Categories: Oxi Fresh News
2013 Mar 26th
As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, families tend to spend more time outside. That can only mean one thing, constant activity in and out the door and dirty carpets. Keeping carpets clean might seem like a daunting task, but with these tricks and tips, carpet cleaning is quicker and easier than you’d think.
Carpet is perfect for many households, it provides good traction, absorbs noise, and provides natural insulation for rooms. Many people with allergies avoid carpet because they are home to dust, mites, and molds, but regularly cleaned carpets can be just fine for people with allergies.
These tips should help you ensure your carpet is clean and healthy.
Vacuuming is the first step in carpet maintenance. Removing the dirt and soils before they’ve been trampled down can really help in effective carpet cleaning. Removing these particles before they’ve settled and using slow, repetitive, overlapping motions can ensure you get right up to where dust, pollens, and other germs like to accumulate.
Generally, people are advised to vacuum once a week, depending on how frequently the area is used, but the chances are you’ll likely want to do it more often. Experts at the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), a national carpet trade association that focuses on science-based research, customer advocacy and environmental initiatives, recommends vacuuming high-traffic or pet areas daily, medium-traffic areas require about twice a week and light-traffic areas about 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.
Food stains and dirty paws often leave marks that seem far too difficult to remove. Now matter how hard you scrub, some stains just don’t seem to come out. Stains do happen, so it’s important to act quickly and correctly when cleaning your carpet stains. Scoop up solids and blot liquids with a dry cloth or paper town.
After you’ve taken care of the initials steps of carpet cleaning, treat the stain with a tested and approved carpet cleaning solution. For more serious stains like wine or chocolate, try mixing some clear dish washing liquid with warm water and blot up as much of the spill as you can. For coffee or tea stains, try mixing vinegar with 1 cup of water and for ink stains, applying rubbing alcohol to a cloth and blotting the stain. Remember to always start from the edges and move to the center to prevent the stain to prevent it from spreading. Be sure to test these products on an inconspicuous area of carpet first, to make sure they don’t cause any colorloss.
Whether you’re trying to create a regular carpet cleaning routine or just improve your carpet cleaning habits, these tips will help you keep your carpet looking clean and fresh long into the future.