Advice on Keeping Your Carpets Clean & When to Call a Professional Steam Cleaner

For long lasting carpets, you need to properly clean and care for it. Even stain resistant carpets can become stained and dirty if they’re not maintained and cleaned. 

Want to Know How to Keep Carpets Clean?

To truly keep a carpet clean, you have to vacuum it often. Twice a week should keep high traffic areas free of dirt. Before vacuuming, make sure you have a new bag and a clean filter. You’re not going to pick up as much dirt if you’re using a dirty filter and stuffed bag. 

It’s important that your vacuum is at the right height, and that you vacuum at the right speed. It’s tempting to speed through vacuuming, but that doesn’t remove as much dirt as making a slow pass over the area. 

Often, people think that if you keep the vacuum brush low to the floor, it will pick up more dirt. This will actually ruin the carpet. Turn the vacuum on, raise the vacuum as high as it will go then lower it. When you can feel the vacuum tug against the carpet, that’s perfect.

If you want to know how to keep carpets clean throughout the life of the carpet, you want to remove stains as soon as they happen. A mixture of white vinegar and water can remove bright stains like wine or juice. Blot stains immediately to keep your carpet as stain free as possible. 

Do You Know the Benefits of Steam Cleaning Carpets?

While vacuuming is important to keeping the carpet clean longer, you’ll need to use a professional to clean your carpets occasionally too. While it’s tempting to rent carpet steam cleaners, there are definite disadvantages to that. 

When using a rented cleaner, you’re not getting the power of a professional carpet cleaning. Steam cleaning carpets when done by professionals dries more quickly. Professionals use powerful equipment that won’t leave dirt, lots of water or cleaning solution behind. 

Professional steam cleaning will remove more allergens than a rented machine too. Dust, allergens, mites and residues can only be removed by a powerful machine that cannot be rented from a local store. 

Before the professional arrives, make sure to vacuum to remove dirt and hidden grime. Adding water to dirt can create mud. You don’t want to push mud into the bottom of the carpet. 

When Should You Hire a Professional?

If you have an extremely dirty or stained carpet, you can have the carpets cleaned every six months. Otherwise, every 12 months is a good time to give a professional a call. 

When you’re trying to sell your home, steam cleaning carpets will give your home a fresh look and smell. Most real estate agents recommend a thorough pass with carpet steam cleaners before staging the home. 

Call our office today to schedule an estimate. We can talk about your needs, and how we can help.