Interior & Exterior
Carpet Cleaning Tips
A beautiful carpet adds wonders to any room whereas a dirty carpet may just spoil the look of any room. Moreover those people who have just bought a new carpet should be more cautious for its cleaning and maintenance because unknowingly your carpet may start encountering certain problems and if You don’t take precautionary measures on time, your carpet may get damaged permanently. Carpet cleaning is a must if you want to have a carpet clean and clear. The regular cleaning will also keep your carpets dirt free for years. Though mishaps may occur in every home like your carpet gets stained or gets some dirt but you need not to worry about these problems. Instead, what you can actually do is clean your carpet with a nice technique. You should also keep the material and the quality of carpets in your mind when you start your carpet cleaning method.
Why carpet cleaning ?
Carpet cleaning is necessary and there are many reasons behind it. Firstly, no matter how much expensive items you buy for your homes but if you are unable to keep them clean, than all these items will start giving a messed up look to your home.
All the beautiful and expensive things kept at home need timely care and pamper in order to keep them 'alive' and pretty. Of all such things, carpet is one that needs a lot of care on a daily basis. If it is clean and beautiful, it will enhance the beauty of a room but on the other hand if the carpet is all stained and dirty then it will give a bad look to the whole room.
Secondly carpet cleaning becomes a must otherwise as certain organisms like carpet beetles and carpet bugs may make your carpet, their permanent living places. Also these dirty insects and bad carpets cause allergy to some people in the house. The process of vacuuming will help minimize the damage and will save you from various allergies or reactions.
Before you begin with the process of carpet cleaning, it is necessary to know that how safe is your carpet cleaning. Though there are several methods which are not so risky like vacuuming process. The other cleaning processes may include various chemicals. Never use chemicals for carpet cleaning until unless required. Even if you are using them, make sure that you do not use them in an excess quantity as these quantities of chemicals may permanently damage the carpet. Now let us discuss some carpet cleaning tips which may be of help to you at times.
Carpet cleaning tip #1 - Prevention
They say “prevention is better than cure” and this is absolutely right. If you are really conscious for maintaining and cleaning your carpet you will never ever let that condition come where your carpet demands extensive cleaning and reaches a saturation point. The good form of carpet cleaning is always prevention. If you will take proper care of your carpet and will keep it clean, you will save both your money and time. You may also use this money for buying another carpet for another room. Right ?
Carpet cleaning tip #2– Don’t rub harshly
It is often seen that when a carpet is dirty and has to be cleaned then people use very harsh or rough methods. They start rubbing the dirty surface in a harsh manner thinking that such movements will remove the dirt and the stains easily. But the truth is something else. The harsh or rough movements cause the stain to smear and it becomes permanent. This harsh action will not only make the stain permanent but it will also weaken the fiber of your carpet. The weak fibers will in turn cause your carpet to wear out quickly. So make it a point that you will never rub rashly and carelessly at a stain in your carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #3– how to treat the reappearing of stains
It is also observed frequently that once we are done with the cleaning and removal of a stain, it appears again after sometime. Thinking why? Well, the reason is simple. These stains appear again on the surface of the carpet because they are not treated well. You might have thought that you have removed the stain from a carpet perfectly but sometimes that stain looks clean on the surface while deeper inside the carpet it is still there. Slowly that image of the stain from its depth stars appearing again on the surface. To get rid of this problem, take a thick cloth. Put it on the stain and cover the stain completely. Now put something heavy on that cloth and let it stay there for a night or so. This process will help in the absorption of stain by the cloth. Later in the morning you may clean the stain in a usual manner. This way you will also prevent yourself from being harsh with your own carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #4 - Do not use iron
We spend money, we spend time and then we decide on buying a carpet. Isn’t it so? Then how can we experiment at our own with these expensive carpets without giving it a thought that our acts of experiments may completely damage the carpet. One common silly mistake that people do is that they use an iron or a hair dryer for drying and treating any stain on their carpet. Let me tell you that use of such appliances on a carpet is totally wrong. These things damage the fibers, reduces the quality of the carpet and they just seal the stain permanently on your carpet. So next time do not use an iron or a hair dryer on your carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #5 – Steam cleaning
