Carpets can give any home a facelift with splashes of color and pattern, as well as unique textures. As with everything, they require constant upkeep in order to keep them as fresh as possible. Here are a few bits of advice from Houston carpet cleaners in hopes they can help you do just that.
Regularly vacuuming your carpet is always recommended, no matter how much traffic your carpets see. However, you should also plan to deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months. Try washing your carpets two or three times a year if you have pets, children or light-colored carpets. Be sure to always follow the carpet manufacturer’s guidelines as well.
The first thing you want to do with all your carpets is to find a spot that is hidden away, not directly in eyesight, so that you can test the colorfastness. Colorfast carpets won’t fade or bleed colors when you go to clean them or remove stains.
What you want to do is go to the spot you’ve chosen to test and vacuum it first, just to be sure there aren’t any stray crumbs or dirt. Then dampen a cloth with the cleaner or stain remover you plan on using, then lay it down on the carpet for an hour or so. Blot the carpet dry afterward with a white cloth. If it’s stained with the carpet’s dyes, test different products until you find that’s right.
Carpet Cleaning Options:
- Rent a carpet cleaner from a supermarket or rental center. Both the cost of renting the machine and all the cleaning supplies, it will put your wallet in a drought quickly if you plan on doing this type of cleaning regularly. But if you don’t have kids, pets or light colored carpets, you can always try it out.
- Another good idea is dry extraction. Dry carpet cleaning systems will have a powdered compound that you sprinkle over the floor, let sit for a while, then vacuum back up. In my experience, they generally work much better than wet extraction carpet cleaners but also tend to be much more expensive.
- If you’re looking to save money, wet carpet cleaning systems work in a pinch; they work similarly to steam mops. My advice, though, would be to still test a small spot a few times before trying it on your entire carpet. You don’t want to get your carpet too wet, or you will end up damaging the fibers.
- Try owning your own professional carpet cleaning system. Home cleaners typically cost quite a bit of money up front but can possibly end up being all you need. However, most home carpet cleaning systems don’t have the same power as actual professional ones.
- As the last line of defense, consider hiring a trained professional or company. They will assuredly have much more cleaning power than what is available to an average person, and you will have the option between dry and wet extraction. Fees can and will be vastly different from company to company.
All in all, carpets require constant attention. Dirt will always be around and will most certainly get tracked through the house. If you ever find yourself simply too busy to deal such a thing, remember that there is a professional carpet cleaning company just a phone call away.