How Should You Maintain Your Carpet between Professional Cleanings?

Here is some general information about what will happen to your carpet between professional cleanings followed by some maintenance tips to help you maintain your carpet.

Germs, Viruses and Bacteria

Germs and bacteria of all kinds can be tracked onto your carpeting. Even the use of treated door mats cannot prevent this, but may significantly retard the process. These germs are alive and thriving in your carpet, and as long as it remains dirty, they will continue to breed and grow.

Soapy, Sticky Residue

Soapy and sticky residue from conventional shampoo, dry foam, spray and bonnet methods of cleaning will cause rapid resoiling due to the lack of proper extraction of the chemicals used in these methods. Spots and stains will resurface because they were only pushed a little deeper and the traffic lanes will appear dirty much sooner.

Sand, Grit and Hard Dirt Particles

Sand, grit and hard dirt particles which are deeply embedded in your carpet will cause abrasion of the tips and sides of the fibers. These scratches will makes the carpet look dull after a time.

Dirt Particles

Dirt particles contain an assortment of minerals and chemicals which are gathered and blended from a wide area. Humidity or moisture tracked into your home on shoes can act as a catalyst to this foreign matter. The reaction may cause severe damage to the carpet dye and can actually change the color of the carpet if it remains over long periods of time.

Gases in the Air

Gases in the air caused by the burning of various fuels and the action of the sun on certain other gases in the atmosphere can affect the stability of a carpet dye.

Many Disinfectants

Many disinfectants and harsh detergents can affect the dye. The longer these foreign elements are allowed to remain in your carpet, the more likely the chance of damage to carpet dye. It is dye damage that first causes you to notice a change in the color of your carpet.

Carpet Soil

About 90% of all soil is dry particulate and can be easily removed by normal vacuuming. Only about 10% is oily and needs special attention.

The Three Steps to Successful Maintenance: Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum.

Vacuuming Carpet

Frequent vacuuming is the secret to success. A dry carpet will not be harmed by brushing action to the fibers. Therefore, we recommend a good quality, upright vacuum cleaner with a reel-type brush to move the tips of the carpet pile so the dirt can be removed with the air velocity created by the vacuum.

The amount of traffic and the relation of the carpet to dirty access areas are the main factors governing the frequency of vacuuming.

The basic rule is that dirt should not be allowed to settle in the carpet. Walking on dirt and grit that has settled into the base of the fibers causes an abrasive action, which results in the appearance of traffic lanes and worn areas.

Vacuum traffic lanes every day. Use a back-and-forth motion in one direction, and then finish the carpet by going back-and-forth in the opposite direction. And remember, go slowly.

Change the disposable bags or empty the vacuum often. Filled pickup bags result in less suction and less dirt removal. Be sure to check the belt that drives the brush or beater bar. A broken or worn belt reduces efficiency. And don’t be upset by the amount of fiber you pick up from new carpet. These are ends which are not removed in the manufacturing process and often appear for many months - called pilling.

Carpet Sweepers and electric brooms are useful for picking up surface soil, but it is important to know that they will not clean deeply.

Never use a broom of any kind on the carpet. At best, the dirt is just moved around, and a dust problem is created.

One of the best methods of preventing the tracking of soil throughout your home is to provide removable mats at each entrance to your home - both inside and outside. These removable mats can be laundered, hosed, beaten or vacuumed as soil accumulated to a noticeable degree.

Ideally, you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months by the hot water extraction method, but the carpet needs to be properly maintained between professional cleanings.

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Published by: Bane-Clene® Corp.
Copyright: Bane-Clene Corp.

Date Published: June 17, 2016

Date Modified: May 26, 2019