Is there any better feeling than rolling around on freshly vacuumed carpet? Luckily my mom, Marsha Halpin, vacuums often and likes to keep the carpet clean. I overheard her tell the guys at our Gonzales Halpin’s Flooring America location that she has to vacuum so often because of me and my sister. How wonderful is it that she is so concerned about our happiness?!
So while I was wiggling around on that fresh carpet I began to wonder, do humans really know how to care for their carpet so their critters can enjoy it to the fullest? Caring for your carpet will make it last longer and look better longer, but let’s face it – the important part is making us critters happy! I got my sister (human sister that is) to help me out and put together some notes on carpet care so I could spend more time upside down on the carpet!
The most important part of caring for your carpet is vacuuming. When dirty carpet is walked on the dirt and dust trapped in the carpet actually breaks down the carpet fibers causing the carpet to wear & crush. Some important points to remember when vacuuming your carpet are:
- Vacuum all carpeted areas at least once a week.
- Areas with high traffic or pets may need to be vacuumed more often, maybe even once a day.
- Use walk off mats at entry doorways. Mats help trap excess dirt before it gets tracked to the rest of your floors.
- Vacuum AFTER you dust your furniture.
- Avoid vacuuming in the same pattern every time. Changing the direction you vacuum will help keep your carpet looking great.
Professional Deep Cleaning
Follow your carpet manufacturer’s recommendations, but most advise having your carpet professionally deep cleaned once every 12 – 18 months.
Remember that most carpet warranties require you to have your carpet professionally deep cleaned so make sure you save your receipts in a file along with your warranty information.
Don’t wait until your carpet looks like it needs cleaning – have it cleaned regularly and your carpet should stay beautiful for years of enjoyment.
When it comes to creating spots – I am an expert. No, not all of my spots are from “potty accidents!” I happen to know that a cherry glazed honey ham leaves a nasty spot on carpet. I thought I had eaten all the evidence – but the stain on the carpet gave me away!
Take care of the spot as quickly as possible. The sooner you begin to take care of a spot the better your chances are that it will not be a permanent stain.
Remove any solid material with something like a spoon or dull spatula.
BLOT up any excess liquid first with a clean white cloth towel.
Use clean water or a tested spot cleaner and treat the area. You may want to let it sit for a minute or so, then start to BLOT from the outside of the spot in. Blotting from the outside in will help keep the spot from spreading.
You may have to treat and blot the spot several times before the spot is removed.
Once the spot is removed – the most important step is to rinse the area with clean water and blot that water up.
Rinsing the spot with clean water is necessary to remove any residue the cleaner leaves behind. If not rinsed, this residue can attract more dirt to the area creating a new spot.
So now you know some of the basics of carpet care. Below you’ll find a couple resources for carpet care and stain removal.
Stain removal guide from Flooring America: http://www.flooringamerica.com/remove-a-stain
Carpet Care Guide from the Carpet and Rug Institute: http://www.carpet-rug.org/pdf_word_docs/CarpetRug_Care_Guide.pdf
And for your enjoyment…….Here’s a video of me…..showing an example of how NOT to take care of your carpet.