Plush carpets are one of life’s great luxuries. Soft on the feet and easy on the eyes. But what about when all our daily use adds up and the beautiful carpets begin to get dirty? Simple vacuuming is always a good idea, but not always enough. Investing in a good cleaning can increase your home’s beauty, comfort and safety.
Why do I need to get my carpets cleaned?
Dirt loves to hide. The soil that rubs off our shoes, and the dust particles that fall from the air, all sink deep into carpet fibers. Much of this soil drifts too deep for typical vacuums to extract. As this dirt builds up in the base of carpet fibers, it begins to literally tear the fibers apart. This reduces the lifetime of your carpet and leaves it grungy and smelly. The carpet “lanes” that appear with heavy use actually have less to do with surface wear and tear and more to do with built up gunk below the surface that begins to tear and dull the carpet from below. Even if your carpet surface still appears reasonably clean, deep below the surface germs and soil usually lurk.
Many people never realize that bacteria in carpets actually affects the quality of home and office air too. Of course a carpet cleaning will also remove stains that affect the aesthetic of your space.
How often should I clean my carpets?
Vacuuming should happen regularly and experts say that you should vacuum slowly to extract the most dirt ( some say 83% of the dirt) from your carpets. But let’s get real, how many of us have time to vacuum a room slowly over twenty minutes twice a week? This is what makes a good professional carpet cleaning even more important. Carpets should be cleaned at least once a year to remove built up dirt, grime, pollutants, and even old cleaning materials. If you’ve been spot cleaning with a steam cleaner, your carpet may have even more need of a professional cleaning, as the shampoos and soaps sold with steam cleaners often leave behind a residue that attracts more dirt.
Why should I use a professional carpet cleaning service?
How you clean your carpet is always up to you and there’s more than one way to get the job done. Simple vacuuming is a free solution but it won’t clear out 100% of the dirt. Steam cleaners are fairly cheap but they too have downsides: many deposit shampoo residues into the carpets or leave behind too much water leading to mold issues.
In contrast, professional carpet cleaning offers some great advantages.
Super strong suction: the power behind professional carpet cleaners quickly and thoroughly lifts far more dirt than any vacuum or steam cleaner could.
Professional cleaners move all your furniture before cleaning and move it back afterward. Extra cleanliness everywhere.
Improves your air quality: that hidden dirt hanging out in your carpets isn’t all “good clean dirt.” Pollutants and allergens hide out in flooring too. A good professional cleaning will improve the quality of your air and help keep your family healthier. Some experts say that indoor air quality can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air quality.
Maintain the quality of your carpets. Many people don’t realize that trapped dirt particles act like sandpaper around the bottoms of your carpet fibers. Left uncleaned, dirt vastly decreases the life of your carpet. A good cleaning is a sound investment into the life of your flooring.
How do I keep my carpets clean between professional cleaning?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Professional carpet cleaning adds up and maintaining your floors as much as possible between professional cleaning will lengthen the life of your carpets, reduce your costs, beautify your home, and keep you healthier and happier.
To keep your carpets clean on a daily basis, vacuum them several times a week, preferably slowly to allow the “beater” mechanism on the vacuum to rotate hidden dirt up towards the suction. Try sprinkling baking soda before you begin vacuuming. The deodorizing effects of this simple and natural powder will increase the effectiveness of your cleaning efforts. And don’t forget to treat stains as soon as they happen. Blot to remove excess spills and then follow manufacturer directions to treat any remaining stain.