Three carpet cleaning tips for proper care:
- Vacuum at the right frequency with a CRI-approved vacuum.
- Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to re-soil quicker.
- Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.
Stop Dirt At The Door
Preventing dirt and grime from getting on the carpet in the first place is the best way to keep it clean. The following helpful hints can stop dirt in its tracks.
- Use mats: Outdoor and indoor mats or runners reduce the amount of dirt that enters your house.
- Take off your shoes: Prevent wear and tear on your carpet by asking everyone to remove their shoes before entering your home.
- Change your air filters: Change air filters in your heating and air-conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the fewer that fall onto the carpet.
Spot Removal Tips
- Act Quickly. Many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain.
- Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white paper toweling (no printing). Do not scrub. Blot until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape up with a rounded spoon. Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed. Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading.
- Chem-Dry’s world famous spot remover is incredibly effective at combating virtually every type of stain known to man.
- Whichever carpet stain remover you choose, be sure to pre-test the spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to be certain the solution does not damage the fiber or the dye. If no change occurs, apply a small amount of the cleaning solution to a white cloth and work in gently.
- Continue using the cleaning solution until there is no longer any transfer of the spill to the cloth.
- Be patient. Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. Be sure to blot the affected area with a dry cloth between applications until all of the solution has been removed. Some cleaning solutions cause rapid soiling if the solution is not completely removed. Apply a one-half inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.
- A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to accelerate drying time.
Wool Wisdom – Tips On Wool Care
Frequent vacuuming is a wool carpet’s best friend.
- An upright vacuum with a beater bar/brush is the best type for cut pile carpet. A suction-only vacuum may be required for loop pile Berber carpets to prevent excessive fuzzing.
- Vacuum cleaner dust bag should be emptied when half full.
- Exercise preventive maintenance by placing absorbent mats at the most frequently used entrances to your home. Change or launder when these mats become dirty. Filters in your heating and air conditioning systems should be changed regularly.
- Periodically clean traffic lanes and the areas in front of frequently used chairs with an absorbent powder (such as Host®, Dri-Matic® or Capture®).
- Keep absorbent cloth or paper towels and cleaning solutions on hand for quick response to spills and accidents.
- Do not apply stain repellent treatments that contain any silicone as they tend to accelerate carpet soiling. Some carpet manufacturers do not accept responsibility where such treatments have been used.
- When having your wool carpet professionally cleaned, use a “WoolCare Specialist” certified by Restoration Industry Association.
Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.
- Washing rugs: If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
- Beating larger rugs: If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside, then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and take it to a professional rug cleaner. Call first to see if the cleaner does rug cleaning as many do not.
- Vacuuming area rugs: Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
- Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs: Clean imported rugs according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or bring in a professional cleaning service. Be gentle with fringe. For heirloom-type rugs, you need professionals.
The carpet cleaning tips above are provided to help you do your best when performing rug care, maintaining carpets, handling emergency spills and caring for wool. But when carpet cleaning tips aren’t enough, be sure to contact Chem-Dry of Richmond when you need professional carpet cleaning and emergency spot treatment.
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