Care For Your Carpet
Soil Tracking Control
Place walk-off grids or mats at the entry points to your home or business. This will help prevent soil from being tracked from the outside onto the inside carpeting. Vacuum and/or clean these mats frequently. Once they become loaded with soil, their effectiveness is greatly reduced.
Vacuum your carpet frequently using a vacuum with a high efficiency collection bag or system. In high traffic areas, carpet manufacturers recommend you vacuum at least once or twice a week. Vacuuming removes the sharp and abrasive soil that can cut, scratch, and abrade the fiber causing premature wear. Particular soiling left in your carpet has sandpaper like effect on the carpet. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Keep your vacuum in good working condition- check belts ad change the collection bag frequently.
Spot and Spill Treatment
Immediate spot removal is the key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will mot move easily with water, you should use a spotting solution from your local cleaning professional. They have access to spotting solutions which have been formulated by the same companies who make professional cleaning solutions. These types of spotters have been demonstrated to be more effective, as well as not to leave sticky residue which can cause your carpet to re-soil rapidly.
Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter at your grocery store or home improvement center leave too much sticky residue and cause rapid re-soiling or yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet. The longer the spot is allowed to dwell on the carpet, the more chance there is of permanent discoloration.
Blot up any excess spill. Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white cotton towel and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. Blot area with water. If the spot persists, consult your professional carpet cleaner. Some spots and spills require the professional equipment, cleaning solutions, and skills of a professional. Repeated attempts to remove the spot may set the stain or cause permanent damage.
Periodic Professional Cleaning
As a general rule for residential carpeting, cleaning by a professional, trained, certified firm should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, homes with pets, and homes with people with allergic sensitivities, more frequent cleaning is recommended. Proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. Professional cleaning with truck mounted or high performance hot water extraction cleaning is the method most often recommended by cleaning industry experts and carpet manufacturers. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove.
For commercial carpeting, periodic professional cleaning with hot water extraction may need to be combined with interim low moisture encapsulation cleaning for maximum carpet appearance and performance. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount and types of soiling, the traffic load on the carpeting, carpet owner considerations, budget considerations and other indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.
Residential carpets are treated with stain and soil resistant treatments when they are manufactured. these protective treatments will wear and traffic off over a period of time. After a period of 1 to 2 years, carpet manufacturers recommend the re-application of a protective treatment. Your carpet protector should provide your carpet with additional soil resistance for water and oil based spills and soiling, as well as protective barriers which prevent spilled liquids from staining your carpet. The soil resistance will help the soil slide off the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective.
Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer. Your carpet's stain and soil resistant warranty, wear warranty, and texture retention warranty most likely requires periodic (at least every 12-18 months) professional hot water extraction cleaning by a trained certified professional cleaner. Many warranties on your carpet provide coverage for five years or longer if your carpet is maintained according to the manufacturer's directions.