Caring for your carpetAugust 25, 2016 9:40 pm
How to care for your carpet
When it comes to maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. The dirt is extremely abrasive it against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back-and-forth on it. The second area of focus, of course, is spot removal. You must react to “danger “spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, etc. Can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately. Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.
Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase may be available from your carpet retailer. Stain resistant warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.
Vacuum your carpet often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming remove the sharps oil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of the soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks wild. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.
As a general rule, professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often. Proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. Many stain resist warranties require professional cleaning every two years. Professional cleaning remove the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove. Warning: uninformed carpet cleaners may void the warranty, be very selective which company you hire.
Spot removal and interim cleaning
Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken and how spot cleaning is performed. When the carpet is new, or have sufficient protectant on it, plane tap water will remove many spots. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or you were trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot remover’s that are purchased over-the-counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.
Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terrycloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on the carpet if the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use. Any spot that you were not able to remove, and for pet you’re in or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.
Residential carpets or treated with stain resistant properties and soil resistor is known as Dupont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. After a period of two to three years, some of the soil resister wears off. At that point you should consider having a professional carpet cleaner reapply the treatment after professional cleaning. The soil resister will help the soil slide off of the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]