Carpet care maintenance


Daily care

The best way to protect your carpet day to day is to remove your shoes when you get home. But don’t go barefoot; your feet have natural oils that rub off on the carpet, so it’s a good idea to always wear slippers or socks.

Vacuum your carpets as often as possible (every day or 1-2 days) to remove surface dirt and dust to avoid your carpet looking spotty in high traffic areas compared to the rest of the carpet. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and change the filter every six months so you don’t blow pollutants back into the air.

Professional cleaning

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends a professional cleaning one to four times a year, depending on how heavily trafficked the area is. A professional cleaning removes not only the dirt and stains you can see but also what you can’t see. There is a huge power difference between professional ­carpet-cleaning machines and those you can rent at home and hardware stores: Professional machines have a pressure measurement of 250 to 1,200 pounds per square inch (PSI), as compared with the machines you can rent, which have a 35 to 70 PSI. A lack of powerful pressure could leave a soapy residue, which will then dry and attract dirt.

When hiring a professional cleaner, choose a company that uses hot-water deep extraction. We would also recommend that you confirm that the cleaning company is certified by the IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

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Spot maintenance

When it comes to emergency spills, act quickly! Use a white cloth or towel (the dye from a colored cloth could rub off on your carpet) to blot the affected area. Do not rub, or you will just push the stain in deeper. Make sure to not use too much water as you blot the area. Too much water will seep into the carpet pad taking the spot longer to dry and raises the possibility of mold and/or mildew in the pad or carpet fibers. For bad spills, don’t wait to call in a professional! The longer you wait the more likely the stain will set in.

How to keep your carpet soft

Your new carpet is an investment that should last years. With proper routine maintenance your new carpet should stay soft to the touch and looking like new for years to come!