There are many benefits to having carpet in your home including working as extra insulation to retain warmth, reducing noise (echo/reverberation), improving indoor air quality, etc. Giving your carpet the proper and needed cleaning and maintenance is very important to keep your carpet in its best shape and performing as expected.
The best way to care for your floors is with proper routine vacuuming. It can be hard to tell just how dirty a floor really is so it is not uncommon for many people to forgo vacuuming as often as they should. Regardless of how your floor looks to the naked eye, proper vacuuming is hugely important for the following reasons.
When the floor is not vacuumed the dirt and particles begin to accumulate and pile up, then they get embedded into the carpet, and your carpet begins to take on a dingy yucky greyish hue.
Lessen the Lifespan
Leaving dirt to build up in the floor by not vacuuming will cause the carpet fibers to wear down more quickly thus lessening the lifespan of your carpet and then early replacement is needed. Dirt is carpet’s number one enemy, when left to sit on and build up in the fibers it acts as a fine grit sandpaper wearing down each individual fiber.
The more dirt you have in your carpet and the more foot traffic it has the more the dirt grates away at the fibers with every step.
This is probably the least pleasant thing about not vacuuming and not many people enjoy talking about bugs in the carpet, but it is very important and worth a quick mention. Not vacuuming your floors feeds dust mites. Dust mites are tiny creatures that live in your home and feed on human skin cells and other “dust” particle items. When they have plenty to feed on they multiply quickly and their waste and dead body parts also accumulate in the un-vacuumed carpet and can cause serious reactions including allergic reactions.
Even if your carpet looks clean to the naked eye, there is bacteria breeding in it. Cut down on the number of bacteria in the carpet and what they feed on with proper and regular vacuuming.
Accumulation of Pet Hair/Dander
Dog and cat hair build up fast and when not vacuumed from the floor can be annoying because you will find yourself coated in hair when you go to sit down and relax, it can smell unpleasant, and it can even contribute to respiratory issues.
Musty or Stagnant Smell
All of the different things that build up on your carpet can cause a funky/musty/stagnant odor you may not even notice is there until you go outside in the fresh air and then return back home. Not only that, but it will be an unpleasant greeting as soon as any guests walk in the door.
So How Do You Properly Vacuum?
The best and most effective way to vacuum is to do it on a regular basis. We recommend at least once a week for low traffic areas, and twice a week or even three times a week for high traffic areas such as stairs and the hallway. When you vacuum you want to go in straight overlapping rows just like you are mowing a lawn to make sure you don’t miss a spot. Make sure to do so fairly slowly to allow enough time for proper suction especially when you are pulling the machine back toward yourself.
For more great floor care tips please check out our site, and for carpet cleaning in Mountlake Terrace and surrounding areas make an appointment online or over the phone with All Kleen.
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- Biggest Vacuuming Mistakes People Make
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