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Carpet Cleaning Tips

How to Care For Your Carpet

  1. Warranties
    A copy of the specific warranties on your carpet should be available from the retailer where you purchased the carpet or from your home builder. Stain resist warranties range from 5 to 20 years. ALL WARRANTIES REQUIRE REGULAR PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.
  2. Vacuuming
    Vacuuming your carpet often. This removes damaging dirt that sits down in your carpet, cutting the fibers and causing premature wear. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum once a week for every person living in the home and always before dirt on the carpet is visible.
  3. Professional Cleaning
    A complete cleaning should be done by a professional certified cleaner once per year. Heavy traffic areas require more cleaning and should be cleaned more often. Professional cleaning removes many stains and soil that vacuuming and spot treating have not been able to remove. Be selective when choosing a cleaner- uneducated cleaners may strip your stain resistor and leave behind sticky residue.
  4. Spot Removal
    Removing spots and spills immediately is necessary to maintain clean carpet. Any bits and pieces should be removed first. All excess liquid needs to be soaked up with a white towel. Great care must be taken when removing spots so as not to harm the carpet. When carpet is new (first 2 years) it still has plenty of protectants on it and many spots can be removed with just water. All other spots should be removed with a spot cleaner made specifically for use on carpet.
  5. Protectants
    Residential carpets are treated with stain and soil resistors during the manufacturing process to protect the carpet. After 2 to 3 years, most of this protectants wears off in high traffic areas. It should then be re-applied by a carpet cleaner after a professional cleaning to prolong the life and 'clean ability' for your carpet.

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Carpet Maintenance Tips

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING THE BEAUTY AND EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR CARPET AND FABRICS

  • Entrance Mats
    Using entrance mats inside and outside of doorways will reduce the amount of soil brought onto your carpet. As much as 75% of the dirt and grime in your carpet is tracked-in soil.
  • Vacuuming
    Nothing is more important for maintaining beautiful, long lasting carpet than vacuuming. Dry soil is abrasive and can actually damage carpet fibers, causing accelerated wear. In addition to creating a dingy, poor appearance, it will also diminish the effectiveness of your stain-resistant protective coating. A vacuum with a beater bar will give the best results.
  • Professional Cleaning
    Periodically, have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned, Most carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction as the best method for cleaning carpet, and many require periodic hot water extraction cleaning as a warranty requirement
  • Clean Up Spills Immediately
    The quicker you attend to a spill, the easier it is to remove. Always blot the spill. Use a clean, white absorbent cloth. Never rub or use a brush. Rubbing can actually make the stain worse and permanently alter the look of the carpet fiber or fabric.
  • Carpet and Fabric Protection
    Protectants are the perfect solution for protecting your carpets and upholstery from soil and stains. It also helps to extend the life of your carpets and upholstery by making the removal of dirt easier, and by helping restore stain blocking performance for easier food and spot removal.

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