Most of us prefer to clean our own homes. This is due to several factors: one the one hand, it means we spend less money. Conversely, it means that we can oversee all operations as we see fit, that way we can rely on our own potential rather than someone else’s conception of quality workmanship.
When it comes to cleaning your carpet, you may think that vacuuming alone does the job. However, this misconception could not be further from the truth. Most of us forget that all carpet should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 24 months to maintain cleanliness and preserve the warranty. This alone means that vacuuming is not enough for maintaining quality surroundings. Additionally, steam cleaning your carpets alone could introduce another slew of problems. To give you a better idea of the necessary steps to take, here is a list of why just vacuuming does not count as carpet cleaning.
Consider Your Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality can potentially be much worse than outdoor air, especially if the area is not adequately maintained. For example, dirty flooring, filthy carpet, as well as dusty drapes and shelves can create a less-than-desirable habitat for both yourself and others under your roof. This danger is compounded if you do not allow air to circulate on a regular basis. Consequently, this is a large reason why many Americans are susceptible to indoor allergies. To keep the air in your home fresh and dust free, it is important to thoroughly clean your carpets in ways that vacuuming simply cannot do.
Vacuuming is not a Professional Service
Did you know that the majority of carpet cleaners will not honor the warranty unless you can prove that you had the carpets cleaned every 12 to 18 months? While this timeframe is necessitated by the warranty, it is actually a good idea to get your carpets cleaned much more frequently. Many professionals recommend having your carpets cleaned every 4 to 6 months. However, that number is only constant if you do not own pets. For pet owners, professionals like Meridian Chem-dry recommend cleaning your carpets every 4 to 6 weeks.
In Case of Spills, Use Spray Cleaner
Vacuuming does absolutely nothing to clean spills other than rubbing them further into the carpet. Conversely, waiting even a short amount of time to clean up the spill affords it an ample amount of time to seep deeper into the floor. To prevent this, clean spills immediately after they occur. In order to properly clean them, it is essential to use spray cleaner in tandem with a cloth. Just spray some of the cleaner on the cloth and gently rub the stain. After, rinse a cloth with water and do the same thing, this will help remove any excess cleaner. If there is still moisture present, take a stack of paper towels and spread them over the area, then set a heavy object on top of the towels and leave it there until the moisture has cleared. Depending on the severity, you may need to leave it there overnight.