Cleaning your carpet on a regular basis will help maintain the strength of the fibers that are often compromised by the dust, dirt and debris that collects over time. There are, however, proper and improper ways to clean your carpet which can actually affect its life. Cleaning carpets improperly could lead to having them replaced sooner than need be.
There are basic carpet cleaning mistakes that you will want to avoid:
Vacuuming may do a sufficient job of pulling up the dust, dirt, and debris from your carpet, but you don’t want to use your vacuum too often. Vacuuming can actually shorten the lifespan of fibers in your carpet due to the suction that causes them to loosen and become worn. Unfortunately, it can be rather destructive on the carpet. If you vacuum once a week, your carpet will still last a long time.
Vacuums are not all the same as some are made from carpeting while others are made for other types of carpeting. A vacuum with a beater bar and brush on shag carpet will wear, tear, and fray quickly. You only want to use suction-only vacuums on your shag carpeting. Some vacuums will have settings so that you can use them on different types of carpeting, but all vacuums should have the manufacturer’s recommendation as to what type of carpeting is best for their use.
A common mistake made by many people. Not dealing with a spill quickly allows the stain to settle into the carpet. The moment you notice a spill start blotting it up quickly with a dry towel or paper towel first until it’s dry and then use a spray or liquid cleaner to blot it up with a dry towel. Stains are important to deal with right away before it has a chance of becoming a stain.
Chemicals like bleach are never good for your carpet because it damages the fibers and cause them to become weaker. Harsh chemicals can cause discoloration so it’s important to use approved carpet cleaning products and be sure to test them on your fibers before using them on your carpet.
Avoid these common mistakes and you can expect your carpet to last many years. React to spill quickly, avoid the use of harsh chemicals, and vacuum appropriately so that your carpet will remain fresh and new for as long as possible.