How To Care For Your Carpets

When it comes to maintaining your carpets, the critical areas of focus are the high traffic areas. If ground-in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the high traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. The soil is extremely abrasive against the fibres of your carpet as you walk back and forth on it. The second area of focus, of course, is spot removal. You must react to “danger” spots immediately. If not treated immediately, red wine, coloured beverages (such as grape, orange, cherry, etc.), urine, blood, etc. can cause permanent stains. Listed below are the proper steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpets.

Vacuuming

Professional Cleaning

Spot Removal

Protective Coatings

Vacuuming

Vacuum your carpet often… once or twice a week is recommended, depending on the amount of traffic. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil, not visible to the eye, that can cut and slice the fiber, causing premature wear. The key is vacuuming before the carpets look soiled. Remove loose particles, such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc., prior to vacuuming, as these items can create spots on the carpet.

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Professional Cleaning

As a general rule, professional cleaning (by a respected company such as ROTO-STATIC) should take place every 6-18 months. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more or less often depending on the type and amount of traffic. Proper professional cleaning should not leave the carpet overly wet and will not leave a sticky, soapy residue behind. Carpets can be professionally cleaned as many times per year as needed. Many stain resistant warranties offered by carpet manufacturers, require professional cleaning every two years. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the high traffic areas that cannot be removed by vacuuming. Warning: Uninformed carpet cleaners may void your warranty by using improper cleaning procedures. Be very selective when choosing which company to hire.

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Spot Removal

Immediate spot removal is imperative and great care must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient stain protector on it, plain warm tap water will remove most spots. However, for stubborn stains, a professional stain remover should be used. Select a product recommended by your carpet retailer or professional carpet cleaner. Most over-the-counter stain removers leave soapy residues that are very difficult to rinse and can cause yellowing. Clients often find that although spots seem to have disappeared, they frequently re-appear a few days or weeks later. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or products not specifically recommended for carpet stain removal. Apply carpet stain remover sparingly to the carpet surface. Use a spray applicator if possible, so as to deposit a fine mist on the stain. Using a clean, damp white terry cloth, gently rub the stain (from the outside of the stain toward the centre) causing it to transfer to the cloth. As you massage, keep going to a clean spot on the terry cloth. If the product you are using seems to cause the spot to re-appear or re-soil after a few days or weeks, discontinue its' use. For any spot that you can not remove, or for pet urine or feces, call your professional carpet cleaner.

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Protective Coatings

Many residential carpets are treated with stain repellents and soil resistors such as Dupon Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. With time, some of this protector wears off. At that point you should consider having you carpet cleaning company re-apply the protector, after a professional cleaning. This will improve your results when vacuuming, spots and stains will be easier to remove and your professional cleaning will be more effective. Do not be hesitant to ask the technician to allow you to smell and touch the "protector" he will be using. Highly regarded brand names have a distinctive odour and feel. Unscrupulous companies have been known to spray plain water on carpets in place of protectant. Beware of companies that use high pressure when selling this process. ROTO-STATIC uses only Dupont Teflon Advanced(tm) for this process, as it is very effective. It is also non-toxic, non-allergenic, biodegradable, and Made in Canada!

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