HOW TO KEEP YOUR CARPET LOOKING AS GOOD AS NEW
When it comes to home carpet cleaning, vacuuming effectively is essential. You should vacuum your carpet at least weekly and more frequently in heavy traffic areas. This will prevent the build-up of harmful particles of grit which can work their way down into the carpet fibres causing damage. Do remember once a month or so to use the crevice tool to remove dust and fluff from around the skirting boards, under radiators etc. If your carpet has a deep or fluffy pile, you may need to make several passes over the areas which receive the most use – where people sit and over traffic lanes.
A good way to fight odours, particularly if you have pets, is to add a little baking soda to the cylinder or bag. Stain retardants are available but these are best applied following advanced premium hot water extraction by professional carpet cleaners.
In the event of a spill, always try to clean it up as soon as possible before the substance has a chance to soak into the carpet fibres and dry out. Without rubbing at the spill and risking spreading it further, try to soak up as much as you can using a clean, dry, colourfast cloth. Next apply a good, proprietary carpet cleaning agent to a small, inconspicuous area first ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully. When you are happy that the product will not damage the carpet or discolour it, you can begin to tackle the spill. Always begin applying the product from the outside to the inside of the area to be treated. This will prevent it from spreading outwards. If possible, use a clean white bath towel to blot up the excess moisture as this will also help to lift the carpet nap back up.
If the stain proves too stubborn for a DIY clean, cleaning by a professional firm will be the only course of action guaranteed to remove it. Carpet cleaning machines are available for hire, but professional like our selves have more powerful machines at their disposal for use in conjunction with special bactericides, deodorisers and strong detergents which will give a better end result. A Google search will offer up plenty of carpet cleaning companies. Always check though that the firm you choose to use are fully insured, just in case of shrinkage or damage to your carpets.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU HAVE YOUR CARPETS CLEANED
Your carpet gets subjected to a lot in its lifetime. Advanced premium hot water extraction is the most effective way to remove dirt from your carpet and return it to as close to the original purchase state as possible. Keeping it clean is important for your health and wellbeing, as well as for its appearance.
Regular cleaning not only keeps up the appearance of the carpet, it also increases its longevity. Although regular vacuuming is essential for the care of your carpet, it alone is not sufficient to keep your carpet as clean as possible. Advanced premium hot water extraction carpet cleaning is the best way to return your carpet to its prime condition.
When it comes to carpet cleaning, at the very least, you should aim to clean your carpet once every 18 months. This is the bare minimum and the manufacturers of most carpets recommend using advanced premium hot water extraction once a year.
How often you need your carpet cleaned will depend on the type and amount of traffic it is subject to. If you have pets, live in a house with smokers, or the carpet is in a room where lots of pairs of dirty shoes will be walking on it frequently, you should think about having your carpets cleaned much more often. Twelve months, or as often as every three months, may be required depending on the kind of wear and dirt your carpet is subjected to.
Remember that advanced premium hot water extraction carpet cleaning is not just for the sake of appearance. Your carpet can contain invisible dirt, mites and odours. Advanced premium hot water extraction carpet cleaning will remove these problems and leave you with a much healthier environment. Even if your carpet does not look like it is in need of being cleaned, you should still do it once a year for health reasons.
By having your carpet cleaned by a professional regularly – be it yearly or quarterly – you will help keep your carpet looking great, free from health hazards, and in top condition.
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