How To Maintain Carpet
There are several things that you can do to either increase or decrease the life of your carpet. We see a lot of carpet problems in our business and a good number of them could have been prevented. Learning how to maintain carpet properly is the key to its longevity.
I would suggest to you that using spot removers can cause many problems with your carpet. Just spraying the spot remover on a spot and rubbing it with a cloth does not remove the detergent. The spot needs to be rinsed with water. By not rinsing the spot it can cause rapid resoiling of the area. You will not notice this right away, but in a few weeks you will look down and say that spot came back. Actually the spot did not come back but the detergent residue left in the carpet attracted new dirt to itself making it look like the spot came back. So put the spot remover on a rag, gently rub or tamp the spot and then rinse with clean water. A squirt bottle of water and a wet/dry vacuum could help you remove the detergent residue.
Color loss in carpet is another problem we see. This can be caused from many different things. Make sure that if the spot remover you use has an expiration date on it, that it is not expired when you use it. Sometimes the use of “old” spot removers can cause color loss in carpet. Check for an expiration date before using. Color loss can also occur from bleach, acne medicine, toilet bowl cleaners, etc.
One of the best and easiest things to do to extend the life of your carpet is to vacuum. When you vacuum you should vacuum north, south, east, and west. This will ensure that you do a thorough job. There is research that has been out for many years that states that a little more than 70% of soil in carpet can be removed with a thorough vacuuming. Of course it goes without saying that the vacuum should be in good working order and have a clean bag to do the best job. Then follow the manufacturers guidelines for getting your carpet professionally cleaned.
A good rule of thumb is to only put in the carpet what you can get out of the carpet. Taking a moment to learn how to maintain carpet will help you out tremendously in the long run.