Carpet cleaning 101 for the home

You’ve got carpets in the home, you’re going to have to invest some time and a little money in cleaning them.

A clean carpet equals a healthy and safe life.  A clean carpet also means thousands of dollars in repair and new carpet bills.  And more resale value for your home if you decide to sell it at a future date.

Keeping the carpet in your home clean is just a little chore you have to do weekly.  The output far outweighs the input so don’t put it off any longer.

Visualise the outcome not the task

Get yourself into the right frame of mind.  You’re a first home owner.  You have a home that has carpet.  You have to clean and maintain it because you want to live in a good and healthy environment.  You also want to preserve its value.

You have just invested thousands of dollars in new carpets.  You have to clean and maintain it regularly so it stays new for as long as possible.  It’s the same as when we have a new car and we feel like we need to attend to every speck of dust.

You have vulnerable children and aged parents living in your home.  You want to create a safe and clean environment for them to live in.  You have to clean and maintain your carpets.

If you see the outcome, you will not mind the chore that much.   In the next section, we look at the absolute minimum you need to do to clean and maintain the carpet in your home.

Vacuum the carpet

The carpet in your home is a giant filter.  Its purpose is to trap all the dirt, dust and grime you bring into the home.  It is also a protector for the flooring from everyday household stains and pet spills.

It’s easy to see how carpet can start to age with constant wear and tear.  You can slow it down by vacuuming the carpet correctly and regularly.

Vacuuming tips for your carpet

Here are some simple vacuuming tips to make your vacuuming task a little easier.

  1. Invest in a good vacuum
    Match your vacuum to your carpet.  If you have an expensive shag or long pile carpet, use a vacuum with a gentle sucking action.  Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter to effectively remove dust and dirt from the carpet.  A carpet groomer is also a good investment for long pile carpets.
  2. Vacuum often
    The dirtier the carpet, the longer time you have to spend on vacuuming.  A floor that is vacuum every week is less dirty than one that is only vacuum once a month.
  3. Go slow when vacuuming
    When vacuuming don’t rush the job.  Give yourself enough time to do a good job.  If you rush through your vacuuming, you are likely to miss some spots.  So do it slowly and do it right – the first time.
  4. Use overlapping actions
    The technique is important.  If you are doing it wrong, you may just be lifting dust into the air and transferring it somewhere else.  When vacuuming, use overlapping strokes (up and down) to go through an area to make sure you lift all surface dirt and dust away.

Treat all stains immediately

All stains must be attended to immediately.  Carpet fibres can easily absorb household and pet spills.  If you have accidentally spilled food on your carpet, attend to the stain immediately.   If your child or cat had an ‘accident’ on the carpet, clean it up quickly.

Sometimes the best way to treat a stain is water.  So before you rush into the kitchen and make your DIY solution or dig out the store-bought stain remover, consider using a damp microfiber cloth on the stain first.

Here are 3 simple carpet stain remover steps for you:

Step 1: Remove excess immediately

Gently scrape or wipe off surface soil immediately. This will prevent it from being absorbed into the carpet.  If you have spilled liquid, use an absorbent paper towel to dab (not rub) up as much stains as possible first.

Next, damp a cloth with water and try blotting the affected area.  If this does not remove the stain then proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Use a carpet stain remover

Spray the affected area with your carpet stain remover.  You can either use a store bought carpet stain remover or make a gentle cleaning solution from products in your pantry.

For a homemade carpet stain remover, stir 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid into 1 quart of warm water, and add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar, and apply to the carpet stain.

Always do a spot test first before applying your carpet stain remover.  This applies for store bought products as well.

When applying carpet stain remover, do not overwhelm the carpet fibres by over-staining it with your cleaning solution.  Wet carpet presents another set of problems later.  Leave the solution on the affected area for a few minutes (no more than 10 minutes) before moving to Step 3.

Step 3: Blot Stain Away

Use a clean, white absorbent cloth to blot from the outside in.  Blot with cold water then with dry cloth and repeat until stain has completely disappear.  Cover the area with a pile of paper towels or a new dry cloth.  Weigh it down with something heavy and let it dry naturally.

Call in the professionals

You are not really saving money by skipping this option.  Professional carpet cleaning is a pre-requisite for cleaning and maintaining your carpet.

Carpets have to be steam cleaned at least once a year to keep it free of harmful bacteria and germs.  Stubborn stains or widespread staining will require a professional carpet cleaner’s expertise to remove.

If you need a reliable carpet cleaner for your home, call DryTech Carpet Cleaning today.

DryTech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic cleaning and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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