Nobody intentionally intends to damage their carpet, but when you walk across a dirty carpet, you grind sharp dirt particles against the yarn, making tiny nicks in the fibers. All that fuzz mixed in with the dirt in your vacuum cleaner is your beautiful carpet headed out the door one bag at a time. Follow these tips for keeping your carpet looking fresh and as dirt-free as possible to extend the life of your carpet.
Tip #1 Vacuum Often
Vacuum entrance areas and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of frequent vacuuming. It will reduce soil buildup in your carpet.
- Start with a clean bag or filter. A dirty bag, dirt cup, or filter can cut a vacuum’s suction power in half. Replace vacuum bags when they’re three-quarters full. And wash (if possible) or replace the filters on bagless vacuums every three months.
- Vacuum at the right speed. Move slowly enough to get out as much dirt as possible. Run the vacuum in one direction the first time. And vacuum in the opposite direction the second time. Be thorough.
Tip #2 Clean Stains Right Away
As soon as you notice the spot, clean it. Here are 5 helpful tips for removing stains and keeping your carpet looking fresh.
- Don’t dig or scoop food spills. It can work the stain into the carpet. Instead, remove solids on top of the stain. Get a spoon or dull knife. Now, carefully scrape the food toward the middle of the spill and into a towel.
- Act quickly. If you get to a stain immediately, there’s a 99 percent chance you can remove it. The longer a stain reacts chemically with the carpeting, the harder it is to remove.
- Try water first. Eighty percent of stains can be removed using plain tap water. To remove a stain, press a clean, dry, white cloth over the stain to absorb the spill. Repeat until the spill is absorbed. Then gently work water into the stain with a damp white towel and blot until it is gone. Change the cloth when necessary. Use a fan to dry the area if it’s very wet.
- Blot. Don’t rub or scrub. Scrubbing a stain will damage the fibers and create a fuzzy area. Always blot from the outer edge toward the center of the stain to avoid spreading the spot and creating a larger problem.
- Be patient. Work water gently into the spill and then blot with a dry cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone and all the water has been absorbed. If you’re patient, you’ll almost always be able to remove the stain.
Tip #3 Use White Wizard® on Tough Stains
If water alone doesn’t remove a stain, apply White Wizard® Stain Remover. Follow the directions. Repeat as necessary.
Tip # 4 Use a Carpet Shampooer
Take it a step further and give your whole carpet a deep clean with a carpet shampooer. DIY carpet cleaning machines can effectively revitalize your carpet if you understand how to use them and carefully clean your carpet. Here’s how to use a carpet cleaner.
Dos & Don’ts
Don’t. Don’t put a cleaning solution in the carpet cleaner. The soap sinks into the carpet, and it’s almost impossible to get it all back out. Dirt and dust particles stick to the residue making it difficult to get your carpet completely clean.
DO. Instead of a cleaning solution, fill the tank with hot water and use this over most of the carpet. For high traffic areas, pretreat them with White Wizard® Stain Remover and allow the pretreatment to sit for 10 minutes.
Don’t. Don’t over saturate the carpet. DIY machines put much moisture into the carpet, and most don’t have strong enough suction to extract it thoroughly. Make two passes with the hot water. Then make two or three drying passes with the water off.
Do. Let it dry thoroughly. Wet carpet is a perfect environment for mold and mildew. After cleaning your carpets:
- Open the windows.
- Use fans, a dehumidifier.
- Put the air conditioning at a moderate setting (72 to 78 degrees) to remove excess moisture from the air.
Don’t. Don’t replace the furniture or walk on the carpet until it’s completely dry. Drying can take up to 12 hours, though six to eight hours is typical.
Do. Vacuum well before and after cleaning. Vacuum beforehand to remove large particles of soil. Vacuum again after you clean, and the carpet is completely dry to pick up soil that wicks to the surface during drying.
Keep Your Carpet Looking Fresh with White Wizard® Stain Remover
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