Nothing is quite like the feel of a nice quality carpet between your toes. It is soft to walk on and makes your home complete. Now that you have invested in the carpeting of your choice, you will want it to last as long as possible. Caring for carpeting is important if you want it to last as long as the manufacturer’s warrantee. The average carpet should last between ten to twelve years, but if not cared for properly you could be replacing your carpet in half that time.
We all know the basics of daily vacuum and cleaning up a spill as quickly as possible. But there is much more that needs to be done to ensure your investment stays looking good. In a home that has a high amount of traffic, you may want to place a runner over the entrance and exit of a room. Where pets are involved, even if you vacuum often the hair and dander get trapped beneath the surface and travel down to the netting beneath. Over time this builds up and creates unwanted stains and odor. If you have small children crawling and playing around on the carpeting you do not want them exposed to this as they can develop skin rashes.
There are a few ways to treat your carpet that will help to keep the carpet clean where you do not have the worry about what your family may be picking up from it. You should always have your carpeting scotch guarded when it is first put in. Scotch guard is a great way to reduce the effects of an accident that may happen. Spills are much easier to remove if this is done as it adds a layer of protection making it harder for the spill to stick to the carpet.
Shampooing or steam cleaning as recommended every three months or so to give the carpeting a fresh start. There are many products available that can be purchased for home use. Some of these products work better than others so it is always best to do a bit of research before heading out to buy one. Ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions for the proper cleaning techniques. Shampooing your carpet is beneficial in maintaining the beauty and feel of your carpeting. Over time with regular use carpeting will undoubtedly begin to fade and lose its softness. Shampooing it can help to bring it back to life, providing it is done correctly.
While shampooing is a great choice it requires the use of chemicals that aren’t always good for your family and pets. Also unless the shampooer is used correctly you could be dumping excessive amounts of water on the carpeting. By placing too much water your drying time is expanded and this leaves the door open for the development of mold or mildew.
Of course the best method for cleaning your carpet is steam cleaning. Steam cleaning by a professional cleaning service is safe for the environment as well as your loved ones. Since steam cleaning uses only water and approved chemicals, you can rest assure that your family is protected. Steam cleaning has been
proven to remove nearly all bacteria and allergens from the carpet helping to keep your carpet looking as good as the day it was put in