Easy carpet cleaning tips and tricks from the experts.
As the weather cools and daylight hours shorten, families tend to spend more time inside. After a long summer of open windows, sticky treats and constant activity in and out the door, you might notice that your carpets are looking a bit drab. Keeping carpets clean might seem like a daunting task, but with some tips from the experts it’s quicker and easier than you think.Carpet provides good traction, absorbs noises, and saves homeowners money because it naturally insulates a room. And, contrary to popular misconceptions, carpet that is cleaned regularly is fine for people with allergies, and even asthma. The best practice for keeping carpets consistently clean is having a regular maintenance routine. Refreshing carpets after a special event, season of tough use, or simply any time of year is easy with these tips from the experts at the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), a national carpet trade association that focuses on science-based research, customer advocacy and environmental initiatives.
CREATE A VACUUM SCHEDULE.
Have you ever wondered if vacuuming really makes a difference? Removing soil when it’s on the surface, before it gets tramped down, is the first and most important step in carpet maintenance. Use slow, repetitive motions that overlap (about four swipes), ensuring you get right up to the edges where dust, pollen and pet dander like to accumulate.
How often do you need to vacuum? That answer may surprise you. Generally once a week with a CRI-certified vacuum is a good place to start, but depending on how frequently the area is used, you’ll likely want to do it more often. For example, high-traffic or pet areas should be vacuumed daily, medium-traffic areas require about twice a week and light-traffic areas can be done once a week. Just as you wouldn’t wear a shirt over and over again without washing it, you don’t want to go too long between vacuuming your carpets.
TREAT STAINS THE CORRECT WAY.
Up to 98 percent of carpet is manufactured in the United States, and most is made to be stain-resistant. However, junior’s ice cream cone drips and Fido’s dirty paws can leave marks that may seem almost too difficult to remove. No matter how hard you try to prevent them, stains do happen, so it’s important to act quickly. Scoop up solids and blot liquids with a dry, white cloth or paper towel, starting at the edge of the spot moving toward the center. Do not scrub – it can damage carpet and spread the mess.
Next, treat the spot with a CRI-tested and approved carpet cleaning solution. If you don’t have one on hand, plain water often works better than untested carpet cleaners. For wine or chocolate stains, try mixing 1/4 teaspoon clear dishwashing liquid with one cup warm water. Avoid laundry detergent which can cause permanent damage, such as a change in color. For coffee or tea stains, try mixing 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup water. For ink stains, apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth and blot. Have a wax spill? Cover the spot with a clean brown paper bag or heavy brown paper and apply low heat from an iron. The paper will absorb the wax as it melts
CALL IN THE PROS.
ust like you visit the dentist to get your teeth cleaned regularly, your carpets also need attention from a trained professional. To keep your carpets looking great and lasting for years to come, you should get them professionally deep cleaned every 9 to 12 months.If you’ve never had your carpets professionally cleaned, now is a great time to start before the holidays arrive.
Whether you want to get in a better habit with routine carpet maintenance or you simply want to refresh your carpet for the change of seasons or a special event, these tips will keep your carpet and home looking wonderful today and long into the future.
Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braunwrites a column on a very important benefit of carpetedfloors: added comfort and safety.
This article, titled “Carpet a safety device”, says, “The reasons people continue to put carpet on their floorsare almost as varied as the choices of colors, patterns and textures of the carpet itself. Make no mistake;carpet is the floor covering of choice for a reason... Carpet continues to make our homes and businesses abetter place by providing a softer surface that is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and fallsand minimizing injuries when falls do occur; not to mention, carpet underfoot just feels better.
”The article mentions one study that shows carpet is 82 percent less stressful to stand on for prolongedperiods compared to hard surfaces. Multiple studies show that pleasing surroundings play a vital role injob performance, and teachers and others who spend much of their workdays on their feet appreciate thecushioning carpet provides. In schools, carpet helps create a better learning environment for teachers and students alike.
It has been well-established by both OSHA and insurance companies that well-maintained carpet and thepresence of floor matting at entrances help ensure safer floors. Carpeted surfaces are significantly moreeffective at preventing slips and falls than hard, smooth surfaces. And when accidents do happen, they tendto be less severe on carpet.
