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Simple Carpet Care Tips

By Michael Hilton

The Carpet and Rug Institute reports that a well-maintained carpet can last as long as 15 years. Caring for your carpet can extend its life and make your home a better place. Here are a few simple tips on how to approach carpet care.

Pre-Cleaning Your Way to a Cleaner Carpet

You don't mop the floor before sweeping, right? These simple tips can help you make the most out of your carpet cleaning efforts.

  1. Vacuum before and after. A spot clean, shampoo, or deep clean is always more effective when you vacuum before and after the cleaning. This can remove dirt, fuzz, and any extra cleaning product, maximizing your cleaning effort.
  2. Let cleaning chemicals stand. No need to rush. Let both dry and wet carpet cleaners set for 15-30 minutes (depending on the strength) and get the most out of your materials.

Tips for Choosing Carpet Cleaners

There are dozens of options facing you from store aisles. These tips can help you navigate them.

  1. Stay away from soap. Soap requires more water, which dilutes the soap, and can extend the same. Use instructed amounts of cleaners and leave them for a period of time before blotting and vacuuming them clean.
  2. Go certified. Carpet cleaners certified by organizations like the Rug & Carpet Institute typically produce better results.
  3. Use a steam solution. Some professionals recommend using a small amount of the chemical solution used in steam cleaning for general carpet cleaning. Using around 1/5 of the instructed quantity can be more effective than generic carpet cleaners.

When to Go Pro

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends a professional cleaning every 12-18 months for high-use carpet areas. Spot-cleaning and basic are often straightforward jobs, but for long-embedded, tough stains, hiring a carpet cleaning service may be your best bet.

Sources

Bella Online

The Carpet and Rug Institute

The Southern

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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