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How to keep you carpet Fresh, Clean and Healthy...

Your carpets represent a very significant investment, and keeping them clean and new looking is an important part of enhancing the overall look and appeal of your home. Taking proper care of them is absolutely essential to insuring they will have a long and useful life. Here are some carpet cleaning tips to help you retain the beauty and wearability of your carpets.

When it comes to maintaining your carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessivly. The dirt is extremely abrasive against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back and forth on it. The second area of focus of course is spot removal. You must react to "danger" spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, ect., can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately.

Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting.

Vacuum your carpet often - Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the abrasive soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.
As a general rule, professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm should take place about once per year. For extremely heavy traffic areas, cleaning may be required more often. Proper, professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed. Many stain resist warranties require professional cleaning every 2 years. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil in traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove.

The key to successful spot removal is getting to it as quick as possible. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner.

Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing and/or set the spot which can cause it to be a permanent stain. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.

At this point it may be good to know the difference between a spot and a stain. A spot is any foreign substance that adds texture to a fiber. A stain is anything that adds to or deletes the color of a fiber. Obviously, stains are not easily removed and usually permanent, whereas spots are more readily cleaned up.

Effectively Spot Removal

1. Identify what Caused the spot.

If you don't know yourself, ask others in the house. Knowing exactly what made the spot can make removal much faster, with a greater chance of success and with less chance of damage to your carpet.
Even, geometric spots such as circles, squares and even triangles may be stains from furniture legs. These are very difficult to remove and should be handled by a professional company.
If the spot is sticky or stiff, this is a good indication that removal is possible.
If the spot is lighter in color this is not a good sign as it may indicate that there is a color loss instead of just a spot.

2. If the spill is fresh, blot up as much as possible with an absorbent paper or cotton towel. (if the spill is think, use a spoon to remove as much as possible by scraping toward the center and scooping up).

3. If the spill is dried, pour a small amount of cooled water or carbonated water on the spot and work it in with a spoon to attempt to re-liquify it and then start the blotting proccess.

4. Use a fresh are of the towel or new paper towel and stand on it to blot. Repeat this procedure until no more residue transfers to the toweling.

Your carpet was chosen with careful thought and is a large investment for your home. Cleaning your carpet is very important, not only for appearance, but more importantly for your health! Proper cleaning of your carpet will remove environmental pollutants such as smoke, smog, and soil, which will make your carpet, wears much faster.

Carpet Systems Plus uses carpet protector. Protecting your freshly cleaned carpet with 3m Scotchgard coats your carpet with a protective barrier that reduces the penetration and adhesion of spills and soils. The soil resistor will help the soil slide off of the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective.
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