How Healthy Is Your Home?
Keeping our carpets clean and looking good is not always an easy task. The nature of the job of floor coverings like rugs and carpets makes them one of the dirtiest places in the home. Some of the more common stuff you can find embedded in the carpet fibres include dead skin cells, bits of soil, liquid spills, food crumbs, pet dander, oil and many other things that come from a thousand different sources.
It’s easy enough to clean away the things that you see, but what about the microscopic particles embedded in your carpet that may be harmful to your health? There are different ways by which you can clean your carpet of unwanted dirt.
For most homeowners, using a vacuum cleaner is the first and most common method that they employ to keep their carpets clean. It is recommended that you vacuum your carpet at least once a week, and sometimes more if you have pets running around in your house.
You don’t have to wait for your carpet to turn into an ugly shade of murky brown before you decide to plug in your vacuum cleaner and have a go at it. The surface of your carpet might look clean enough, but you never know just what’s lurking down at the fibre roots.
The constant foot traffic subjects your carpet to all kinds of dirty things like small bits of clay, soil, sand and quartz. These get stuck in your carpet and rub against the fibres like sandpaper, robbing them of their sheen and softness.
Carpets also act as traps for airborne particles like dust, pollen and allergens. These particles stay in your carpet unseen, posing a serious health threat to you and your family. Vacuuming your carpet regularly will get rid of these particles and help keep your carpet looking good for much longer.
If you can’t always vacuum every single carpet in the house, be sure to pay special attention to the high traffic areas of the house.
SPOT AND SPILL CLEANUP
Even with stain resistant carpets already making good progress in the market today, it’s still important for you to know how to get rid of spots and spills on your carpet. The sooner you can get them out, the less adverse effect the liquid will have on your carpet. Fresh stains and spills come off easier than old ones.
When it comes to doing spot cleanups on your carpet, there are two things you have to keep in mind:
- Don’t use all purpose spray cleaners.
- Don’t rub the carpet.
That bottle of carpet spotter you bought at the supermarket might look like it’s doing a good job at first, but the truth is that it can damage your carpet in the long run. These all purpose sprays usually contain harsh chemicals that can ruin the carpet fibres and even create bleach stains in the future.
The same thing is true about rubbing away at a carpet stain. Rubbing the surface of your carpet will not get rid of the spill. In fact, it will only spread the stain aside from damaging the fibres. What you want to do is simply to blot the spill with paper towels or a dry rag.
Work your way in from the edges of the spill and check your towel every now and then for liquid transfer. You may also use warm water to get out all the liquid, blotting at the surface gently. Your job is done if you finally stop transferring the spill onto the towel. For solid materials that get stuck in your carpet, scrape them off carefully with the edge of a spoon.
REGULAR PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
At the end of the day, nothing beats good carpet cleaning done by the professionals. Hot water extraction is in fact recommended by some of the biggest carpet manufacturers today, simply because it’s the best way for you to keep your carpet really clean and serviceable for a long time.
Even the most powerful home wet-vacuum cleaner can’t hold a candle to the quality of cleaning that professionals can do for your carpet. Hot water extraction gets out all the dissolved dirt in by spraying the water onto the surface of the carpet and sucking the mixture back up in one powerful motion.
Your carpet does not have to look dirty in order to be eligible for the attention of a professional carpet cleaner—you will save money in the long run if carpet cleaning is more of a maintenance activity than a last-ditch effort to restore your carpet to its former glory.
As an added bonus, the water and the heat of professional hot water extraction also restores the beautiful texture of your carpet. The process resets the twist of the carpet fibres, extending the life of the product and making it look better longer. Hiring portable steam cleaning machines will not give you the same satisfaction and quality clean that you would get from having your carpets professionally cleaned.
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