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Cleaning Tips for A Long Lasting Carpet

Below you’ll find valuable tips on how to keep your carpet clean to save some money!

Get Rid of Dirt

Did you know that small particles of dirt are sharp enough to cut little fibers in the carpet? Not only that but when you walk across a dirty carpet, the dirt is being pulverized against the yarn by the movement of your feet, creating tiny nicks in the fibers. This causes the fibers in the more occupied parts of the carpet to become worn out and dull. This mats down the carpet and makes it stain more easily. To avoid this, you can follow these tips on keeping your carpet clean and dirt-free: 

⦁ Vacuuming 

To protect your carpet from dirt, it is recommended that you vacuum entrances and areas where most people step on the carpet twice a week. The rest of the carpet can be done every week. After all, frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup. 

⦁ A clean bag or filter 

It is important to have a clean bag, cup, or filter since a dirty one will cut the vacuum’s suction power in half. This is also one of the main reasons why vacuums stop working as they are not clean. It is suggested to replace the filter of a vacuum bag every three months. Washing is also an option, if possible. Replace vacuum bags when they’re three-quarters full.

⦁ Use walk-off mats

To avoid dirt on carpeting, it is essential to use walk-off mats inside and out. These types of mats outside your door will keep dirt off and will make your carpets cleaner. You can also step up your mat game using water-absorbent ones that keep wet shoes from your carpeting.  

When to Apply Professional Help 

It is suggested by most carpet manufacturers to use professional hot water extraction as the main cleaning method for synthetic carpets. While this is considered as “steam” cleaning, there is no steam involved. The cleaning process is done by first applying a detergent solution to the carpet, and then pouring and forcing a very hot rinse solution under high pressure into the carpet and vacuuming it out. If done in a correct way, this method deep cleans and does not leave behind a soapy residue.   

Try to Do-It-Yourself

If you think that hiring a pro is a bit expensive, then the next approach would be to alternate between DIY cleaning and pro appointing for a pro cleaning. DIY cleaning machines can be effective if you understand the process of using them and taking you time to clean the carpet. 

Steam cleaners can be rented from a grocery store or home center. Picking up the machine late in the day will make stores charge you a half-day rate and let you keep the machine until the next morning. The detergent cost is additional. It is recommended to typically use a tablespoon or less per gallon of water.   

Clean The Carpet 

The kind of carpet traffic you have in your house matters in knowing how often should you clean it. When it starts to look dull, clean the carpet. Waiting will not do anything but only make it more difficult to clean. 

Remove or Elevate Furniture

To prevent rust from metal casters or stains from paint due to a damp carpet, put aluminum foil squares, plastic film, or wood blocks under and around the furniture’s legs. 

Don’t Over Wet the Carpet.

Sometimes, you don’t know much moisture has accumulated into your carpet. You might rely on it to dry off on its own, but this isn’t recommended because you might end up damaging your carpet even more. So what you need to do is first clean it with the soap and water solution, then clean it again with the neutralizing rinse solution, before you dry the carpet off two or three times.  

Let It Dry Thoroughly

A wet carpet means that you’ll end up creating the perfect environment for mildew and mold. This can cause further damage to your carpet. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that it’s been dried thoroughly. To do that, you can use various ways such as a dehumidifier, fans, and windows or even turn on the AC speed up the process! 

You can try to get your carpet clean yourself, but it won’t look nearly as lovely as it would if you let Super Kleen do it for you. Leave it up to the Knoxville Carpet Cleaning professionals to do it for you. Reach us at Super Kleen services to book an appointment. We are your friends in time of carpet cleaning needs.