Even though your carpets should be cleaned by professional carpet cleaners at least every 12-18 months, there are still steps you can take to extend the life of your carpet throughout the year, even before hiring carpet cleaners.
Set your vacuum correctly:
A vacuum that’s on a low pile setting might damage the carpet and the roller brush, while a setting that’s too high won’t actually pick up dirt. To get your vacuum to the right height, turn it to its highest setting and lower it until the suction starts to move the vacuum forward.
Place mats indoors and out:
Every year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under the average household carpet. Dirt can abrade a carpet and wear it down. Cut down on dirt and moisture by placing mats on either side of your entry doors so your shoes won’t track in the outdoors, and replace the mats regularly if they look worn out!
Clean stains immediately:
Stains don’t usually require hiring carpet cleaners, especially if you catch them quickly. In fact, if you get to a stain right away, there’s actually a 99% chance you’ll be able to remove it with nothing stronger than tap water and paper towels. Press dry paper towels over the spot until most of the stain is absorbed, then blot with a wet towel until the rest of the stain is gone. Don’t scrub: it might break down your carpet fibers.
Rent cleaning equipment:
You can buy or rent steam cleaning machines to hold you over until the carpet and rug cleaners come, especially since it’s usually smart to clean your carpet before it becomes too dirty. Just make sure to pre-treat high-traffic areas and stains with a light mist of detergent and hot water, and vacuum before and after cleaning. Don’t get the carpet too wet, and make sure to open all windows and have fans going to dry things off afterward; this will help you avoid hazardous mold growth.
Remember, even the best carpet cleaners can’t work miracles on set-in rug damage, so nip problems in the bud! Keeping your carpets maintained between hiring carpet cleaners is the best way to extend the life of your carpets and cut down on future carpet repair costs.