Friday, June 21, 2013

Use the Right Tools to Clean


Your carpet is one of the most visible features of your home. Carpet and rugs can be expensive to replace but, with some routine maintenance, can maintain a fresh appearance for years. The key word is “routine.” Keeping carpets clean means more than the occasional pass with the vacuum cleaner. Regular vacuuming with a well-maintained and properly-filtered vacuum cleaner can go a long way to keeping carpet looking new, in between cleanings.

Even with regular sweeping, normal traffic from children, from pets and from outdoor debris can soil carpet fibers and dull the appearance of your carpet. This is why a regular cleaning regimen with a professional carpet cleaner is important.  Your carpet may appear clean on the surface, but periodic cleaning by a certified
technician can remove what you can’t see and help your carpet retain its fresh appearance.

One easy way to keep carpets fresh-looking is, while vacuuming heavily trafficked areas, crisscross these places multiple times. Just one pass of a household vacuum is usually enough to dislodge the most superficial dirt; deep-down particles need more work. Even if the carpet looks clean, it’s not. Dirt and debris can lurk underneath the surface fibers and contribute to lingering odors.

Some carpet types are harder to clean than others, and the material of the fabric, dyes used and length of the pile all factor into this.  Since the construction and sturdiness of the fibers are also variables that affect how maintenance is performed, consider hiring a professional when the correct approach is unclear, especially for the most persistent stains and invasive odors.