Carpet Maintenance Tips

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aking care of your carpet:

1. Dirt, dust, and other small particles are sharp and abrasive, and when they collect in your carpet, they can rip and tear the fibers over time. Regular vacuuming keeps these particles from wearing away at the carpet, and it also improves its appearance.

2. If you choose a vacuum that uses bags, make sure you change the bag frequently to allow maximum cleaning efficiency.

3. Heavy furniture, potted plants and other home décor can crush carpet pile and leave compressions that you may not notice until you redecorate or move. Use felt pads or protective caps to reduce or eliminate these compressions.

4. Looped carpets tend to snag over time – especially at the seams. It’s best not to vacuum over lose yarn or pull at the snags. Instead, grab a pair of scissors and carefully snip the snag flush with the plush. You can use a hot glue gun to glue the loose end into the backing. When vacuuming looped carpet, choose a vacuum without a beater bar.

5. When unexpected spills occur begin the cleanup process by using a dry cloth to blot up as much debris or liquid as possible. The longer you wait, the more the fibers will absorb the stain. Warm water should then be used to rinse the stained area. Press the cloth into the carpet to soak up the moisture until the stain is gone. Don’t scrub and don’t use hot water. You’ll damage the fibers. Finally, rinse the area with warm water and absorb the wetness with a dry cloth. After your carpet is dry, vacuum it to restore its texture and appearance.

6. Call the Pros: Time and traffic take their toll. Specific instructions on the type of professional cleaning necessary to keep that warranty in force are needed. Hire a professional carpet cleaner every year to maintain the liveliness of the carpet.

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