Here at Floor Coverings International Concord, we understand new floors are a big investment. To make sure you get the most life out of your flooring, knowing the proper methods for cleaning and maintenance is key. Although each flooring type is different, carpet is one that has unique cleaning requirements that differ from any other material. In today’s blog we’ll look at basic carpet cleaning tips and tricks that will come in handy for both regular maintenance practices as well as emergency stain removal situations.
Regular Carpet Maintenance
Let’s start with the basics. One of the primary ways to prolong the life of your carpeting is to get into a regular habit of routine maintenance. This doesn’t usually require much effort, but it is important. As a general rule, carpets should be vacuumed once a week. If you have indoor pets or if there are areas of your floor that receives heavy traffic, you should vacuum more often. Regular vacuuming is important to prevent the buildup of dirt and other particles that can burrow deep into your carpet fibers. Take your time when vacuuming your Concord home’s carpeting, especially if you have a style with longer and denser fibers, such as plush. Go over each section of the floor multiple times with the vacuum to ensure complete dirt and dust removal.
Spot & Stain Removal
The number one rule when it comes to removing spills is to clean them immediately. The longer they sit, the greater chance they have of staining your carpets. Start by gently blotting the spot to remove all excess liquid. Do not scrub or else you’ll likely spread it to a wider area or end up rubbing it deeper into the carpet fibers. Use a carpet-cleaning agent to further remove the spill, but make sure it won’t damage or discolor your floors. You can test the solution on a small spot on your floor before using it on the larger area. Starting at the edges of the spill and working your way into the center, apply the cleaning solution and blot again to soak up the moisture. If you aren’t able to soak up all the liquid, place white towels on top of the spot, weigh them down with a heavy object, and let it sit for a while. Keep in mind there are specific methods and cleaning agents that work for specific spills, such as chocolate, candle wax, and red wine. You’ll want to refer to specific instructions for those substances that are especially hard to remove.
If your carpeting has reached the end of its lifetime and it’s time for new floors, call Floor Coverings International Concord today! We carry a wide variety of flooring materials and can help you find the perfect one for your home. Contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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