Whether you’re a carpet veteran or a new homeowner with fresh fibers on your hands, there are a number of things you need to know about carpet cleaning that will keep the floors of your Overland Park home fresh and resilient. Here at Floor Coverings International KC South, our experts want to give you the tools you need to get the most out of your floors. Read below to learn some fundamentals of carpet cleaning that you may not have known!
When to Clean your Carpets
A regular cleaning is not just for those with messy pets or allergy concerns. Aside from the weekly vacuuming and occasional spot cleaning, carpets need to be deep cleaned at least once a year. This is an important practice, because carpets – as opposed to other flooring options – are especially prone to trapping in dust and grime. Some carpet experts even recommend a deep cleaning every six months.
In the case of small spills and accidents, a simple spot cleaning may be all you need for regular carpet maintenance. There are many techniques out there, ranging from blotting a spill with club soda, to treating it with shaving cream. One of the most popular methods is to spot clean your carpet with a mixture of water and white vinegar. Cold water will prevent organic materials from “cooking” or staining into the carpet, and blotting the mixture into the stain (instead of rubbing it) will ensure that you don’t wear out the carpet fibers in one spot.
Spot cleaning will inevitably be a must, but it is not an excuse to go without deep cleaning your carpet at least once a year. The most popular form of deep cleaning is steam cleaning. In this process, a cleaning solution is blasted deep into the carpet through a pressure cleaning system, and the resulting dirty water is sucked back out. This is a popular cleaning method, as the water can penetrate down to the backing to reach any debris that spot cleaning can’t. You will have to allow your floors to dry for 12-24 hours before using them again, but hiring a professional cleaning service may cut this time down thanks to their use of heavy-duty equipment.
Another option for homeowners is to do a dry cleaning of your carpet. This involves sprinkling a chemical solution over your carpets, working it in, and vacuuming it up. While you can walk on your carpets immediately after the procedure is done, this is not the best solution for getting grim that is set deep in your carpet, or for eliminating all stains. This may also cause concerns for homeowners who want to avoid chemicals in the home.
Call your Local Carpet Experts Today
The carpet experts at Floor Coverings International KC South can answer any carpet cleaning question you have for your Overland Park home. Call us today for a free, in-home consultation, and to learn more about our carpet selection and preferred cleaning methods. We proudly serve the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood areas!
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