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How to Care for Carpet - Tips and Tricks

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March 25, 2024

If you have a new carpet at home, you know just how comfortable and beautiful it is. It introduces warmth and style to any room, no matter how big or small. But if there is one thing you must remember, proper carpet care and carpet cleaning are necessary to keep your carpet looking fresh and beautiful.

Good carpet care means you must vacuum regularly to remove embedded dirt and pet hair, but there is also more to it. Keeping your carpet fresh is also a matter of employing a few clever tricks and strategies that tie into a thorough care routine that keeps your carpet clean and fresh. Let's dive into the different aspects of care:

Vacuum regularly as a priority

Perhaps the simplest carpet cleaning strategy is regular vacuuming. Vacuum cleaning is a type of regular care that will maintain your carpet dust and allergen-free. Vacuuming regularly regardless of your carpet type should stop dirt and other debris from embedding deep within the fibres. How often you vacuum depends on the foot traffic.

  • High-traffic areas - vacuum there at least twice a week, though ideally you can aim at two times. High-traffic areas with carpeted surfaces in commercial spaces should be vacuumed daily.
  • Low-traffic areas - you should probably vacuum at least once a week to maintain the carpet's appearance.

Different carpets require different types of vacuum cleaners. For example, you should use an upright cleaner with a beater bar for a cut pile carpet and a cylinder cleaner for a loop pile carpet.

Vacuuming your carpet regularly is the best cleaning method for dealing with surface dust and allergens accumulating within the carpet fibres. It can also keep pet hair under control and keep the carpet fibres pliable.

If you have bought a VAX machine, check out our guide on how to use a VAX carpet cleaner properly.

Clean spots and spills as soon as possible

Stain removal is another essential aspect of carpet care. Whether it is pet accidents, spilt food or drinks or stains of other nature, you must act quickly. Cleaning a stain immediately is the best way to prevent damage to the fibres and keep carpets in immaculate condition. And you must be ready. If you have children or pets (or both) running around, you should anticipate stains at some point. Here are some other tips to remember:

  • Scoop up solid material from pet stains with a spoon or a dull knife before you try cleaning the rest. You can then address the leftover stain with a white cloth.
  • Always blot and never rub. Blotting is the best stain removal technique, which means applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth. That way you will pull up the stain instead of ingraining it deeper into the carpet fibers.
  • If you are using a specifically designed carpet cleaning solution, make sure you test it on a small inconspicuous area of the carpet first. That way you will know it doesn't damage the material.

Take quick action to prevent stubborn stains and clean them up when they hit your carpet. Make sure you use only the right carpet cleaning products for optimal carpet care.

Get professional carpet cleaning once a year

Keeping your carpet clean and free of embedded dirt and other allergens is not always possible without professional carpet cleaning. Our experts recommend professional cleaning for your carpets at least once every 12 to 18 months, regardless if there is high traffic or not. Professionals use hot water extraction cleaning, also known as steam cleaning. They will bring a carpet cleaner machine and deep clean the fibres, extracting any deeply ingrained spoils. That way carpets remain free of any particles the vacuum cleaner cannot do much against.

Professional cleaning can also remove stains and reduce the effect of normal wear and tear the carpet endures. You can save time cleaning and breathe new life into the carpets of your house by hiring professionals to deep clean them.

Remove furniture dents with a coin

Heavy furniture can leave dents on the carpet after a certain time by crushing the piles. Experts recommend moving furniture at certain intervals to reduce the effect it has on the carpets. Stroke the area of a dent with a coin. Another method is to apply an ice cube there and fluff up the pile with your fingers.

Do not pull snags to protect carpet fibres

Over time area rugs and carpets develop sprouts and snags. Your first instinct may be to pull at them but that is not ideal. It could lead to permanent damage to your carpets. Instead, you should clip the snags with a scissor. That way you will improve the appearance of the carpet without risk of damage.

Remove pet hair with a squeegee

If you have pets at home, you know shedding can be a problem. Pets get hair all over the carpet and upholstered furniture. To keep your carpet and other surfaces free of hairs, simply use a squeegee. When vacuuming alone doesn't cut it, a squeegee can help you pull up pet hair from the pile. And while you are at it, be on the lookout for pet stains.

Use mats and carpet protectors

A clean carpet calls not only for vacuuming but also for some prevention. Placing mats and area rugs at strategic locations with high foot traffic will stop a great deal of dirt and other spoils from ending up on your carpet. Such areas are the hallways, entryways, doors that lead to a patio or backyard, etc. Instead of only focusing on ways to remove embedded dirt, you can easily prevent it from entering your home and maintain good indoor air quality this way.

Apart from mats and rugs that keep dust out, you should also shield your carpets from the sun's UV rays. Direct sunlight can cause discolouration over time so every carpet care guide mentions using blinds and curtains to prevent that. You can extend your carpet's life this way and reduce wear.

Another tip on the topic of prevention: you should change the air filters in your AC system. If the filter is dusty, it will push some of the debris onto your carpet.

Clean carpets contribute a great deal to the appeal and feeling of your home. It is up to you to use the best care tips to prevent stains and deal with cleaning your carpet in the best possible way to prolong its life.

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