Carpet’s inherent safety is borne out by a study of 225 “slip and fall incidents” from hospital records ofolder patients. Of the group falling on carpet, only 17 percent sustained injury. In the group falling on hardsurface flooring, nearly 50 percent sustained injury.
Not to mention, have you ever dropped a dish or glass before? Chances are you probably spent the next fewminutes cleaning up broken dish and glass if it wasn’t on carpet.
Most people who prefer not to get their carpets professionally cleaned believe that's it is more expensive than it's worth it. Others try to save money by hiring the cheapest cleaners on the market. Hiring a professional is extremely important, but hiring a low cost cleaner could cost you more.
When you want to have your carpets cleaned there are basically two options. You clean them yourself or call a professional. Doing it on your own is most of the time the cheapest option, but equipment you can rent at the stores just not as strong and effective as professional machines.
If you chose to hire a professional and start to check for prices, you more likely run in to companies with very cheap prices.The cleaners that promote the too low cost deals are just too good to be true. There's a reasons that these companies charge less, you'll always get what you pay for.
You will be able to decide over if they are a reputable company by the following:
They have professional, up to industry standards equipment. The only way to get deep high quality cleaning is with the right equipment.
They guarantee their work. A business that does not guarantee their work is not one you should trust.
If an accident happen or your not satisfied, a true professional will to whatever they can to make it right.
They are insured, licensed, and have the required experience.
They have certified and trained cleaners.
An untrained and inexperienced cleaner with the wrong techniques, can truly damage your carpets. Many of the cleaners use too much water or the wrong treatment which could make your floors looking worse than before or even completely ruin the carpet.
To save yourself time and mess, be sure you're hiring the right, trusted company. Bay Area Carpet Master is locally owned serving the SF Bay Area for over ten years. We believe in honest, reliable service for reasonable price.
Household carpets get a ton of wear and tear throughout the years. You may walk on them with shoes on, or spill countless things such as soda and wine. This alone makes carpets dirty, in addition to the natural dust and dirt that accumulates over time. There are a few natural, at home cleaning tips for you to keep your carpet clean.
This may seem obvious, but is often neglected by homeowners: Vacuuming. Vacuuming is easy, and should be done almost every day. Widely sold commercial cleaners are not advised when looking to clean your carpets safely and naturally. Instead, stick with regular vacuuming as your number one natural method.
When something spills, be sure to immediately tend to it to avoid staining. Salt is a good absorbent and can help to suck up spills and prevent them from turning into stains. Additionally, using a damp cloth to blot the stain out of the carpet is another effective spill removal remedy.
If you have pets, you’re aware that they can leave behind an odor on carpets. As a natural treatment against pet odor, rely on Bay Area Carpet Master. Our pet odor removing service is a terrific solution for removing pet odor from carpets.
If you are still looking for a natural carpet cleaning treatment, contact Bay Area Carpet Master to schedule an appointment for a professional carpet cleaning. We offer natural carpet cleaning that is safe for your children and pets, and will leave your carpets in sparkling condition.
Can clean carpeting really make your life better? We think the answer is a resounding yes! There are many reasons why maintaining a clean home and clean carpeting can lead to a better quality of life. Read on!
Cleaning can be a de-stressor
We’re not talking about the running around and last-minute cleaning you do when your mother-in-law is on her way over but rather about a calm, weekly ritual. Regularly vacuuming the carpets, straightening up the magazines, fluffing the pillows on your couch, and making your bed look like it belongs in a model home—all these things allow you to enjoy your home, get a little movement going, and de-stress.
Better air quality
Imagine yourself surrounded by pleasant smells, a whiff of fresh flowers, and a lemony scent wafting from clean kitchen counters. You can’t smell these things if you walk in your home and stir up dust from dirty carpeting. Institute a no-shoes policy in your home, and make sure you leave the outdoors where they belong. Better air quality truly makes a better home.
A little extra money in the bank can definitely lead to a better quality of life. By vacuuming on a regular basis and having a professional carpeting cleaning done, you can extend the life of your carpeting and area rugs. No need to replace carpeting before its time.
Are you ready for a better quality of life? Bay Area Carpet Master has been performing residential and commercial carpet cleaning in the Bay Area for more than 10 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work. Our carpet cleaning process dries quickly and uses no harmful chemicals. We also offer area rug and upholstery cleaning and can provide you with same-day services if needed.