Posted by: Tamer Atya | October 29, 2008

How To Clean a Carpet

Cleaning the rugs and carpets in your home can often feel like a job that never ends. And, in a sense that is true, since it does take constant vigilance to make sure that the floor coverings in your home stay clean and attractive. When carpeting is not correctly cared for, it can serve as a place for bacteria and microorganisms to breed and grow, adding to the reasons why you should understand how to clean a carpet the correct way.

Homes that have a couple of children running around, a pet or two, and lots of visitors coming and going will need carpet cleaning more often. On the other hand, a home with just one or two people who don’t stir things up much or drop food or spill drinks on the flooring will not need to clean the carpet as often.

One of the first things to look at when considering how to clean a carpet and how to keep it in condition is to reduce as much of the “dirty traffic” as possible. Dirty traffic comes from people coming inside from the out of doors and tracking in a stream of various types of dirt and debris that can get ground into the fibers. You can put area rugs and carpets in those high-traffic areas or consider replacing the carpeting with tile or vinyl, which can be a better choice.

There is another thing to keep in mind if you are considering new carpets. The lighter the color of the rugs and carpets you install, the more frequently the carpets will need to be cleaned. This is true both in terms of regular vacuuming and how often the light colored carpeting will need steam cleaning or shampooing with special carpet cleaning equipment.

Another basic tip for cleaning a carpet is to vacuum at least once a week or more if you can see debris starting to collect. You should think of vacuuming as being the first line of defense for keeping carpets looking new and pristine for as long as possible. With frequent vacuuming you will help keep dust, crumbs, dirt and other debris from becoming ground into the fibers of the carpet as foot traffic passes over the area.

The vacuums that do the best job at cleaning carpets are those that have strong suction and that also have an agitator or brush roller. A machine that has a lot of suction can pull dirt from deep inside the fibers and the brush roller will help to make it easier to detach debris from the surface of the carpet where it can sometimes become entangled with the looser fibers at the top.

Source: Carpet Cleaning Site

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