Carpets are seen almost in every household. Carpets can give a new life to the overlook look of your house but, only if they are kept clean and well maintained. Of course, it’s a given that at some point, you will be doing some carpet cleaning. Before going into the 12 things, first, we should see why cleaning carpets is important.
Importance of Carpet Cleaning
Carpet cleaning is a necessary aspect of being a good homeowner or tenant. It’s critical to keep your floors clean regularly since they can harbour a variety of hazardous germs, mildew, and bacteria that can harm you and your family’s health. Most homeowners or renters disregard carpet cleaning until their carpets “require” or are so dirty that they feel it’s time to clean them. Being responsible means getting ahead of the curve and cleaning your carpets regularly to eliminate harmful bacteria, germs, and mold that may be hiding in your carpet.
It is quite detrimental to your health to wait until the carpet is visibly unclean before cleaning it. Cleaning your carpets regularly will greatly improve the quality of life in your house for you and your family, as well as extend the life of your carpet.
1. Toxic Material in Carpet Cleaning Products
Most of the products on the market for carpet cleaning are safe and will have a minimal impact on the environment. However, some of the carpet cleaning products do contain toxic chemicals which can be hazardous to the person using them as well as other people in the house or pets. So be sure to read the labels carefully before using them. Always try to choose a product with the least amount of chemicals and in the mildest you can find that will work.
2. Clean Often
It’s always best to clean your carpets regularly. If you do not clean your carpets regularly you will need to use a stronger chemical product because the dirt will have ground itself deeper into the carpet and it becomes more difficult to lift. Cleaning your carpets regularly is easier on the environment, your health, and it will help extend the life of the carpet.
3. Use Caution
Read labels very carefully. Not only on the product but any documentation provided with the carpet. Should you use the wrong product or a product with a stronger chemical than your carpet can handle you could damage the carpet.
4. Hire the Pros
If you are not comfortable with cleaning your carpets yourself or you can’t be bothered to rent a carpet cleaning machine, drag it home, and get to work, then hire the pros! Many professionals will clean your carpets for a very reasonable fee and give you a guarantee of the work they do.
If you are laying new carpets chances are the reason you are doing this is that you want them to look appealing and accent the room while at the same time providing functionality. If you install the carpet poorly or install the wrong type of carpet for the area you will have a higher maintenance cost and the carpets will need to be cleaned more frequently. So make sure you choose the correct carpets. Regular vacuuming and spot removal will also lower your cleaning maintenance costs.
6. The Right Underlay
The underlay is more important than you might think and is directly related to carpet cleaning. You need to match the underlay to the type of carpet you will be installing. Carpet should not be placed in areas where water, chemicals or hard to clean products could be spilt. Kitchens, copy rooms, lockers, and entrances to buildings are not good locations to place carpets because your carpet cleaning costs will be high. Poor grade underlay will affect how the stain soaks into the carpet and how difficult stain removal becomes.
7. Stop the Worst
The worst soiling on your carpets comes from outside. So if you stop outside soil from coming in contact with your carpet you will reduce the number of chemical cleaners you will have to use. Place a large walking mat at all outside entrances. Every few days you should vacuum the mats this will prevent soil from entering the carpeted areas of your home. Have visitors remove their shoes so that they aren’t dragging that loose dirt across the carpets.
8. Vacuum Often
Believe it or not, daily vacuuming with a good vacuum cleaner that has good suction and a powerhead with a brush type power bar will help to eliminate soil build-up and reduce the number of times you will need carpet cleaning performed. That’s because the dirt gets picked up before it has a chance to get ground in and soil the carpet.
9. No Drinks
Limit the places you allow the kids to have drinks and messy foods. If you have young children make them stay seated while drinking. If you are concerned about reducing staining then don’t let any family member’s family drink or carry soft drinks, coffee or other food items across the carpet.
10. Act Fast
If you can react to the spill immediately and any spots you see with a good spot remover you will help prevent the stain from becoming permanent and it will save you having to use a carpet cleaner. Be careful what you use to remove stains because if you use the wrong chemicals you could smear the stain and spread it further and deeper into the carpet. Always first try clear cold water and blotting with a cloth to remove the stain and only move on to a stronger product only as a last resort.
11. Toxic Chemicals
Carpet spot removal cleaning products contain some of the most dangerous chemicals found in any cleaning product. If you use these products, be sure to wear gloves and use the cleaner according to the manufactures directions. Avoid all type 4 spot removers because they contain Tetrachloroethylene which is very toxic to people and pets.
12. Carpet Steam Cleaners
Steam or rotary cleaners for carpets use fairly mild products so they are an excellent choice. But you can still misuse them so follow the directions carefully. You will have to be careful that you do not saturate the carpet with hot water. If you do, it will take longer to dry and may result in damage to the carpet.
Some of the cleaners supplied with the machines you rent from the local store are highly toxic. So be sure the room or rooms you are working in have a good supply of fresh air. Be sure to keep kids and pets off the newly cleaned carpets until it is dry. There is always a residue left on the carpets that can be harmful to kids or pets so be cautious. Always let the carpets dry completely and then vacuum right after it is dry to remove any residual contaminants.