How to care for your carpetsOver time our carpets get particles of dirt from shoes, pets, heavy trafficked areas or just simply from cleaning furniture etc. The dirt acts like thousands of blades cutting at the carpet fibres. When you walk across the dirty carpet, you are essentially grinding the sharp dirt against the carpet yearn causing tiny nicks in fibre. Dirt doesn’t just damage the fibres of your carpet but it also brings along things such as little carpet bugs, like carpet beetles, carpets moth or maggots. You have never heard of them? Me neither until they decided to take up residence in my living room carpet.
Carpet beetles can cause a lot of damage to furniture, clothes and other fabrics while creating a health hazard for people and pets living in the house. How do I spot them? Carpet beetles like to live out of sight and feed on there natural fibres in fabrics, even living off carpet fibres that are 90 percent synthetic.They tend to live deep inside carpets, so look out for damages and little holes in your carpets. You see, keeping your carpets clean is not only essential from a hygienic point of view but will also be the key to a long-lasting carpet.
1. Vacuum often
It is important to hoover your carpets regularly. As a rule of thumb, you should vacuum at least once a week with a quality vacuum cleaner. However, the more foot traffic over your carpet, the more you need to vacuum. The general formula is to vacuum daily in high-traffic or pet areas to remove dirt, hair, dander, and the smaller microscopic allergens that are invisible to the naked eye.
To make sure you will get the best result using your hoover, you will have to regularly care for your hoover. We have put together a short list of tips, showing you how to do this:
Ensure your vacuum is clean: It’s common sense when you think about it but so many of us forget to clean our vacuum cleaner. Ensure you replace your vacuum bag regularly. Many people assume that bags only need to be replaced when they are full, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. To keep your hoover working at it’s best, you will want to replace the bag when it is 2/3 full, not when it is completely packed with dirt. Change the bag outside your property if possible. That way you don’t spread the dirt and bugs or their eggs after you have just got them out of your carpet!
Clean your brush roll: Occasionally you will want to check your hoover brush as over time certain items can get wrapped around the roll, which will prevent it from spinning as well as it should. Small items such as floss, hair, string or small plastic items can cause the brush to get blocked and stop rotating.
Check your filters: The importance of keeping your filter clean cannot be stressed enough. We recommend to clean and replace the filters regularly. You can rinse plastic filters under luke-warm water and shake paper and fabric filters if you are able to remove them. (don’t forget to do this outside your property) Please remember that any fabric or paper filter should be replaced every 3 months.
Washing your carpetsFor washing your carpets, its always best to go to a professional. Firstly, they have the correct machinery and secondly, they have been trained accordingly in the industry. Different carpets require different liquids and different amounts of water and only a professional would be aware of the cleaning regime for the type of carpet you have. We are working together with great carpet cleaners who are incredibly experienced and greatly trusted. Having your carpet professional cleaned should be on everyones house maintenance list and doesn’t always has to be highly expensive. If you would like to get some advice from us in regards to your carpet cleaning regime or would like to book our carpet cleaning service please get in touch here.
If you, however, cannot justify the cost of a professional carpet cleaner and would like to do it yourself, you can always hire a carpet cleaning machine! If you decide to do this, there are a few things you should do to provide the best clean possible:
Vacuum well before and after cleaning: Vacuum before the clean to remove large soiled particles and vacuum and after to pick up soil that has surfaced when drying.
Pre-treat your stained areas: Using a spray bottled spot cleaning detergent, lightly spray over the area and then leave to sit for 5-10 minutes before cleaning.
Elevate or remove furniture: It is best to remove the furniture if you can but if you can’t then stick some aluminium foil under the legs of the furniture to avoid rust or paint finishing transferring to the carpet.
Let it dry thoroughly: Allow a minimum of 3-4 hours for the carpets to be bone dry before walking back over them. You need to ensure the windows are left open and the heating on low. Also, ensure you wear shoe covers if you can’t wait before walking over it to avoid making the floor dirty again.
Please keep in mind that it is unavoidable to instruct a profession to clean your carpets should you noticed any carpet beetles. The treatment to kill them needs to be applied more than once in most of the cases and the necessary chemicals to treat them will not be available over the counter. ( I am speaking from personal experience)
Once you have cleaned your carpets there are some great tips and tricks for keeping it clean, fresh and maintained:
Stains: 99% stains can be removed if dealt with straight away. Use a clean, white cloth and blot the area, don’t rub! Once you have soaked up most of the moisture, use a spot cleaner to get rid of the last residue.
Shake n’ vac: For our pet owners, why not use shake n’ vac, sprinkle a little magic over your carpets, leave for 5-10 minutes and simply vacuum up! Enjoy the glorious citrus smell. You can purchase this from any supermarket! I personally hover my carpets a minimum of 3 times a week and once a week I would use shake n’ Vac to fresh up my carpets. Glade Shake n’ Vac eliminates deep-down odours on carpets and rugs, and freshen your home to ensure you always have something soft and loving to come home to. This product is not advisable for people who suffer from asthma so please make sure you read the instructions before using.
Place floor mats in the high traffic areas: Get yourself a doormat so when you come in you can wipe your feet. This removes the soils from the bottom of your shoes which resultantly go into the carpets causing them to get dirty. There are many different floor and doormats on the market but my favourite as an owner of two dogs is by far the Bunty microfibre soft pet mat which you can purchase on Amazon. It really works and you can wash it in your washing machine.
Invest in home shoes or slippers: Of course, one of the most obvious things to do is take your shoes off when entering the house. So if your someone who doesn’t like walking around barefooted or in socks, get some indoor shoes or slippers to avoid walking on the carpets in outdoor footwear. If you can always have some spare slippers available for guest.
So there you have it, Domestico’s tips and tricks for maintaining your carpets! Why not take advantage of our current £10 off offer and get your carpet clean booked in now! Fill in the booking form and we will give you a call to discuss further!