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Carpet Cleaning Tips

By Michael Hilton

Despite all your efforts to keep your new carpet clean, it will inevitably become soiled. Without a doubt, professional cleaning provides the best cleaning result, but you cannot always afford a $300-$400 cleaning bill to keep your carpet in tip-top shape. The average carpet is cleaned too infrequently and as a result, the average carpet lifecycle is significantly shortened.

Carpet cleaning frequency

Today's synthetic detergents are engineered to rinse more easily than the true soaps of the past. However, carpet cleaning with some synthetic detergents can cause rapid soiling, if proper cleaning solutions are not used. Carpet cleaning should occur before the appearance of soil to reduce permanent fiber damage. Regular carpet cleaning and proper care can extend the life of your carpet. Carpet should be cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months, but some areas of the home may require more frequent cleaning

Carpet cleaning and topical treatments - Under normal circumstances, carpet cleaning will not destroy soil and stain resist treatments; however, foot traffic can damage some soil resist treatments. It is not necessary to reapply these treatments after every carpet cleaning if regular cleaning is performed. Occasional (every two to three years) reapplication of these treatments can enhance the beauty of your carpet.

Do-it-yourself cleaning - Do-it-yourself cleaning and frequent vacuuming between professional carpet cleaning can extend the life of your carpet. In cleaning carpet yourself, always follow directions carefully for dilution ratios of the cleaning solution to reduce soiling and avoid over wetting the carpet to discourage microbial growth and odor. Precautions should be taken to ensure complete drying within twenty-four (24) hours. High humidity conditions may require the use of the home heating and air conditioning system, air movers (fans), or additional drying strokes with the cleaning equipment.

Did You Know?

Regular carpet cleaning, using hot water extraction, steam cleaning, dry foam extraction, bonnet cleaning, spot removal (carpet stain removal), stain removal, and regular vacuuming, is important in extending the usable life of you carpet. Carpet cleaning should be performed every 12 months even if it does not appear soiled to protect your carpet investment.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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