It may seem like a simple question, but what is the best way to keep your carpet clean and protected from an endless series of trampling feet? For some, running a vacuum over the floor once a week may seem like the simple and efficient solution. Businesses may hire a janitor to do the same, but is it effective enough?
If you’re in need of a professional carpet cleaning service, you can call Chem-Dry on 0844 324 5266 for further information, or visit Chem-Dry’s carpet cleaning services page for details about how this service can help your business or home with environmentally friendly, professional cleaning.
However, many mishaps can occur in day-to-day life, which don’t require these measures, with a bit of specialist knowhow being enough for clearing up any spills or other common problems. To help you along, the following steps will allow you to maintain your carpet effectively properly and overcome any unexpected incidents.
1. Regular vacuuming
This remains an excellent way of getting the dirt out of the fibres in your carpet. There are additional benefits, as vacuuming will help your carpet to maintain a fresh appearance. You’ll also ensure it doesn’t begin to smell, which is essential for pleasant home and working environments.
We can recommend vacuuming several days a week, especially if you have any pets. Whether you have a pet cat or a dog, their moulting can quickly clog and spoil your carpet. Vacuuming is one of the best ways you can remove these hairs and keep your environment clean.
However, when you’re busy cleaning, one excellent tip is to not rush through it as quickly as possible. Vacuuming can be a chore, but it’s an effective way to remove grime from your carpet, as well as providing you with extra exercise! So take your time to reap the full benefits.
2. Consider basic carpet protection
As you’ll likely know, certain areas of your carpet will come under much more stress than others. For instance, near your front door or office entrance there will be lots of people walking across it. With the passage of time, this can lead to excessive wear and the carpet can become damaged.
There are a number of ways to avoid this from happening. Firstly, using a good quality absorbent door mat to pick up dirt and prevent it being walked through your property.
Another option is to use carpet runners which can be placed along busy hallways and can often complement your carpet, as well as protect it. A word of caution, though – to avoid trips and falls, make sure these lie flat and, where necessary, are fastened in place with suitable tape or non-slip matting.
3. Get to spills immediately
In the event of the occasional stain (wine splashes being one of the most common problems for homeowners), you’ll want to know the basic techniques which can be used to keep your carpet clean and as near to brand new for as long as possible.
It may seem like common sense to immediately clean a spillage, but a lot of people will ignore stains under the belief they will be able to clean them up hours, days, or weeks later. However, by far the best approach is to act immediately.
We can recommend you dab at stains with a clean absorbent cloth, dampening with plain water if needed. Rubbing away at the stain can damage the carpet fibres and this cannot be reversed. Use of incorrect solutions can “fix” the stain, making it impossible to remove – even for the professionals in some cases!
Blotting the stain, as it’s known, from the outside in is the ideal approach, just keep repeating this action with a clean section of cloth until no more stain is being removed
4. Clean green!
You would not add soaps, detergents, phosphates or other harsh chemicals to our air, lakes, streams or forests, so why would you add them to your carpet? If you need safe, non-toxic professional commercial cleaning or domestic cleaning, get in contact with us here at Chem-Dry for professional carpet cleaning services.
You can also use Chem-Dry’s specially formulated products. The product of choice used by professionals for environmentally friendly cleaning is the non-toxic Stain Extinguisher. This provides a versatile and extremely effective way to get stains removed from carpets, but it can also be used for car interiors and furniture.