2021 Carpet cleaning tips – a checklist that homeowners & businesses can tackle.
Like all other cleaning chores, the key to the longevity of your home and its belongings is maintaining your investment, whether it be marble counter-tops, hardwood floors, or wall-to-wall carpeting. Your floors take the brunt of daily wear and tear so routine vacuuming is always a great way to keep dirt and dust and pet hair from embedding deep into the carpet and creating a dingy and unhealthy environment.
Whether you are a do-it-yourself person or are planning to hire someone to give your carpets a good professional cleaning, spring is the perfect time to tackle this job!
Is spring the best time to do a “spring cleaning”?
That saying is tried and true!
Spring is the time of year when allergies and air quality is an issue for allergy sufferers and people who have breathing problems. There is an abundance of pollen in the air, on the trees, in the grass, and allover surfaces outside. We track all of these contaminants inside our homes and it sticks to our shoes and clothes and even our hair.
The same way a good rainstorm can reduce pollen levels outside by flushing them off of surfaces, a good carpet cleaning can thoroughly flush them from your carpets.
So breathe a sigh of relief – we have some tips that can give you a good idea of whether it is time to get your carpets cleaned and also what to do to start the process yourself. Questions? At Angelo’s Carpet Cleaning, we answer your phone call personally and will be happy to provide you with an estimate.
How to Tell if Carpets Need to Be Cleaned
Your carpets are in need of cleaning if:
It is much easier to remove as much clutter and furniture from the room as possible. Get boxes to store smaller items and if you can manage the weight of that couch or table, then moving it is the best way to go!
Your vacuum is your first line of defense – make sure the bag is empty and start to vacuum the room. It is important to vacuum thoroughly, taking multiple passes and also switching your position, and getting the carpet clean from different angles.
At this point you may have bought a cleaning solution at the store, make sure to test a spot on the rug to make sure that the solution does not bleach or stain your carpet. This is extremely important to do. Take a white cloth and dampen it with the mixture and apply it to an area that may be hidden or inconspicuous such as under the couch or in a corner. If the towel still looks bright white and the carpet looks the same color, you are good to go.
Use a cleaning solution and make sure to follow the instructions very carefully. Don’t use too much of the cleaning solution and make sure to cover the entire carpet.
As you come upon a visible stain or spot, it is important to hand scrub these areas.
Once done, make sure that any furniture that was left in the room has no cleaning solution on it. You can use a damp cloth to remove the solution from the legs of chairs or the base of furniture or any air grates on the floor.
Make sure to clean the solution from the wooden or marble or metal threshold at the room’s end. Walk off onto a towel and make sure not to track wetness in any other rooms.
It may take a while for your carpet to dry and it is best to stay out of the room until it has thoroughly dried. You can open up windows to increase ventilation in the room and it may help to brush the nap of the rug to “fluff” the fibers. A fan can also help!
Do not put furniture back in the room until it has had time to dry. It is also a good idea to use plastic under metal or wood legs of furniture to prevent rust stains or water damage to wood.
Carpet cleaning can not only add value to a home but it can increase the life expectancy of your carpets and make the air you breathe safe and healthy. If you are up to the challenge of cleaning your own carpets, we hope these tips can help. If this looks like a lot of work and you would rather go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, we are here to help and make a big chore as simple as a phone call! Call us at 610-935-7557 or visit our carpet cleaning service page to order service online.