Carpeting can be a tougher thing to clean than hardwood floors simply due to the fact that your carpet fibers can get so easily stained while flooring typically won’t absorb such discolorations due to high foot traffic.
But high traffic areas on carpet can start to show up pretty quickly if you’re not dedicated to the task of preserving the look and feel of your carpet through simple cleaning and maintenance. When you purchase carpeting for the home, you should do so with the understanding that you’re prepared to care for it accordingly.
For those homes that see an abundance of foot traffic throughout each room, this can be a greater challenge as more individuals walking and playing on the carpet brings the potential for a higher risk of spills, accidents, and the stains that can so easily be left behind as a result.
Not to mention the consistent routines of ground-in dirt and bacteria that can get buried deep inside the carpet from so many shoes walking across it. You may think carpets are designed to withstand the punishment that comes with all that foot traffic, but even the most high-tech carpets outfitted with all kinds of coatings and stain-resistant enhancements can still begin to show premature signs of aging and wear and tear if you fail to do your part as to administering even sporadic cleaning and maintenance.
When dirt gets ground into the fibers of your carpet with any type of regularity, those granules and particles will begin to physically damage the fibers and begin to show up as dark spots on the surface of your floor covering. Unfortunately, you can never clear away these dark areas because the fibers have been permanently damaged. Those aren’t stains you’re seeing, so you won’t be able to lift them up.
Now that you know the dangers of failing to maintain your carpet, let’s avoid them by going over the best methods for keeping your rugs and carpet in peak performance.
Your weekly calendar is filled with a variety of meetings, events, and other appointments you just can’t miss. Homeowners who have a lot of foot traffic moving through the house need to start adding another can’t miss appointment to their schedules – cleaning their carpets.
You’ll want to vacuum your carpet at least once a week, perhaps more if your home has children and pets. Vacuuming eliminates all the dirt, grime, hair, dander, and germs that can easily get trapped in the fibers of the carpeting and remain there. Remember, dirt accumulation can have a long-term impact on the condition of your fibers.
While you don’t need to do this on the same day every week, you really should do it on a weekly basis.
Shampooing your carpet should be done on a monthly basis to help lift up any pesky stains that might have remained from a recent spill. A monthly shampoo treatment can also have a beneficial effect on eradicating any bacteria that may be lurking in your fibers. Both vacuuming and shampooing are essential for maintain a rug or carpet in a high traffic area of the home.
But these are not enough to keep a carpet looking as good as new for as long as you own it. You will also need to schedule a professional deep cleaning once or twice a year. This type of maintenance may even be recommended by your carpet manufacturer and you could void the warranty that came with your carpeting if you fail to do so. When the time comes to have your carpets deep cleaned, give
Green Dog Chem-Dry in Chesapeake, VA a call and we’ll perform the work that needs to be done in accordance with your warranty and to negate the effects of all that high foot traffic throughout the year.
This may sound like simple common sense, but the other effective method for maintaining your rugs and carpet is to keep those spills and accidents from having any sort of lasting effect. That means springing into action the second something hits your carpet.
The quicker you act, the less likely a stain will set in as a result. Clearing away those messes right as they’ve happened is still the best solution. But just be sure you clear them away properly, meaning no wiping or rubbing. Blot blot blot at that spill, gently absorb the excess moisture that has been left behind so it doesn’t soak into the carpet fibers or backing material.