Carpet Cleaning Tips and Caring For Your Area Rugs In Your Home

Carpet and Rug Cleaning

Cleaning Your Carpet

To keep carpets looking nice, Paul Iskyan, owner of Rug Renovating, suggests taking off your shoes when you get home – but leave your socks on because walking around in bare feet leaves natural oils that attract dirt.

Try to vacuum every day and use a top-load vacuum, so the dirt falls inward, and HEPA filters. Change the filters often, so you don’t blow pollutants back into the air.

For less-trafficked areas, you can get away with cleaning the carpets once or twice a year, and every 18 months for a bedroom. For higher-traffic areas, the most often you’d need to bring in professionals would be three or four times a year, although once you see that your carpet’s dirty, you probably should have it cleaned for health reasons.

Did you know that one of the best ways to maintain your carpets is to prevent dirt and debris from collecting in them? One of the easiest ways to prevent the amount of dirt and debris that collects on your carpets is to take your shoes off before walking on your carpet. Vacuuming your carpets at least once a week is a great way to keep your carpets looking and smelling fresh.

If you have pets and are getting new carpeting, ask the retailer or installer to use a carpet pad that has been treated to fight pet odors, in the event of an accident.

To ensure you have the most success with steam cleaning your carpets, rugs, and upholsteries, it is important to vacuum your home rigorously. This removes excess dirt and debris from these materials and reduces the amount of muddy mixture that results from applying hot water to your carpets.

Did you know that one of the biggest problems pet owners have is pet odors in their carpets? Pet urine can soak through the backing of your carpet and create a multi-layered problem that can be very difficult to get rid of.

If you want to clean your carpets and rugs without using potentially harmful chemicals, you should ask a professional about chemical-free cleaning solutions. These use ingredients such as sea kelp, distilled water, and vinegar to clean your carpets and are completely safe for the environment.

Caring for Your Area Rugs

Philip Costikyan of Restoration by Costikyan says you should clean your area rugs every four or five years – or every 10 years if a rug is not walked on much. Overcleaning contributes to wear and tear. Really fine silk rugs need be cleaned only every 20 or 30 years.

For treating stains at home, keep a bottle of club soda on hand. Stains caused by pets, coffee, orange soda, red wine, and anything with dye or an acid base are the hardest to remove, and the key is to act quickly. Pour club soda directly onto the area, let the soda absorb into the yarn, and the salt in the soda will neutralize the acid. Blot again and again, until the residue is gone.

For bloodstains, you should use milk instead, and for soil and grease-based stains, mix 1 part Ivory soap detergent with 16 parts water. If you still see residue when it dries, call an expert.

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The Cleaning Company: People often ask us how do we clean? How do we clean carpet, how do we clean upholstery, how do we clean rugs and draperies? I find myself going into a big explanation that probably doesn’t even give my customer the most important piece of information they should know.

We clean your furnishings conscientiously. We are not in a hurry. We care about the results. We want to be proud of our work. We want to you to be satisfied. We want you as a repeat customer and most of our business is repeat customers. For those of you who like details I’ll give you a brief description of how we clean.

Wet Cleaning:

The best way to clean is with water. If your fabric can be wet cleaned that is how we will clean it. First we will vacuum, then we will pre-spray spots to loosen that particular type of stain. Then we will spray the entire piece of furniture with a live enzyme that has a soil releasing agent, then we will rinse the furniture with a special additive. This additive “invites” or “attracts” the soil to it, taking or transferring the soil from your furniture into itself and out of your fabric. The rinse water is not recycled, and your furniture is left nearly dry. We use the same wet method for cleaning carpeting.

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Dry Cleaning:

Dry cleaning means don’t use water, use dry cleaning solvent. The unfortunate problem is, that most everyday spots do not release with solvent cleaners. To dry clean furnishings we pre-spray in small areas with the dry cleaning solvent, we employ several different techniques to remove spots and heavily soiled areas. Then we vacuum out the solvent cleaner and repeat on the next area. Silk draperies are cleaned this way, by hand, each spot given individual and detailed attention.

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