to clean your carpet. Don’t rely on rental units or units sold to homeowners. These leave the carpets overly wet and may leave soap residue that will cause them to soil quickly. The pros have the right equipment to do a great job. When choosing a company, make sure they pre-vacuum before doing any other cleaning. If they don’t, they aren’t a qualified company. They should also ensure that your carpet will not be wet for longer than 3 or 4 hours.
7. Keep your socks on
What? No bare feet? Sorry, the oils in your skin will be left in the carpet. They are difficult to remove and will attract soil and grime. Think about that the next time you take an afternoon nap on your living room floor.
8. Rearrange your furniture
Change the room’s layout often, at least a couple times a year. This breaks up the same old traffic pattern and helps to avoid wearing the carpeting down in the same spots. This will create new “traffic lanes” and your whole carpet will last longer, not just the areas under your furniture.
9. Apply a stain protector.
Many modern nylon carpets are manufactured with stain resistant properties, but over time, these fade away. You should have your cleaner apply a quality fluorocarbon or similar protectant every other time he/she cleans. This should only be applied by a professional and after a professional cleaning.