Carpets thrive on regular care. Your carpets take a daily challenge from you, your family and any household pets. Contaminants, not all immediately visible, are continually dropped on them including, food spillages, general dust and pollutants from the outside traffic and air.
There is little you can do to avoid most of this but there is a great deal you can do to minimize the effect!
Regular care and preventative measures will give your carpet years of service. This brief guide will explain how to keep your carpets looking fresh for many years:
- Take your shoes off and keep indoor footwear near to the main entrance.
- Place mats at all entrances
This will help catch much of the transitory soils that come in with your shoes. Mats will also help prevent those unsightly darker areas near your doors.
- Clean any hard floors that meet up to your carpets as this will help stop the dirt from the flooring transferring on to the carpet, causing a dark area on the first section.
- Vacuuming at least twice a week is the best way of maintaining your carpets.
Slow movements from left to right, right to left etc. Upright ‘brush and beater bar’ vacuum cleaners are the most effective.
Major and periodic professional cleaning
Most carpet manufacturers recommend that carpets be cleaned at least every 12-18 months. This will depend on factors such as the number of people living in the house, whether pets contribute to soiling and also on the occupations of the householders!
A thorough deep clean will help remove the dirt accumulated in depth, rejuvenate your carpets and make them look as good as the day they were laid down.
Should regular cleaning not take place, the dirt and grit will penetrate deep into the pile and contribute to wearing in the traffic areas. These areas then become worn and darkened. This scenario is often difficult to fully reverse.
Although every stain is unique, there are a number of things that always remain the same. At ‘Roger’s’ we want you to have the best chance of removing a stain completely from a carpet, rug or your soft furnishings.
It is important, in any case, to treat the spill straight away. Mop it up. Don’t rub. Use a blotting effect working from the outside edge of the stain towards the centre. If you don’t get it all up, dilute with water and blot up again. Be careful and do not overwet the carpet.
In case you have not noticed the spill in time, you may find that more treatment is necessary.