With proper regular care, you can add years to the life of your carpet and help to retain its original appearance. The most important thing you can do is vacuum thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high-traffic areas.
Vacuuming helps remove dirt particles which abrade the carpet and dull the appearance. For best results, use a vacuum cleaner with beater bars and good suction. Keep bags, filters, and recovery tanks clean.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification) states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming.
- Spot removal.
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting.
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns.
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet.
How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. The SERVPRO Franchise System offers several deep cleaning processes:
- Hot Water Extraction.
- Deluxe Preconditioner and Rinse.
- Rotary Jet Extraction.
- Showcase Cleaning.
SERVPRO Professionals know the latest in carpet construction and safe, effective cleaning methods to help maintain carpet beauty. Call 1-800-SERVPRO or locate a Franchise in your local area. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will provide you with a free estimate for cleaning and restoring your carpets.