Professionals recommend that you should have your carpets cleaned at least twice a year. When you get your carpet professionally cleaned, keeping it clean becomes the potential issue. Yes, your carpet cleaning company faithfully does its job in cleaning your carpets thoroughly, but you can do your share, too. This will help your carpets stay beautiful and functional. Proper maintenance will also extend their useful life.
How to maintain carpets after professional cleaning
Consider the following steps to keep your carpets clean after a professional cleaning is given to them.
- Wait before walking
Never walk across wet carpeting. Allow carpets to dry completely first, whether you clean up a small spill or after a professional cleaning.
- Remove shoes but do not go barefoot
It turns out that walking barefoot across your professionally cleaned carpet is not such a good idea after all. The reason is that the natural oils in your skin potentially leaves an oily residue behind. This oily residue possibly leaves your carpet with a dirty look and can attract dirt. Instead of going completely barefoot, walk on your carpet while wearing socks or slippers that you do not wear outdoors.
- Clean stains and spills immediately
Always clean all spills and stains immediately. The longer a spill remains on carpeting, the harder it is to remove it.
- Blot only
Never rub the surface of your carpets. This might deteriorate the carpet fibers. Instead, blot spills or stains. Blotting soaks up the spill, whereas rubbing causes it to soak into carpet fibers. Try water to clean the spill first. Use a clean white towel or paper towel. Some sources recommend using a carpet spot cleaner or stain remover. However, if water does not work, try a small amount of dish detergent. If this still does not work, contact your professional carpet-cleaning provider for help.
- Vacuum regularly
Keep your carpets looking clean longer after a professional carpet cleaning by vacuuming regularly. Regularly means whether you think the carpet needs it or not. Vacuuming removes dirt and particles you may not see. Vacuuming regularly also helps remove pollutants carried inside.
- Keep an eye on your pets
When you have pets at home, it is pretty challenging to keep your carpets clean and spotless all the time. Any pet stains, have to be quickly removed. Vacuuming twice a week also helps, if your pet is shedding a lot. Sharp claws of your pets can also tear your carpet. To avoid such accidents, trim your pet’s claws and file them to keep them from snagging.
- Keep up the cleaning
Carpet manufacturers recommend a professional cleaning every 12-24 months in order to maintain your warranty and keep your carpets looking great for as long as possible. Cleaning your carpets regularly can prevent premature wear, improve appearance and prolong their useful life.
These are just some of the things you can do to help in maintaining your carpets. Remember that keeping them well cleaned and maintained will benefit you in the long run.