Carpet Care Tips
How to Extend the Life of Your Carpet
Carpeting is a big investment. So it makes sense to protect that investment with regular care and maintenance. Of course, you should always refer to your carpet warranty for specific care requirements. But, in general, here are some simple steps you can take to maximize the life and beauty of your carpet.
Keep the dirt/soil out. Use walk-off mats at entrances and other areas to keep outside dirt and moisture from getting tracked in. Ideally, you want to use walk-off mats large enough to take four steps on to remove the most dirt. There are also entry mats specifically designed to absorb water like the Waterhog Entry Mat which can be helpful during winter months to keep ice, snow and excess water out of the house. Or you can choose one of our indoor/outdoor carpets and Pucher's will make custom entry mats for you at very reasonable prices!
The best way to reduce dirt accumulation and prolong the life of your carpet is to vacuum! The good news is that for most carpets, it really doesn't matter what type of vacuum you use. (That said, you wouldn't want to use a vacuum with a "beater bar" on a shag carpet, as the long fibers will get stuck in your vacuum. Use a suction-only vacuum on shag carpet.) But, the most important factor to consider when vacuuming is the height you set your vacuum head. Most people adjust the height too low, thinking that they will get more dirt out that way. But you shouldn't have to drag your vacuum across your carpet. In fact, doing so will only damage the carpet fibers. In general, you want to adjust the height at a level where you barely see vacuum marks when you move your vacuum over your carpet.
So, how frequently should you vacuum? That depends on how traffic and dirt your carpet is exposed to ? Do you have kids, pets, messy husbands? More use means more frequent vacuuming. Want to know a secret trick to get your husband to vacuum? Buy a really cool, high-tech vacuum cleaner. As with any high-tech gadget, your husband will quickly become enamored with it and will want to vacuum all the time. Trust me, this works ;)
Most better-quality carpets are treated to be stain-resistant. However, no carpet is stain-proof. So you should clean up any spills or stains ASAP to keep them from becoming permanent.
Scrape: Remove food spills by scraping with a spoon or dull knife.
Absorb: Absorb wet spills as quickly as possible.
Blot: Always blot, never rub or scrub abrasively, as a fuzzy area may result.
Rinse: Always rinse with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid resoiling.
Weight: Remove remaining moisture by placing several white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object.
We recommend using enzymatic cleaners like Shaw's R2X Stain & Soil Remover because it does not contain harsh chemicals and it doesn't leave a residue on your carpet. But, in general, look for stain removers that have the Carpet & Rug Institute's (CRI) Seal of Approval (http://www.carpet-rug.org).
When do you call in the professionals? Again, that depends on how much traffic and dirt your carpet is exposed to. It can range from every 6 months to every 24 months. But we have found that most carpet warranties require you to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least every 24 months to maintain your warranty. In general, we recommend hot water extraction and using carpet cleaning products, equipment and systems certified by the CRI. Again, please refer to your carpet warranty regarding recommendations for your specific carpet.
Key Takeaway: Following our simple tips can help you maximize the life and beauty of your carpet.