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Carpet cleaning tips and tricks for a cleaner carpet

Carpet Cleaning Tips

I’ve tried to put together some of my best carpet cleaning tips. Two of the least thought of but some of the most important carpet cleaning tips are listed first.

I’ve also put together a page with tips for after carpet cleaning care

Vacuum
your high traffic carpet areas every day. When you vacuum, use a vacuum certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute.

Carpet is often the most expensive investment in a single home furnishing, and so don’t skimp and buy any old vacuum.

A quality vacuum will pay for itself many times over.

Carpets should be cleaned twice a year for most families. The primary cleaning should be done moving as much of the furniture as possible, and a carpet protector applied throughout those areas. The secondary cleaning should be done in all of the traffic areas. Be sure to vacuum under the furniture several times per year in between the cleanings.

Dirty Water

kids and carpet

Don’t let children play in wastewater

Don’t let your carpet cleaner discharge his wastewater into the ground or into bodies of water.

If you prefer the waste water be dumped in your garden, be sure that all local, state, and federal laws regarding waste water disposal are met.

A failure to follow waste water regulations could result in large fines for the carpet cleaner or the homeowner, or both.

The reason I’ve listed this as one of my carpet cleaning tips is that all the soil in your carpets and furniture came in from outside. You brought it in on your shoes and clothing, and it blew in on the wind.

If wastewater is dumped right outside your front door, not only will some of it find it’s way back in, some of the waste water might end up in your drinking water, or the neighborhood ponds, lakes, and streams.

By properly disposing of waste water, you can prevent the germs, oils, greases, bacteria, odors, and dissolved particulates from smoke and exhaust from re-entering your home or business and depositing themselves again on your carpet and upholstery.

Contaminated wastewater from carpet cleaning can contain dangerous substances from animal feces and urine. Both dog and cat feces can contain bacteria capable of causing human illness so don’t put it on your vegetable garden or near the fruit trees. Besides feces and urine, a warm nutrient rich wastewater is a incredible breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria.

The very best place for carpet cleaning wastewater is in a sewer or septic system. Most carpet cleaning units are equipped with a filter that removes large debris and fibers, but be sure to ask your carpet cleaner.

When is carpet “too wet”?

One of my favorite carpet cleaning tips concerns dry times for your carpets and upholstery.

Among all the questions I got asked on a regular basis by homeowners and business alike was “How long will it take to dry?” Dry times are important, not only for convenience, but for health and the life of your furnishings.

Whether cleaning the carpets yourself or hiring a professional, carpets that have been thoroughly cleaned should remain damp no longer than 24 hours. Many cleaners today either use methods or equipment designed to minimize dry times while still providing a deep and thorough cleaning.
flooded-signsIf your carpets are soaked during the cleaning process, mold and mildew can rapidly multiply and create health problems such as allergies, respiratory infections, and other health issues.

Over-wetting carpets can also cause permanent damage to carpets by breaking the latex bond between the layers of both backing and fibers, shortening the carpets life. This process is called “delamination”.

Use only specialized detergents or cleaning agents appropriate for your carpet and upholstery. If a professional is hired in, be sure he also is using high quality professional chemicals. Too much detergent can cause rapid re-soiling, attract dust mites, and encourage mold growth. I am familiar with stories of less than honest cleaners using laundry soap.

Just one of the money saving carpet cleaning tips you will encounter on this website is this…

Don’t let clever marketing play on your fears and convince you to add a “carpet sanitizer” or disinfectant. Most disinfectants are designed to be used on a hard surface, and make contain cationic surfactants that can interact with carpet protectors, certain cleaning products, and void the carpet warranty as well.

Increase the life of your furnishings with cleaner carpet and upholstery.

By keeping the carpets and upholstery clean, you can extend the life of wood floors, drapes, and textured ceilings. Carpet is the biggest filter in your home, trapping sand, grit, fine soils, mold spores, dust mites, germs, bacteria,grease, oil, odors, smoke, and other pollutants

Keeping your carpet well vacuumed and cleaned regularly will most often prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi. A regular cleaning schedule can make your investment last years longer.

Some other carpet cleaning tips to remember are that not every carpet cleaning solution sold at the store is safe for you, your pets, or your carpets and upholstery.

Stay away from solvent carpet cleaning solutions sold at grocery stores, they can leach into the backing and de-laminate the backing from the face fibers.

Lots of cleaning companies, and suppliers of carpet cleaning products are producing and using “green” cleaners. These environmentally friendly alternatives are gaining ground in the marketplace, and are preferred in homes and businesses because they sometimes contain fewer allergens and chemicals that some individuals are sensitive to..

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