No one can deny that carpets add a special touch to a home. They give homes a luxurious yet welcoming look. They’re soft and warm and there’s just something undeniably comforting about feeling that softness underneath your feet. But, carpets have practical uses, too. Fabric is known to absorb sound and reduce noise. It keeps the furniture in place and prevents it from rolling around. Kids also like carpets because they can play on it as opposed to the cold, hard floor. Falling objects, older adults and tottering toddlers are also better protected against the impact of falling and bruises.
As much as we love carpets, we all know they are difficult to clean. They tend to attract and store dust and dirt. Stains also need special attention to remove them. When carpets are not cleaned and maintained, they become dirty and worn. Faded and soiled carpets will make your home look shabby.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to clean, protect and preserve your carpets.
Carpet Cleaning Basics
1. Vacuum. Regularly vacuum your carpet with a cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filter and bags that are doubly thick.
2. Think fast. Spills and spots should be dealt with urgently to prevent them from settling into the carpet fibers and becoming stains.
3. Deep clean. No matter how careful you are at home, accidents will happen that will stain your carpet and some dirt and grime will escape your reach. Call in the professional carpet cleaners to give your carpet a thorough deep clean every 12 months at least.
When cleaning your carpets, it is important to also consider the carpet style.
1. Cut Pile
One of the most popular types of carpet, cut pile carpets are made from yarn that is coiled and cut. It’s a balance between functionality and price. Cut pile carpets are easiest to clean. Just vacuum them weekly and use a rotating beater bar.
2. Berber Carpet
These are carpets made of thick loops. Berber carpets are all-around, general purpose carpets, strong and durable. They do not show marks. To clean berber carpets, the vacuum cleaner should be “suction only.” Do not use a beater bar as this will tear up the loops.
3. Frieze Carpet
Frieze carpets are made of yarn that’s coiled together, cut and then twisted so that the threads bend every which way. This type of carpet is one of the most durable, but it’s essential that it be professionally cleaned at least once every year to prolong its life. When vacuuming this carpet, use a vacuum cleaner that is still powerful but without a rotating brush.
4. Shag Pile
The shag carpet is a cut pile carpet that has longer strands. It’s thick, warm and comfortable, the kind of carpet that feels wonderful under your feet. It’s attractive and luxurious, however, it is also the most difficult to clean. Stains can be problematic and it would be best to get the carpet deep cleaned by professionals. The best you can do is to quickly mop up fresh spills and spots, vacuum it regularly and use a beater bar.
5. Plush Pile
Plush pile carpets are one of the most luxurious carpets, also called Velvet Pile carpets. The strands are crammed together for a thick, rich texture. The downside to this carpet is that, like the shag pile, it’s prone to marks, stains and fading. To clean plush pile carpets, vacuum at a low setting and use a beater bar. For heavy stains, get the professionals to do a deep clean.
Here are some tips to quickly clean up spills and spots:
- Blot as much of the spill as soon as you can with a dry, white rag.
- Never rub or scrub the spill, just keep blotting until you’ve wiped off most of the liquid.
- When using a cleaning solution, test it first on an unobtrusive area of the carpet. Wait for a few seconds after applying and observe if the carpet was damaged or faded in any way.
- Once the solution is good to go, apply on the spill using another white rag. Wipe gently until the stain is removed and then rinse the previously stained area with cold water. Dab with a dry cloth to get rid of the solution.
- Allow the area to dry.
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