When it comes to maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical
areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed on a
regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. The dirt is
extremely abrasive against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back and forth
on it. The second area of focus, of course, is spot removal. You must react to
"danger" spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood,
etc. can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately. Listed below are
the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.
Vacuuming: Vacuum your carpet
often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can
cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not
visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Remove any loose
particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these
items can cause a spot on the carpet.
Professional Cleaning: As
a general rule, professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm should
take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may
be required more often. Proper professional cleaning will no leave a sticky
residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. MANY STAIN
RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL CLEANING EVERY 2 YEARS. Professional
cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has
not been able to remove. WARNING: UNINFORMED CARPET CLEANERS MAY VOID YOUR
WARRANTY, BE VERY SELECTIVE WHICH COMPANY YOU HIRE.
Warranty: Stain resist
warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. ALL STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE
REGULAR CLEANING AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.
Spot Removal: Immediate spot removal
is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is
performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap
water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will not move easily
with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is
recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional
cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much
soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any
product that is not specifically for carpet. Apply spot cleaner sparingly to
white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the
cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are
using seems to cause the spot to re-soil after a few weeks, discontinue use.
Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your
professional cleaner immediately.
Protective Coatings: Most
residential carpets are treated with stain resist properties and soil resistors
known as Dupont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. After a period of 2 to 3 years, some
of the soil-resistor wears off. At that point you should consider having a
professional carpet cleaner re-apply the treatment after professional cleaning.
The soil resistor will help the soil slide off of the carpet easier when
vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be