- Soil interacts with carpet fiber just as sandpaper does with wood. Soils left on carpets will reduce the beauty and luster of your carpet permanently.
- Your vacuum should have an agitating roller brush with the height set to make contact with the tops of carpet fibers-if the brush is set to low it can actually push the soil deeper into your carpet.
- Vacuum high traffic areas (entrances, hallways, around furnishing) daily. Make a minimum of seven slow passes with your vacuum.
- Change vacuum bags and clean filters regularly (HEPA filters work best), to effectively remove dirt and particulates from your home.
- Use entrance mats to collect moisture and soil before entering your home.
Eliminate spots before they become stains
- With a clean white cotton cloth continue to blot the substance until you have no transfer. It is important to blot and not scrub the fibers. Scrubbing and rubbing will permanently distort your carpet fibers.
- Apply a proper spotting solution to a clean white cotton cloth and continue to blot until you have no transfer.
- If the spot is large you may need to apply the spotting solution directly to the carpet fiber. Be careful not to get the carpet backing saturated with solution. Continue to blot with a clean white cotton cloth until you have very little or no transfer.
- Once you have removed the spot it is important to rinse the residue from the carpet fibers. Warm water will work fine and once again blot with a white cotton cloth.
- Allow the area to dry before you walk on the spot. Maybe place a chair directly over the area being careful not to allow the legs to make contact with the moist carpet.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly
- Vacuuming and spotting is your first line of defense so as to maintain the integrity of your carpeting; However professional carpet cleaning will preserve the beauty, luster, and warranty them.
- As a consumer you have many choices of businesses that offer different carpet cleaning processes. The two most common terms are used today are Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction) or Dry Cleaning.
- Most carpet manufacturers recommend the Hot Water Extraction process every 18 to 24 months for warranty purposes.