Q. How often should carpets be vacuumed?
A. At least once a week, more often for high traffic areas.
Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by
preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet
Q. How long should it take to vacuum my carpets?
A. Take your time vacuuming. Quickly vacuuming your carpets will
get the surface debris. However, the dirt and dust that damages
carpeting will still be down low in the fibers. Go over each section of carpeting several times. This will raise the pile of the carpeting allowing small particles to be extracted.
Q. Are there areas of the carpet that should be vacuumed more than others? A. Yes, high traffic areas, as well as areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas using crisscross patterns overlapping strokes. Also be sure to use crevice tools to clean around baseboards and hard to reach areas.
Stain Removal When living with carpeting, it’s not if something gets spilled on it, it’s when will it happen?
As tempting as it is to move furnishings to cover spills, it’s really not the best solution. Besides, it may look a little strange with your ottoman placed in the middle of the room with nothing else around. Many items spilled on carpet are not that difficult to remove.
The most important thing to remember, clean spills up immediately after they occur!
Q. Should I rub or dab carpeting while cleaning a spill? A. Don’t rub the spill! Rubbing can spread the problem to a larger area. It can also fray carpet fibers, causing a spot that looks worn.
Q. Should I use commercial carpet cleaning products? A. Commercial cleaning products should be used sparingly if at all. These types of products can leave behind a film that will attract dirt in the future. Always be sure to test a small inconspicuous area of the carpet prior to use.
Q. What type of rag should be used for clean up? A. Use a white towel to avoid bleeding of the color of the towel onto carpeting. You may need more than one to remove excess moisture. This can be done by stacking a few towels on the wet area and putting something heavy on top.
Q. What can I use if I should stay away from commercial cleaning products? A. That is a good question! Here are some tips for some of the most common spills.
Many stains like Gravy, Salad dressing, Urine and Coffee can be cleaned up using a mixture of 1 tsp. mild detergent, 1 tsp. white vinegar and 1 qt. warm water. First wipe or soak up as much of the spill as possible. Apply the solution to the spot. Soak solution and stain up with white towel. If the stain remains, repeat. Let the carpet dry and vacuum.
Candle Wax & Chewing Gum: Press an ice cube against the stain. After the wax or gum harden, gently pull it off of fibers.
Red Wine: When red wine is spilled on your carpet, dilute it with white wine, then clean the spot with cold water and cover with table salt. Wait ten minutes, and then vacuum up the salt.
Mud: Allow the mud to dry completely and then lightly brush or scrape off as much as possible. Use the above mentioned solution to clean the mud. Repeat as necessary and dry thoroughly with white towels. Vacuum gently after carpet is dry.
Tip for odors Vacuum up a small amount of baking soda into the bag of your vacuum cleaner. This will help absorb odors that could cause the air to smell stale after.
Keeping your home vacuumed will expand the life of your carpeting as well as keep down dust and allergens.