The 3 Best Ways to Make Your Carpet Last Longer
February 21, 2013
Let’s talk about carpet maintenance. I find that people are interested in three factors concerning the best way to care for their carpets:
1. How often to vacuum
2. How often to get a professional clean
3. How to treat spots and stains in the between times
How often to vacuum:
We’ll start with vacuuming. There are so many opinions on this topic that it is difficult to know who is right, as well as difficult to make sense of all the advice out there.
I once read, and re-posted, that a carpet should be vacuumed as many times each week as the number of people living in your house. If this is true, then I would need to vacuum five times a week. I find that rather ridiculous, as well as impossible. So this calls for some common sense.
My own personal advice is that twice a week is the absolute most you should expect out of your vacuuming duties. I even find that number a bit extreme. Once a week in many households would be just fine, and of course an extra one now and then when company is expected.
If your home consists of pets and children, that just ups the factors involved in the decision. Type of pet, age and number of children, city or country life, eating habits, and characteristics of each child all play a role.
Say you have two dogs and three active boys who enjoy building forts in the shrubs around your house. They come in for lunch and eat in the family room while watching television. Twice a week with a vacuum cleaner isn’t even going to make a dent. You get my point. Look at your household and determine how messy its residents are. Then vacuum accordingly.
One good thing about having children is that vacuum cleaners are not as heavy as they used to be. This means that your child will reach the age of vacuuming capability much earlier. Therefore, the very one who causes the biggest mess in the house can be the very one to help with the upkeep of the carpet. Here is our list of the best vacuum cleaners in 2012.
It is important to note that vacuuming your carpet does indeed prolong its life. The dirt and soil that gets into carpeting must be removed on a regular basis. People walking on that dirt will grind it against the fibers and weaken them. In conclusion? Yes! Vacuum! Just use your own innate, and valuable, judgment in the process.
How often to get a professional clean:
You can take my advice on this one with a “grain of salt”. I work for a carpet cleaner. I have a biased opinion, and here it is. Get your carpets professionally steam cleaned at least once a year. There is only so much progress you can make with a vacuum cleaner, no matter how good, or high end, it is.
Cleaning your own carpet with a rental from the grocery store is good. Definitely a step up from just vacuuming. It helps keep your carpets clean longer and, depending on your household, may prolong the time between professional cleans. But don’t let it take the place of a professional carpet cleaning.
There is just no substitute for the thorough clean you get from quality, high pressure, water extraction equipment. That’s why we’re in business. Aaron bought the best equipment on the market with the end in mind … to be the best carpet cleaner in Fresno and Clovis California. He invested in hot water extraction because it works, and works well. Try us once and you’ll see the difference for yourself.
We have customers who call us more frequently than once a year. Every four months and every six months are how often some of our regular customers use our services. These are often households with high allergy members or lots of children or pets. We also use our professional equipment to clean tile, aggregate, and upholstery, making us a top choice for repeat visits.
How to treat spots and stains in the between times:
I still remember the first time I got my carpets cleaned. The technician said he was having a hard time removing a spot in the hallway because of all the detergent still in it. That was when I learned that sometimes cleaning a spot can actually make it worse. Detergent left in carpet attracts soil back to the fibers. So although it looks clean when first treated, the spot will continue to reappear until all the detergent is removed. This left me with a question. Am I just supposed to leave spots on my carpet until my next professional clean? ‘Cause that’s not going to happen!
So I did what any American would, I “Googled” it! Here’s what you do with spots:
1. Treat them right away. I know this isn’t always possible, but it must be said. The sooner the better.
2. Use a light colored towel to remove what you can first. Don’t rub. Blot.
3. Put water on the spot and agitate it a bit with your fingertips. Then blot again.
4. If the spot is still there, then use a carpet stain remover product that you have tested on your carpets before. No use taking the color out of your carpet along with the stain. Don’t douse the spot, use the product sparingly, according to the label directions.
5. Rinse out the product. No matter which product you choose to go with, try to get it all out, along with the stain, so that it does not attract more soil in the future.
Here are three carpet stain removers that we have found to have received high reviews:
1. Hoover Platinum Collection Instant Stain Remover ($13)
2. Bissell OxyPro Carpet Spot and Stain Remover ($6)
3. Weiman Carpet Cleaner ($3)
4. Resolve Triple Action Spot Carpet Cleaner ($6)
You are now equipped with the knowledge you need to care for your carpets long term. When your family and neighbors ask how you keep your carpets looking so nice, smile and take the praise. Then feel free to refer them to the best carpet cleaner in Fresno and Clovis. Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, improving homes one carpet at a time!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California.