Based upon 30 years of cleaning experience, we recommend you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once per year. If you have pets, professional carpet cleaning may be necessary every nine months. In this article, though, we’re going to let you in on a few tricks of the trade that can help keep your carpet looking good.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACUUMING BY USING POWDER
The high-traffic areas of your carpet are where you want to focus most of your vacuuming. Don’t be in a hurry, though. A good rule is to slowly count to three during each forward and backward stroke. Use your vacuum attachments properly…especially when it comes to cleaning those crevices.
Sprinkling a powdered carpet cleaner – or even baking soda – over your carpet 30 minutes prior to vacuuming softens the stains and absorbs the odors.
Another note about your vacuum cleaner: go ahead and empty the bag when it’s half full as efficiency ends to fade away at this point.
REMOVING STAINS THE SMART WAY
Some over the counter stain removals can actually weaken the protective coatings or dyes found in many carpets.
For muddy stains, let it dry first. Once dry, break off as many pieces as you can before vacuuming. Blot any remaining stain with warm, soapy water.
For soft drinks, ice cream or coffee stains, blot the area with Hydrogen Peroxide.
For chewing gum, toothpaste or nail polish, use ice cubes to freeze the material so that you will then be able to break off pieces of it when it hardens. Blotting with warm, soapy water can be used to remove the stubborn remainders of the stain.
For any oil or waxed-based stains like crayons and makeup, blot the area with rubbing alcohol.
Throughout the San Diego area, we’re known as experts at cleaning carpets. If you’ve got a tough stain and are unsure how to best remove it, we’d love to talk with you to find the right solution. Call us at 800-368-2757 for more information and a free consultation about how J&M Keystone can make your carpet last a long, long time.
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