Carpets add life to a home by adding color, texture, and pattern. However, spills and stains can ruin their entire look and require different cleaning methods than those used for area rugs or wood floors. Regular vacuuming acts as the first defence against grit and dirt that damage carpet fibres. Every carpet requires routine cleaning especially those placed in high-traffic areas.
Ideally, you should clean your carpets once every year and two or three times if you have pets or small children in the house. In this blog, we’ll offer a small guide on how to clean your carpets.
Vacuum the Carpets on a Routine Basis
The frequency of cleaning depends on a number of different factors. Generally speaking, you should vacuum at least once a week but if you have, let’s say, more than two household members or two cats then its ideal to vacuum at least three times. Homeowners with large, hairy dogs are advised to vacuum at least four times. This is because large pets tend to shed a lot on the furniture and floor.
Use Clean, White Cloths
When it comes to spot cleaning, use white cloths to get the job done. That’s because dyed or patterned rags may transfer some of their color onto the carpet, worsening the problem even further. Pattern-less paper towels are also a viable option.
Begin the cleaning process by blotting out fresh stains using a clean white cloth. Then, use another clean cloth to remove stains left behind after blotting. Spot cleaning is best suited for removing fresh spills that cover a relatively small part of the carpet and is not a substitute for regular carpet maintenance. Also, never use brushes or bristles to clean carpets as they can easily damage the carpet fibres, leaving behind a frayed look.
Choose the Right Carpet Cleaner
There are a number of carpet detergents available in the market. These usually come in cans or spray bottles to make spot cleaning much easier. While there are numerous “all-purpose” cleaners to choose from, it’s important to read the label to see whether the cleaner is suited for your carpet and stains. It’s also important to note that stains resulting from bodily fluids require different cleaning methods to get rid of.
For example, fresh blood stains set faster when cleaned with warm water and removing it requires the use of hydrogen peroxide or cold water. Similarly, pet urine stains require the use of specialized enzyme-based cleaners. if you don’t have an enzyme based cleaner, mix 1/3 vinegar in water solution and finish it up with a detergent.
Some stains are harder to remove than others and often require the help of professional cleaners. Services Pro provides residential and commercial cleaning services in Calgary which also include carpet cleaning. Contact us today for more information.