So, you just got your carpet professionally steam cleaned by Scalzo Maintenance and you’re wondering how to keep your carpets clean.
Here are a few things you can do to keep that fresh-carpet look and feel.
The first thing you can do is put down some rugs and runners in high-traffic areas on your carpet. This will minimize both re-soiling and fiber crushing in these areas. It can also provide accents of color to your home. High-traffic areas include hallways, entryways, and the areas in front of couches and chairs, but high traffic is in no way limited to these carpeted areas.
Vacuum carpet regularly
Vacuuming on a regular basis is a great way to keep carpets clean and fresh because it eliminates dirt in the fibers of the carpet. When dirt and dust is left in carpet and the carpet is walked on, it can damage the fiber and change the way the fibers reflect light — making the carpet look dingy or dull. When you vacuum, you remove these damaging particles, prolonging the life and appearance of your carpet.
Avoid using carpet powder products
Carpet powders are a popular way to eliminate odor in your carpet. However, they can leave traces of powder residue in the carpet, especially if you overuse them. You may not see this residue until the next time you have your carpet steam cleaned or shampooed. Then, you’ll see a white, sometimes sticky film on top of your carpet. If you absolutely must use carpet powder, use it very sparingly.
Get regular professional carpet cleanings
Some wait to have their carpet professionally cleaned until they see dirt, spots, stains, crushing or dullness. However, waiting until you see these signs usually means that the damage is already done. The best way to keep carpets clean is to be proactive.
In fact, according to manufacturers’ specifications, it is recommended to perform a professional cleaning and stain protection treatment on your carpet every six to 12 months, even if the carpet doesn’t look like it needs to be cleaned.
A regular carpet maintenance cleaning will help prevent dulling and crushing, and stain protecting your carpet will make spills easier to clean up, as well as keeping your carpet fibers from fraying.
Taking these steps can help your carpet — which is a big investment — last longer and stay more beautiful. So go ahead, give your carpet some TLC. It’ll reward you with many, many years of softness, comfort and beauty.