Well-maintained carpets significantly add to the beauty of homes for decades to come
Copyright (c) 2010 Gerry Stringer
One of the most valuable assets any homeowner has to enhance the beauty of hallways, stairs and rooms while adding an inviting warmth to the surroundings, is also the home furnishing that takes a beating unlike any other. Carpet is always collecting dirt and dust, absorbing inevitable spills and undergoing constant foot traffic causing wear and tear that only compounds the soiling.
Weekly thorough vacumming is recommended by carpet specialists, particularly for the high traffic areas, to prevent the grime and dirt from getting ground into the fibers. It is also advisable to quickly clean any spills, soaking up liquid, using warm water and mild soap to remove spotting, or to use a carpet spot remover recommended by the carpet manufacturer.
However, anyone who performs the regular vacuum and spot maintenance and then does occasional steam cleaning knows that the level of additional dirt extracted is often amazing, even horrifying.
That is taken a step further by professional carpet cleaners: no matter how often a client has cleaned and vacuumed, even in the most fastidiously clean homes, professional steam cleaning will remove so much extra grime build-up that even 'white glove' proponents are impressed.
Homeowners should know that nearly all carpet manufacturers, from the basic suppliers to those creating luxury weaves for the finest homes, recommend at least annual professional steam cleaning to maintain the beauty and increase the lifespan of their floor coverings. In fact, many stain-resistant manufacturer warranties require professional cleaning every 2 years, and certain cleaning procedures performed by some cleaning services that purport to be professional, can actually void the warranty because the methods are unapproved.
From an internet search of professional carpet cleaners, here is a compilation of carpet-care tips that will insure long life, durability and beauty to carpets throughout any home:
The most critical element in maintaining carpets is keeping on top of high-traffic areas. Dirt must be removed on a regular basis or it will cause excessive wear to the carpet fibers. Spot removal is the second most concern. Danger spots -- red wine, red beverages, urine and blood -- require immediate treatment or can cause permanent stains. Plain tap water will remove many spots when carpet is new or has sufficient protector on it. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, a professional certified cleaner can recommend an effective spot remover and offer instruction on its use. (Most over-the-counter spot removers can cause the carpet to yellow by leaving too much soap residue. Avoid foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet, experts say.Stain-resistant properties and soil resistors such as DuPont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard are used to treat residential carpets. After a period of 2 to 3 years, some of the soil resistor will wear off; a professional carpet cleaner can re-apply the treatment after professional cleaning, maintaining the carpet warranty. Vacuum often -- once or twice weekly before the carpet appears soiled. Vacuuming removes the abrasive dirt particles -- most of which isn\'t visible -- that cause premature wear. Food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. can cause spots. Have carpets professionally cleaned annually by a certified firm. More frequent cleaning may be required in heavy traffic areas. Proper cleaning can be done safely as many times per year as needed and will not leave behind a sticky residue.
Carpets that are maintained with proper care will last as much as 20 to 25 years in beautiful condition. Indeed, many warranties extend that far -- if the homeowner follows all of the maintenance guidelines. Each manufacturer has their own set of rules for warranties, and these are available from every carpet retailer and most interior design firms which spec floor coverings in their work.
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Gerry Stringer knows the ins and outs of buying, selling and remodeling homes in the Littleton, Colorado area. He recommends A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaners, experts in all aspects of carpet cleaning, with expertise in everyday homes and the finest luxury homes in Colorado, as well as in commercial office buildings and industrial locations for all of his carpet needs. http://www.apersonaltouchcarpetcleaning.com Explore Related Pages
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