Basic Carpet Care Tips
Basic Carpet Care Tips for Bothell Residents – And all Homeowners! The carpets in our home stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Carpets are literally “walked allover” every day .In Bothell there are a myriad of things you can track in from the nature that surrounds us in the great northwest and if there are small children and pets in the home they take an even more severe beating. With the right carpet care, you can show that hard working flooring some love and prolong its life for years to come.
Regular proper vacuuming is the best thing you can do for your carpets. Regular vacuuming helps to keep dirt and other particles from getting ground into the carpet. The longer these particles are on your carpet the more they can wear your carpet down. It is best to vacuum your carpet once weekly at the very least. Many carpet companies suggest a twice weekly vacuuming and more often for high traffic areas such as hallways and stairs. The more frequently you vacuum the less chance dirt has to embed in the fibers of your carpet.
One of the biggest culprits of dirt on the carpet is from shoes. Consider removing shoes at the door. If you are not a fan of employing the no shoes rule in your home it is a good idea to get some good quality floor mats and place them at every entrance. Be sure to have these mats cleaned regularly or they will become a source of dirt not a help.
Spots should be treated as soon as they are noticed. The longer a stain sits the harder it becomes to remove. Be sure you are using the right solution for the type of stain you are treating. For a list of helpful tips on treatment of different stains check out our home remediespage. One of the biggest rules of spot treatment is to blot and not rub and be sure to get the spot completely dry after the stain has been lifted from the carpet.
When using any new cleaning solution on your carpet test an unseen area such as in a closet to be sure it will be safe for the dye in your carpet. To do this, apply a small amount to the unseen area of the floor and blot with a clean white cloth or towel. If any color shows up on the towel the cleaning solution is not safe to use on the carpet.
Some more spot cleaning tips that are helpful to remember:
-Use a small amount of solution. Do not over saturate the carpet.
-Work from the outside of the stain in toward the center to prevent spreading.
-Vacuum the carpet after the area is dry to re-fluff the fibers.
-Call a professional cleaner if you cannot remove the stain
Regular Professional Cleaning
Most carpet manufacturers recommended having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you have pets and small children or high traffic in your home you should have them cleaned as often as every 3 to 6 months depending upon soil level. Even with the best at home care and maintenance your carpet will need a good deep cleaning. Only professional equipment can get your carpets toughest deep down dirt that the vacuum did not reach. In addition to getting the deepest clean possible there are many more benefits to hiring aprofessional cleaner for your Bothell area home.