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Carpet Cleaning Do's and Don'ts

There’s a lot more to properly cleaning carpet than most are aware of. In this article you will learn some carpet cleaning “do’s” and “don’ts.”

Carpet Cleaning Do’s:

· Vacuum your carpet at least once per week. Entries and main traffic areas should be vacuumed more frequently depending on usage and the type of walkway leading to your door.

·Combine entry mats outside your door with runners just inside to collect grime and heavy soil - It’s better to replace these than your carpet!

·When you have a spill, blot it up immediately! The longer it stays in your carpet, the greater the risk of it becoming permanent.

·Have your carpet cleaned before it looks dirty. Carpet is designed to reflect light and hide soil. By the time carpet starts to look dirty, it’s filthy.

·Ask questions before letting anyone clean your carpet:

o   What carpet cleaning method do you use?

o   What training have the technicians received?

o   Are they certified by the IICRC?

o   Are you insured?

o   Do you guarantee your work?


Carpet Cleaning Don'ts:

·Avoid taking shortcuts

o   Chemical Shortcuts – In many cases cheap, high pH chemicals leave heavy residue, damage carpet fiber, strip away protection, and can cause rapid re-soiling.

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o   Equipment Shortcuts – Inferior or poorly maintained equipment cannot heat the water properly and cannot provide enough suction to keep you from sloshing around on wet carpet for days.

o   Time and Procedure Shortcuts – Avoid companies that rush in and out of your home. Their cheap prices do not allow them to take the time to clean your carpet properly and have it dry in a reasonable amount of time.

o   Training Shortcuts – Some companies do not require employees to attend IICRC approved courses. Failing to take these courses can keep technicians in the dark about new techniques, new fibers, and new industry standards.