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Having your Carpets Cleaned


By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Everyone wants professional, affordable, and eco-friendly cleaning done to his or her carpets. If you don’t have the time or patience to do it your self, below are a few tips on how to look for a company that will provide you with a safe, clean and qualified result.

Maintenance: Recommend cleaning carpets approximately every 9 to 12 months, depending on traffic and care.

DIY:

  1. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration capability.
  2. Remove stains quickly. When spills occur, use (seltzer or 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water) and a colorfast towel to blot up spill. Never dig or rub a spot. Most spot cleaners available contain significant detergents often resulting in residue build up. Absorb as much of the moisture as possible with dry paper towels.
  3. Employ walk-off mats at major entrances to your home.
  4. Frequent thorough vacuuming once or twice a week, depending on soiling, will increase the life of the carpet and area rugs.

Preventive: Wrinkles in carpet should be re-stretched as soon as possible to prevent carpet damage and premature wearing.

Pet Accidents: A professional carpet cleaning company most effectively cleans pet accidents. Pet Urine should be treated as soon as possible. As a short term fix the homeowner can use a mixture of one part white vinegar to two parts water. Lightly spray the area with the mixture and using a white colorfast towel. Continue process until smell is reduced to an acceptable level.
Air-Duct Cleaning: If your air ducts for your air-conditioning and heating system (ducting system) have not been cleaned, you may want to consider cleaning them as they can be a source of accumulated dust and could continue to contribute to more then usual carpet cleaning intervals.

Safety: Do not help contractors or their workers and do not lend them your tools. If a worker is hurt while you are assisting (e.g., holding a ladder) or is hurt using one of your tools, you may be liable via a 'tort claim' by the worker or contractor.

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