Take simple steps to keep your carpet and upholstery looking like new.
High-quality carpet and upholstery can be a significant financial investment, but by performing ongoing maintenance in between professional cleanings, you can significantly extend their lifespans and increase their aesthetic value. Consider the following tips for maintaining your carpet and upholstery:
Clean stains immediately. Once spills dry and stains set, they’re much harder to remove, so it’s important to act quickly. Use paper or cloth towels to soak up any liquid by blotting, not rubbing. If the stain is obvious, you can use commercial carpet shampoo or a mild soap (such as dishwashing liquid) to help remove the spot.
Put throw rugs or area rugs in high-traffic areas. Areas like entryways, doorways, the space in front of your favorite chair, and the small area in between the couch and the coffee table can get a lot more foot traffic than other areas of your home. Throw rugs and small area rugs are good solutions to this problem. They’re inexpensive, decorative, easy to replace, and can keep heavy traffic areas from being crushed, matted or stained.
Choose the right vacuum. The most effective vacuums have adjustable rotating brushes and filtration units that keep dust and allergens from being pushed back into the air. The rotating brushes loosen soil and dust and pull it from the carpeting, while the bag or filter traps dust and dander. Inspect your vacuum periodically to keep it functioning properly. You may have to clean the brushes or replace them when they become worn. Also, look for sharp edges on the vacuum that could damage your carpeting, walls or furniture.
Vacuum the right way. Use a smooth motion to vacuum in the direction of the carpet pile. Reverse the direction of the vacuum and go back over the same area. Once you’ve vacuumed the entire floor in the direction of the pile, switch directions so you’re moving in a 90-degree angle from your last pass and vacuum the floor again to fluff up the pile and remove additional debris.
Invest in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning. Most carpeting should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, but high-traffic areas and light-colored carpet may require more frequent cleaning. When you buy new carpeting or furniture, ask about the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning methods. Then, hire a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning company and tell them to use that same method to keep your furniture and carpet looking like new.
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