Carpet cleaning is one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever encounter as a homeowner. Those bright colors and plush fibers add beauty to a room, but they are also magnets for dust and dirt. Therefore, in order to keep your carpets looking new and fresh, a periodic thorough cleaning is essential.
Vacuuming on a regular basis is one way of keeping dirt-buildup to a minimum, but it is no substitute for a thorough carpet cleaning. Before beginning, however, you should know that there are many different kinds of carpets and carpet fibers that the job cannot be approached haphazardly. For, to do so could result in damage your carpet and that could translate into a expensive replacement job.
Residential carpet cleaning – Residential carpets should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, but delaying the job for longer than a year and a half is unforgivable. However, if you have brightly-colored carpets, or if your carpets are subjected to heavy traffic by the kids, or abused by the family pet, then a thorough residential carpet cleaning may have to be performed even more frequently, say 2-3 times a year.
There are several different carpet cleaning methods; the one you choose depends on your personal preference. However, for best results, the water-extraction-method appears to be preferred residential carpet cleaning method for most homeowners. This process involves using a machine to power out the dirt with a water and cleaning solution mixture. The solution is then removed using the machine’s powerful vacuum, taking with it all the dirt that has accumulated in your carpet over time.
Stain removal – in some cases, a small area of your carpet may have received more abuse than the carpet as a whole. When this occurs, alternative measures must be employed to eradicate the pesky stain from your carpet. One such technique that has proven very effective in stain removal is using cleaning solution in concentrated form and applying it directly on the stain. However, before attempting this stain removal process, you should check to see if your carpet’s fibers can withstand the cleaning solution in concentrated form.
Fortunately, most carpet manufacturers include cleaning recommendations along with their product; so, for stain removal, and any other problem with your carpets that you are unsure how to deal with; consult the manufacturers guide, or the supplier who sold you the carpet.