How to Clean Carpet: Cleaning Tips for Long Lasting Carpet

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While vacuuming tackles surface debris, carpets still require periodic deep cleaning to look their best and last for years. Over time, dirt, oils, allergens and microscopic bits embed deep down into the piles, abrasively damaging fibers. Follow this guide from Vip Carpet Cleaning London’s experts for tips maximizing your flooring life expectancy through proper maintenance.

Schedule Professional Deep Cleanings

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends hot water extractions by qualified professional carpet cleaners every 12-18 months even in lightly used rooms. Benefits include:

  • Loosens and lifts years of accumulated abrasive soils from fiber base
  • Sanitizes carpeting prone to bacteria, perfect for homes with kids and pets
  • Removes musty odors from moisture and mold buildup
  • Brightens faded carpets by flushing out cloth dyes loosened within piles

Vip Carpet Cleaning London offers maintenance plans with discounted rates providing regularly scheduled cleaning visits. Enroll today.

Vacuum Properly & Frequently

Proper vacuuming is crucial for carpet care in between professional deep cleaning appointments. Here are vacuum tips from the experts:

  • Use a vacuum with adjustable heights and brush roll suited for carpeting. Turn off beater bars when cleaning delicate area rugs.
  • Concentrate on high-traffic zones like hallways daily if possible, at minimum every other day.
  • Once per week, vacuum the entire floor moving furnishings to access all areas evenly.
  • Change bags before overfilled or suction suffers through accumulated dirt between professional visits.

Pretreat Stains

No matter how careful the household, spills happen. But many DIY attempts using the wrong methods or products sets stains rather than removing them. Here is our best advice for pretreatment:

Blot immediately – Quickly absorbing moisture from fresh spills limits spreading and wicking into carpet fibers buying time for stain removal.

Avoid scrubbing – Harsh circular scrubbing motions drive spills deeper into vulnerable carpet fibers. Always blot, never scrub stains.

Use mild solutions – For food or pet stains under 24 hours old, spray lightly with a solution of lukewarm water mixed with a mild detergent. Never dump cleaning agents directly on carpeting.

Rinse & extract – After pretreating, rinse with clean water and extract all residue using white towels to prevent rapid resoiling locked within fibers.

Call professional carpet cleaners in London for mystery stains or unidentifiable odors older than a day or two old. Attempting removal of embedded dried or unknown stains often makes them worse when lacking professional strength products.

Protect Entry Points

Many homeowners concentrate carpeting care efforts solely inside without realizing up to 80% of dirt enters the home from outside. Protect all entryways by laying quality doormats exterior and right inside doorways on top of interior carpeting or flooring.

  • Exterior mats must be extremely coarse and durable. Rubber/vinyl blends or coco fibers scrape shoes most effectively before reaching interior flooring.
  • Look for Carpet and Rug Institute testing standards which ensure interior mats trap soils without harming carpeting fibers underneath when weighted down over years.
  • By stopping dirt at doorways, carpets inside stay cleaner dramatically longer reducing damage between professional deep cleanings.

Area Rug Tips

Don’t forget proper periodic cleaning under area rugs prone to mold, mildew and damage to flooring underneath from soil abrasion over years. Here are handy area rug maintenance tips:

  • Lift and flip smaller rugs upside down shaking grit outdoors every month using a carpet beater tool.
  • For larger area rugs, schedule professional cleaning every year including sanitizing rug backs in contact with flooring.
  • If rugs trap humidity from below, use carpet fan systems speeding drying anytime floors are cleaned underneath to prevent mold blooms.

Properly caring for your wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs dramatically extends their lifetime, optimizes appearance between professional appointments and protects your flooring investment. Contact Vip Carpet Cleaning London to design a complete maintenance plan custom tailored to your home or business needs.

Treat Pet Accidents Promptly

Pet urine requires specialized treatment beyond basic carpet cleaners. The uric acid can permanently stain fibers brownish or yellowish if not neutralized. Use an enzyme cleaner formulated for pet stains to break down the crystals rather than just masking odors. Thoroughly rinse and extract residues after. For old or mysterious smells, trust Vip Carpet Cleaning London’s pet odor removal services using professional strength hydrogen peroxide solutions to blast away urine salts and bacteria.

Rotate Area Rugs

Rotating area rug orientation every few months prevents uneven wear from furniture legs staying put. This also avoids crushing fibers and matting in heavy traffic lanes. Periodically lift smaller rugs and beat embedded grit outside with a carpet beater tool.

Protect Carpeting from Sunlight

Just like upholstery, carpeting fades faster when positioned near untreated windows. Close drapes when rooms aren’t occupied, rearrange furnishing locations periodically or use rug sizes allowing repositioning away from the sunlight’s harshest angles during peak daylight hours.

Groom High Traffic Areas

In addition to periodic deep cleaning, Vip Carpet Cleaning London offers specialized grooming services using unique rake tools ideal for commercial spaces or hallways and stairs prone to matting and crushing. This maintenance service keeps piles standing upright and regenerated between standard hot water extraction appointments.

By following these tips for preventing dirt from invading while promptly removing spills, carpets can retain their integrity over a decade in residential settings. Contact London’s leading carpet cleaning company to hire carpet cleaners at Vip Carpet Cleaning for maintenance plans customized for your needs.

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