We are the first to agree that, when it comes to carpet cleaning, we don’t really think about it that much. If the truth were known, most people don’t even “see” the state of their carpets until it’s time to have some important visitors – such as during the holiday season. However, maybe only men who live alone are guilty of this “absentmindedness” when it comes to their carpets.
Nonetheless, if you have any carpets at all, you really should make it a habit to clean them with regularity. Now, don’t think it’s necessary to clean your carpets every single month because it isn’t. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to vacuum thoroughly each week. It should be part of your weekly cleaning routine to vacuum your carpets and, if this isn’t automatic for you, you should add it to your cleaning chores.
Water damage to carpets can be a big problem, whether through flooding or water pipes that have burst. If you have been through this, you know what I’m talking about. Either a strong carpet shampooer that can remove the water from your carpets or a shop wet vacuum, are good to have for this type of situation. You can easily find a rug shampooer that is almost as strong as a shop vacuum, but you’ll have to buy one of the more expensive brands available. Water-soaked carpets can lead to health concerns later, so it’s important to get up as much of the water initially as you can. The only recourse you will have if mold develops is to get a new carpet. Unfortunately, when mold begins, it takes over quickly.
Here’s an interesting fact we came across regarding older carpets of ten years or more. Over time, carpets become very heavy when you go to remove them, for example, in order to change carpets. Carpets are heavy, of course, when you first install them; however, as time passes, they become even heavier. Because they get dirt packed into the fibers causes the rugs to become heavier. When you look at your carpets, they may look clean; however, there is still dirt packed into the fibers that haven’t been removed. Those who work in the carpeting industry will attest to this fact! We hope you, too, find it interesting. Well, you can see why you should vacuum frequently and, as a side note, if your vacuum cleaner is not up to the task, you would be better off buying one that is of better quality.
Are their pets in your home? Then you, no doubt, are very concerned with their well-being and take good care of them. When you think about cleaning your carpets, you want to take the needs of your pets into consideration. Just about all shampoos used on carpets will contain harmful chemicals that could be hazardous to pets. You may see rug shampoos at the store that say they are “pet safe”, but don’t always believe what you read. It’s up to you whether or not you think the claims of these products are true. Perhaps some of them are actually safe to use around your pets. Steam cleaning is an alternative method to clean your carpets and doesn’t require any chemicals and, therefore, is safe when there are pets in the household.
Keeping your carpets clean is just a matter of common sense. Pay attention to your carpets and see what they need. This may not be the most fascinating subject to think about; nonetheless, it’s important and deserves some serious contemplation on your part. A thorough weekly vacuuming is the first line of defense, and most efficient way, to keep your carpets clean.