Carpet Cleaning And Maintenance

Congratulations on your recent purchase of new carpet! With proper care and maintenance, you will get many, many years of enjoyment out of your investment. This information is courtesy of the Carpet and Rug Institute and more information can be found on their website at www.carpet-rug.org.

Also, Shaw (one of the large carpet manufacturers) has a great free "App" for your phone that catalogs hundreds of possible stains and their treatments. It is called "Shaw Stain Center." Feel free to always contact us with any questions; we are here to help you maintain the beauty of your new carpet!

Here are four simple steps to keep your carpet clean and looking great:

1. Vacuum high traffic areas daily, and everywhere according to a vacuuming schedule.

2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to resoil quicker.

3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.

4. Stop dirt at the door by using mats outside and in, taking your shoes off when you enter the house and changing your air filters to reduce airborne dust particles.

When Spills Happen: A Two-Step Solution

With today's stain-resistant carpet, treating spots and stains has never been easier. Still, no carpet is completely stain proof. The key is to act quickly! So, to knock out spots, give them a one-two punch.

Step One: Absorb the Spill

Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels (no prints or colors). Using a printed or colored material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet. Continue until the area is barely damp. Semisolids, like food spills, may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up.

Warning: do not scrub or use a brush. Bristles and scrubbing can damage carpet. Fraying and texture change are the likely results.

Step Two: Treat the Spot or Stain

Use a CRI Certified Seal of Approval carpet cleaning product. Though these have been laboratory tested, you should still pre-test any cleaner on a scrap of carpet or in an out-of-the-way area of your carpet.

Follow the product's directions carefully. More is not better. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently, from the edges to the center. Blot; don't scrub. You may need to do this several times to remove the spot. After the spot is gone, blot the area with clear water once or more to remove any remaining product.

Special Tips for Pet Owners

Do you have a pet? You can combat pet odors and stains in many ways:

  • Vacuum carpet more frequently to capture pet hair and dander from your pet's fur.
  • Use that are specifically designed for pet stains and odors.
  • Clean up new messes promptly and then follow the steps for spot and stain removal.
  • Use small hand extractors for quick cleanups of pet accidents, but remember that these quick clean ups don't take the place of periodic deep cleaning.
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months More frequently if necessary.
  • Don't use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots because the heat will set the stain and the smell. Extracting the spill with a wet-vacuum and rinsing with cool water will reduce the odor. If necessary, call in certified carpet cleaning firms that know how to remove pet stains and odors permanently.

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