Remove The Damaging Soil
We cannot stress enough how important frequent vacuuming is to maintaining your carpet. It is the single most important things you can do aside from regular professional cleaning. Soil and sand attach themselves to the carpet fiber and as we talk on the carpet that soil acts as sandpaper. It slowly begins to damage and break down the carpet fiber and will eventually damage the protective properties of the carpet too. Once the fiber begins to wear, it will start to look darker in those areas because the light is reflecting differently on the carpet fiber. This is what makes it look darker than the rest of the carpet besides the actual soil load causing the color change.
A vacuum that has an adjustable height feature and a great beater bar is what you want to safely dig that fine soil particulate out of the carpet. You want to regularly change your bag and for bagless vacuums ensure that your filters are clean so that your vacuum has optimal suction. Periodically checking the beater bar/brush and removing hair and fibers is paramount for your vacuum's performance. The most important part is to vacuum regularly! A family of 4 should be vacuuming every other day in the most commonly used areas of the home. A family with pets should consider vacuuming every day to keep up with the shedding hair and body oils.
Dealing With Spills and Spots
We recommend using white terry towels and to compress the spot with something that has a good amount of weight so that the towel can absorb as much as possible. Your natural reaction is to want to grab the latest and greatest spotting product and get to scrubbing the spot out. This can set the stain and we highly do not recommend you do this.
Blotting with white terry towels to remove the spot is the best course of action. It does take some patience but scrubbing the spot pushes it down further into the carpet, and the friction from scrubbing may set the spot turning it into a stain.
WALK OFF MAT AND RUNNER RUGS
Walk off mats and runner rugs helps less dirt to reach your carpeted areas. The majority of soil on the soles of your shoes comes off on the carpet in the first couple of steps. Placing entry rugs and runner rugs down will allow that majority of the soiling to come off on those rather than your beautiful carpet. You can buy ones that can be thrown into the washer or sprayed off with a garden hose and hung to dry. We can clean these for you at your carpet cleaning appointment or take them with us to clean.