Carpet Cleaning Guide

Why Carpet Care is Essential for Your Home or Business

Carpet flooring is a lot more than just a plush addition to your home under your feet. They are significant in your home’s character and overall comfort. The right carpet can change your home, add warmth, and even add a pop of color where you need it. Just like any other investment, carpets require maintenance and cleaning. This floor cleaning guide is just what you need to understand how to properly clean your carpets with the right tools and products to make them last. We never want your carpets to be an annoyance to you; we want them to be your source of comfort. 

In this floor cleaning guide we’ll dive deep into the main essentials of how to properly clean your carpets. From daily maintenance to deep cleaning and stains, we have you covered. If you’re a new homeowner looking to learn or someone that has had carpets for years and want to revive them to what they once were, we will provide you with the information and tips. 

Regular carpet cleaning is about creating a healthy environment in your home. Carpeting is more prone to dust, allergens, and other nasty things that can make your home life frustrating. However, it’s as easy as cleaning your space every day. The untouched dust and allergens can impact the air quality. By regularly and properly cleaning your carpets, you’re preserving the beauty of them as well as the overall health of your loved ones that live in the space. Let’s dive into the floor cleaning guide to discover how to keep your carpets looking fresh! 

Understanding Your Carpet

Before we dive into how to clean your carpet, it’s best to understand your carpet. There’s a wide variety of carpet types and materials used to create carpeting. Each one of these types and materials require different ways of cleaning and maintaining. The knowledge that you gain helps in effectively cleaning your carpet to lengthen the lifespan of it. 

Types of Carpet Materials

Wool

Soft, luxurious, and even stain-resistant. Wool carpeting is known for being durable as well as extremely comfortable under your feet. However, it requires very gentle cleaning to avoid damage. 

Nylon 

This type of carpeting is known for its resistance to regular wear and tear, making it one of the most popular options. One of the downsides is static, however. 

Polyester

This type of carpeting is known for its vibrant colors, as well as being a cheaper option. 

Olefin

This carpet type is best for use in an outdoor setting, or a place that might be more damp. This type is moisture resistant and easy to clean. 

Carpet Styles

Berber

Looped, and usually made from olefin, this carpet style is durable and usually used in high traffic areas of a home or business. 

Plush

This carpet style is as its name suggests, plush. Since its soft underfoot, it leaves footprints and vacuum tracks. Always make sure to gently clean it. 

Frieze

This carpet style is used when wanting to hide dirt and footprints, making them useful for those wanting a low maintenance carpet. 

By having an understanding on the style and material of your carpeting, you gain the knowledge on how to clean it properly. This makes you better equipped to choose the correct cleaning products and methods to avoid damaging your carpet. 

Keeping Your Carpets Looking Their Best

When it comes to carpeting, regular maintenance and cleaning is key. Never wait for a long amount of time before cleaning your carpets because it can affect the overall look of them, making them look dull and lifeless. By using these techniques below, you’ll be able to maintain the freshness of your carpets, ensuring the comfort lasts for years to come. 

Routine Vacuuming

Frequency

Vacuum at least once a week, especially in areas that are walked through a lot. Vacuuming at least once a week prevents dirt and dust from settling deep into your carpets, making it more difficult to get out. 

Technique

Always go slow. Front to back movements are always essential when vacuuming to ensure the proper removal of dirt and dust. 

Spot Cleaning

Action Immediately 

When a spill happens, don’t take your time cleaning it up. Not rushing to clean allows the spill to seep into the carpet fibers, meaning a higher chance of stains. Always blot, never rub. 

Cleaning Solutions

Use a cleaner that’s specific for carpets or even make a homemade cleaning solution (water and vinegar mix). 

Technique

Never apply your cleaning solution directly to your carpet. Gently dab, don’t rub, and work from the outside to the inside to prevent the spill or stain from spreading further. 

Managing Traffic and Sun Exposure

Move Furniture

Change the position of your furniture to distribute traffic patterns evenly. When you keep your furniture in the same place for years and years it can permanently leave dents in the carpet. 

