As life goes on, it’s easy to forget and neglect the health of your carpeting. While bi-annual professional carpet cleaning is recommended for a thorough deep clean to help prolong the life of your carpeting, here are 5 in home steps you can take to help reduce the wear of your carpet.
1. Regular Vacuuming
Depending on the use of the carpet will affect how often it needs to be cleaned. Carpeting with high traffic will require more frequent cleaning than carpeting with low traffic. High traffic rooms, such as bedrooms, living, and family rooms may need vacuuming every few days, while low trafficked carpeting, such as closets and the dining room, may need to be vacuumed once or twice a week. Vacuuming will pick up dust, dirt, and debris that can settle and work into the flooring fibers. Over vacuuming your carpet can have the adverse effect of making your carpet appear worn.
2. Spot Cleaning
Before you use a cleaning solution on your carpet, you should test it in an inconspicuous area to see how the chemicals react. Be careful not to scrub the carpet fibers as this motion can cause the fibers to unwind and fray leaving your carpeting tattered and warn. Instead, use a clean cloth and blot the solution into the carpeting, removing the stain from the carpet.
3. Dust And Clean Your Furniture
Dust and debris will settle on your furnishing, if not removed, it will accumulate and cause a musty odor. If disturbed dust can also fall or settle into the carpet, the odor and particles can cause allergen and respiratory irritation. Frequent surface dusting can help reduce this buildup and help control the air quality in your home. When vacuuming, be sure to use your vacuum hose attachments to clean in between the wall where dust is likely to accumulate.
4. Wear Slippers Or Soft Soles Shoes
While most people request that you remove your shoes when entering their home, it is best to either leave clean shoes on or wear soft-soled shoes around the house, like slippers. Dirt on shoes can be easily vacuumed and removed from flooring. However, bare feet can transfer sweat and oils into the carpeting which can also contribute to foul odor and discoloration.
5. Children and Pets
While we love our babies, both human and furry, these little creatures can take a toll on the carpeting. Unsupervised eating, dirty shoes, and increased hair and pet dander can result in excess debris and bacteria which can be absorbed and pushed into the carpet fibers where it may be difficult to remove by a regular household cleaner. As animals go outdoors and come back inside, pollen, dirt, and debris can be carried and distributed throughout the house which can also affect the air quality in your home. Keeping your animals clean and by dusting and vacuuming, you can help reduce the amount of dirt, pollen, and dust that can cause respiratory irritation.
Hiring a professional cleaner to clean your carpets twice a year will help prolong the life of your carpeting. As people walk, sit, sleep and eat on the floor, there will be a build-up of debris, as well as, sweat and bodily oils. Professional carpet technicians can treat and remove stains from carpeting leaving your carpeting clean, healthy and enjoyed by your family. If you’re in the metro Detroit area contact the experts at Chet’s Cleaning for all your professional cleaning needs!