Steam cleaning is a very effective method for cleaning the carpets. It is often done by the professional carpet cleaners. You should make sure that your carpet is being treated with the method of steam cleaning once in a while. The process of steam cleaning provides a detailed and in depth cleaning of your carpet. However to get the perfect results of cleaning, you should definitely hire a professional carpet cleaner or else if you want to do it yourself than you will have to have a deep cleaning machine. But again before you go to buy a deep cleaning machine, do not forget to discuss about it with others who have already been through the experience of this machine. Their advices will help you a lot. Now steam cleaning is a much effective method and the result of this process remains for a long time. If your house has not been cleaned properly since a long time then the process of steam cleaning will help you achieve that special deep clean which you need. This process will also remove much of the heavy soils in your carpet. Steam cleaning should be done only once in a year. The reason behind is that a carpet is held together with the help of glue. Now the excessive use of hot water will definitely affect the glue of the carpet. Also the procedure of steam cleaning takes a little longer time for drying up so till it becomes dry, you cannot walk upon that. Also you should know the quantity of water that should be used while steam cleaning the carpet because too much water can easily shrink your carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #6- For particularly obstinate mold and mildew
You may use a non-chlorine bleach or lemon juice and salt solution for the particularly obstinate mold and mildew and colored fabrics. As an alternate, you might also brush the area with a solution of hydrogen peroxide. This will require one part of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to five parts of water. But before using this solution on your carpet you should make sure that the solution is not harmful for the fabric of your carpet. Go through the instruction book of your carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #7– Treat the spills and stains quickly
The best way to maintain a clean carpet is that you should treat the spill or stain as soon as it gets there on your carpet. A mere use of water at the right time will help in removing most of the spills. Treating the spills or stains in the right time helps in the easy removal of them else with time, these stains become strong and it becomes too difficult to remove them. The more we delay in removing the stain, the more it becomes tough to remove it. You should also keep several carpet cleaning products in your home. Such products will help you to get rid of spills quickly. These products often come in range where they match with a particular type of stains. So the ones that you think can be of great help should be there in your home. You may also try a mixture of water and vinegar. This also helps in the removal of stains. Taking an immediate action is very necessary if you want to have a clean and spotless carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #8– Properly vacuum clean your carpet
Regular use of vacuum cleaner is good for making your carpet free of dirt and debris. But this vacuum cleaning should be given enough time. If you use a vacuum cleaner in a hurried manner that will only increase your problem. Take some time for the vacuum cleaning. You should make it sure that you are giving ample time to the vacuum cleaning of your carpet. Also you should make sure that this vacuum cleaning is done in the right way. This right way of vacuum cleaning involves going over the floor in few directions. The different directions allow the vacuum to pick up all the debris . You should also use a high quality vacuum because using a good quality vacuum is very necessary. Also the manufacturing company of the vacuum cleaner will guide you about the proper way of using the vacuum cleaner. Do keep the bags or containers of the vacuum cleaner empty . Keep the filters clean as well.
Carpet cleaning tip #9– Use mild products
As far as possible, try to use the mildest cleaning products in the cleaning of your carpet. Such mild products are easily available in the market. The harsher products can be used for a tough stain but that too on advice. Otherwise only the mild products should be used for the general cleaning of the carpet. Even the mild carpet shampoos are also a good solution for cleaning the carpet.
Carpet cleaning tip #10– Use a proper door mat
One of the highly recommended tips is that you should keep a good quality entrance mat. This will help clean off people's shoes and most of the dirt will remain outside the room. The mat should be between 6 to 12 feet long. The mats must be cleaned on a regular basis. You may also keep a huge mattress outside the building just as we find in malls and bigger buildings.