While we may think we are doing a good job of maintaining our carpet certain everyday habits could actually be hurting it. Here are seven habits that you should break, if you want to keep your carpet looking its best.
Maintaining the appearance and look of your carpeting requires you to do the right things. If you are not doing these, you may be destroying your carpeting and have to replace much sooner than expected.
1. Not vacuuming at least once a week
Does your carpeting have small brown or black coloured spots on it? This is actually dirt that has worked its way into the carpet fibers caused discolouration. Vacuuming weekly helps prevent this problem as well as removes dirt, pet dander, dust, and other debris.
2. Vacuuming your carpeting too much
Vacuuming more than twice a week can actually destroy the carpet fibres and cause them to start to fray and unravel. The pile of the carpeting will start to look uneven and worn with individual fibre strands sticking out in different directions.
3. Not having your carpeting professionally cleaned at least once a year
There is only so much dirt and debris vacuuming can remove. A professional deep cleaning helps remove dirt and debris that is trapped deep inside the carpeting. In addition, professionally cleanings are often required by carpet manufacturers to maintain their warranties.
4. Not cleaning up accidents and spills promptly
You might be surprised to learn that some people actually ignore cleaning up accidents and spills. Their solution is to just scrub it deeper into the carpeting, hoping it will cover it up. What they are actually doing is ruining their carpeting. Whenever an accident occurs, carefully blot it up until it is soaked up.
5. Using powder-type carpet deodourizers and fresheners
Poder-type carpet retail products are not good for your carpeting. The powders are like fine grains of sand. It is easy for them to work their way deep down into the base of the carpeting. Not to mention, they are sharp and will slowly cut through the carpet fibres.
6. Using household cleaning products on carpeting
Household cleaning products can be very abrasive on your carpeting. They are not meant to be used on the soft carpet fibres. Certain products can actually remain in the carpeting and leave a residue which attracts grime, dust and dirt.
7. Using retail carpet cleaning products on carpeting
Retail carpeting cleaning products are considered an “all purpose” product which does not account for variances in carpeting types, PH levels of stains, and other such factors you need to know to remove stains and odours.
Your carpet cleaning professional would rather prefer you saved your money. Instead they are more than happy to supply you with the same commercial grade quality products they use, which are matched to your carpeting.
8. Using the wrong vacuum cleaner
It is important to make sure your vacuum is compatible with your type of carpeting. For instance, brush-style vacuums work great on deep pile carpeting, but can destroy low pile and thin carpeting.
If you walk around your home with your shoes on, any germs you have picked up from the outdoors is brought inside and gets into your carpeting and rugs. Germs include various types of bacteria, viruses, and other undesirable things no one really wants in their carpeting. Many germs are responsible for making us sick since they cause illnesses and diseases.