Carpet Cleaning 101

Carpet is a popular flooring choice.  The soft carpet feels good under our feet and helps keep our homes warm.  However, keeping your carpet looking good does require some maintenance.  Carpet can trap dirt and dust.  The carpet fibers also can easily become stained and show unsightly dirt.  To extend the life of your carpet, it is best to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.  So what is the best way to keep your carpet looking good, and in good condition?

The first step is regular vacuuming.  How often you vacuum depends on the level of foot traffic in your home.  A person living alone or a couple may only choose to vacuum once a week.  Households with more people might be wise to vacuum more frequently.  Children and pets are more likely to bring in the dirt, have accidents, or spill food and other debris on your carpet.  If you have children or pets, you may choose to vacuum every day or every other day.

Carpet fibers can also trap smells, and dust deep down.  Even if your carpet appears clean on the surface, there may still be quite a bit of dirt that you don’t see.  People with allergies or respiratory issues would do well to have their carpet cleaned more frequently.  Regular vacuuming often is not enough to pull out all that dust and dirt that gets trapped deep in the fibers.  Some people also like to add a scented carpet powder when they vacuum to help absorb odors and keep their carpet smelling nice and fresh.

It is important to clean stains and spots as soon as possible after they occur.  The longer a stain sits on your carpet fibers, the more difficult it may become to remove.  There are many products sold to assist with removing carpet stains. If regular cleaning does not remove the stain, you may choose to purchase one of these products to assist you.

Regardless of how often you vacuum, there is still the issue of all that dirt that sinks deep down into your carpets and is usually not pulled out by regular vacuuming.  What is the best way to clean all that dirt that regular vacuuming doesn’t get?  Professional deep cleaning of carpet should be a regular part of your carpet maintenance.  It is recommended that you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.  Most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning.  Steam penetrates deep into the carpet fibers and lifts out the dirt and pollutants we track into our carpets on a daily basis.  You may choose to have your carpets professionally cleaned twice or more times per year if you have children, pets, or heavy traffic in your home.

It is up to you to determine the frequency of vacuuming and professional cleaning based on the factors that apply to your home.  With regular upkeep, vacuuming and a minimum of yearly steam cleaning, you can extend the life of your carpet, and keep it looking good for a long time. Allow NSEW Carpet Cleaning to handle all your carpet cleaning needs.

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