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Carpet Care and Maintenance Guide

9 Expert Carpet Cleaning Tips

Want to learn how to clean new carpet the right way? The carpet experts at Color Interiors Floor Center have compiled all our knowledge about carpet protection & maintenance into this helpful guide.

Proper care is the key to keeping carpeting looking newer, longer. With the right knowledge, you’ll have a carpet that lasts for many years to come!

New carpeting can be elaborate and elegant, cool and contemporary or tasteful and traditional. It’s one of America’s most popular home floor-covering choices!

The feeling of soft carpeting underfoot can’t be beat, either. It’s warm, cozy and inviting. Keep that feeling alive with a proper cleaning routine!

Vacuum carpet

Tip 1: Protect all entrances.

Place walk-off mats wherever there are entrances to your home. Soil can get tracked in from anywhere. Entryways from backyards, garages and so on should all have doormats. A few dollars invested in these mats can prevent a lot of dirt and grime from being tracked across your beautiful new carpet.

 

Tip 2: A vacuum cleaner is a must.

A good vacuum cleaner can be your carpet’s best friend. Buy a quality vacuum and use it weekly. There have been significant improvements to vacuum cleaners over the past few years, making them easier to use and better at doing their job. Plus, they’ve gotten lighter in weight, stronger in suction, and are loaded with convenient features. There are even unattended robotic vacuums like Roomba that can do the work while you’re sleeping! Thorough vacuuming removes loose dirt and dust from carpet fibers, which, if left alone, can get ground into your fibers, fraying them and dulling your carpet’s appearance. Over time, these particles dull your carpet’s appearance. Frequent vacuuming maintains the beauty of your floor covering and extends its life.

 

Tip 3: Know where to concentrate your efforts.

High-traffic areas may need to be vacuumed more often. Use a machine with a good beater bar and maximum suction. You should also get attached to using the vacuum cleaner’s various attachments. They make it easier to clean the tight spots – along walls and up and down the stairs – and to apply more pressure on ground-in dirt.

If your vacuum uses bags, be sure to change them frequently for maximum cleaning efficiency. Some newer model vacuums have been designed without bags, making the chore of vacuuming even simpler, and more efficient.

 

Tip 4: Cushion is critical.

Carpet cushion or padding plays an important role in preserving the look and feel of your carpet.  Investing in a good carpet cushion from the start will prevent your carpet from matting and crushing underfoot. Carpet pads also offer additional soil and stain protection as well as ventilation between the carpet and the floor, making vacuuming easier and more efficient.

 

Tip 5: Treat snags with surgical precision.

Looped carpets can snag, especially at a seam or a carpet transition. Don’t vacuum over loose yarn or try to pull out the snag. Instead, treat it as you would a loose thread on clothing. Carefully snip the yarn flush with the carpet, taking care not to catch any surrounding loops.

 

Tip 6: Understand how weight & sunlight affect carpet.

Another important and often overlooked part of keeping your carpet in top condition is in the placement of heavy furniture. Heavy furniture can compress or crush the carpet pile, leaving noticeable indentations that you might not discovered until you redecorate or move. You can avoid this by rearranging your furniture periodically.

Carpet near windows and patio doors can be subjected to harmful ultraviolet rays. These rays can deteriorate the carpet’s appearance and ability to withstand wear. If possible, be sure to use window treatments that offer some protection against sunlight, and keep curtains drawn when you’re not in the room.

 

Tip 7: Attend to spills immediately.

Treat spills as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the they’ll soak into the fibers, increasing the possibility of a stain. Immediately blot up as much of the liquid or debris as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel. Don’t rub or scrub the area with a rag, as this can damage fibers and may create a permanent scar.

Use warm water (not hot or cold) to rinse the stained area completely. Hot water can set the stain and make it difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Press clean cloths deeply into the carpet to soa up moisture until the stain no longer appears on the cloth. If a stain remover is needed, blot up excess moisture before applying and work gently. Do not over-apply the stain remover. Next, thoroughly rinse the area with warm water, then absorb the excess dampness with a clean cloth. After your carpet has dried, vacuum to restore its texture and appearance.

 

Tip 8: For more thorough cleaning, call the pros.

Unfortunately, time and foot traffic will take their toll on your carpet. To protect your investment, cleaning by a reputable, professional cleaner is suggested approximately once a year. Call on their knowledge, equipment and experience to do a more thorough job of removing stubborn stains and embedded soil while still maintaining your carpet’s warranty. You only need to do this once or twice a year. Too much commercial cleaning can cause your carpet to lose its built-in protection and could even damage it.

 

Tip 9: The manufacturer always knows. Read your guidelines!

Be sure to read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer of your carpet. Different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.

Consistent upkeep and periodic professional cleaning will keep your carpet beautiful, inviting and durable for years to come. At Color Interiors, we highly recommend investing the time and effort in regular care and maintenance of your new carpet. Keep it a source of pride and comfort, with and without your shoes on.

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