Do I Need to Vacuum Before the Carpet Cleaner Arrives?
You might be thinking... Awesome! The carpet cleaner is coming I can have a week off from vacuuming...
Well, it is true that our system uses high power suction unit---however, it was never designed to suck up large debris and particulate. In fact in order to get short dry times our wands and extractor actually create a seal to the carpet which only pushes around any debris instead of extracting it. And more importantly a proper vacuum-with a beater bar, can effectively remove up to 79% of all sand, soil and dry particulate. What would happen if you add water to soil? Well, it makes mud.
So, if 79% of soil is removed prior to wet cleaning our state of the art truck mount and portable extractor can focus on and effectively do their jobs of removing the remaining 21% of sticky soils, pollens, and chemicals that are making your carpets look dull and worn.
6 Easy Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Looking Like New!
1. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Dirt is the number one cause of wear and tear to your carpet. Be sure that you are vacuuming thoroughly at least once per week to keep the dry soils to a minimum and maximize the life of your carpet.
2. Clean up spots and spills swiftly and properly. To properly remove a spot use a clean absorbent towel (preferably a white one to avoid color transfer) and hot tap water in a spray bottle containing a small amount of a mild detergent – just make sure the detergent does not contain bleaching agents. Next, alternate blotting and spraying the area, DO NOT over wet the spot. You can even place a dry absorbent towel under something heavy like a book to completely remove the moisture from the carpet. Most spots can be removed if they are caught early. Of course the exceptions are, if a spill contains a dye, (i.e. red juice) or a bleaching agent then the spot is usually permanent.
3. Never scrub or rub spots. The correct method to remove a spill is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then blot with a white towel or cloth. Scrubbing or rubbing the spot will fray the carpet fibers and permanently damage the area.
4. Do not overuse carpet detergents, shampoos or spotters. Some people are addicted to their carpet spotters, but too much detergent in the carpet will result in a dirt attracting residue that will make your carpet appear dirty faster.
5. Clean your carpets professionally every 6-12 months. Carpet manufactures recommend cleaning your carpets professionally with van mounted steam cleaning. By cleaning every 6-12 months you will extend the life of your carpet and have a healthier, cleaner home.
6. Re-apply “Carpet Protector” every other cleaning. Carpet protector “seals” the fibers of your carpets and makes them resistant to most household stains. It also makes your vacuuming more efficient. The effectiveness of carpet protector is reduced about 30-35% with each cleaning. But, by re-applying at least every other cleaning you will continue to protect your carpet from stains and everyday wear and tear, giving your carpet the longest life possible