Use Rugs or Mats

Using rugs or mats can protect your carpet from high traffic and use. 

Protect From the Sun

Blinds or curtains can save your carpet from the elements of the sun’s rays, avoiding fading.  

Dealing with Pets (hair and odors)

Hair Removal 

Use a vacuum with a special brush attachment made for pet hair to effectively remove it from your carpet. 

Odor Elimination

To easily remove odors from your carpet, sprinkling baking soda, letting it sit, and then vacuuming it up is essential. 

By utilizing these practices into your cleaning routine, you can maintain the appeal of having carpeting in your home, as well as contributing to a healthier living environment for you and your loved ones. 

Cleaning Techniques for Stains and Spills

Immediate Action

Fast Response: When a spill happens, don’t let it sit. The longer it sits, the more it seeps into the carpet fibers, causing a stain. Don’t Rub: Blot, don’t rub. Rubbing a spill pushes it deeper into the carpet, making it more difficult to remove. 

Identifying the Stain

Water-Soluble Stain: These kinds of stains include fruit juices, wine, or coffee. 

Oil-Based Stain: These spills are more tricky, which can include things like grease. 

Cleaning Process

Cleaning Solution: Don’t overwet the carpet when cleaning up a spill, use a damp cloth with the cleaning solution. 

Rinse with Water and Dry the Area: Once the stain is cleaned, blot the area with a clean cloth and clean water and then dry it with another cloth. Using a fan is also essential to keep the carpet from being damaged. 

Dealing with Harder Stains

If a stain persists after your attempt at cleaning it, then repeat the process, using the same gentle measures. If it still persists, contact a professional carpet cleaner so they can use advanced methods to help you. 

Preventative Measures 

Be Prepared: Make sure to keep cleaning solutions and towels on hand when a spill occurs. Having them close by can help you avoid further carpet damage. 

Protect Your Carpet: Consider using rugs or other carpet protectors in areas close to where spills would occur like the kitchen. No one can avoid accidents like spills and stains, it’s a natural occurrence in a home. With fast cleaning time and the proper techniques, you can tackle stains effectively. 

Steps to Deep Clean Your Carpets

Regular vacuuming is extremely important for the look and overall lifespan of your carpets. However, every so often it’s essential to give your carpets a deep cleaning. When do you need to deep clean?

Ideally, you should deep clean your carpets once a year. If you have children, pets, or a lot of people in your household, you might want to consider deep cleaning 2 or 3 times a year. Always look for dullness on your carpets, which is a sign that a deep clean is needed. There are several methods that you can take to clean your carpets as well; shampooing and steam cleaning. Carpet shampooing involves using a shampoo specifically for carpeting, to which it scrubs the shampoo into the carpet fibers and then extracts it along with the dirt you need to get rid of. Steam cleaning involves using hot water and a mild cleaning solution to get deep into the fibers to extract dirt from within. 

Before deep cleaning your carpets, you need to prep the area. Vacuuming and getting rid of surface dirt is essential. Spot treat any stain areas, and then carefully follow instructions to deep clean the space. Never over wet your carpets, because that can lead to mold. Deep cleaning your carpets is a tedious task, but it is worth it. Deep cleaning contributes to a healthy carpet, and a fresh environment in your home. 

Make Your Carpets Last

In this Carpet Cleaning Guide, we have gone over all things carpet care. How to properly clean your carpets on a regular basis, deep cleaning, and removing stains. Each step is crucial in keeping your carpets looking pristine, and lengthening their lifespan in your home. Key takeaways from this guide are as follows: knowing your carpet type, regularly maintaining your carpets, immediate action on spills to avoid staining, and deep cleaning. 

The effort that you put into caring for your carpets can impact your space and its appearance. Carpet care can be tedious, and challenging, and its always recommended that you seek professional help whenever you may need it. Carpets aren’t just something soft to cover your floors, they are an investment. For more information on carpets, feel free to contact Barefoot Flooring. We’re always here to help you keep your flooring looking its best! 

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