How to maintain your carpet between cleanings
Carpet & Soiling
Germs and Bacteria
Germs and bacteria of all kinds can be tracked onto your carpeting. Even the use of treated door mats cannot prevent this, but may significantly retard the process. These germs are alive and thriving in your carpet, and as long as it remains dirty, they will continue to breed and grow.
Soapy, Sticky Residue
Soapy and sticky residue from conventional shampoo, dry foam, spray, and bonnet methods of cleaning will cause rapid resoiling due to the lack of proper extraction of the chemicals used in these methods. Spots and stains will resurface because they were only pushed a little deeper, and the traffic lanes will appear dirty much sooner.
Sand, Grit, and Hard Dirt Particles
Sand, grit, and hard dirt particles which are deeply embedded in your carpet will cause abrasion of the tips and sides of the fibers. These scratches will makes the carpet look dull after a time.
Dirt particles contain an assortment of minerals and chemicals which are gathered and blended from a wide area. Humidity or moisture tracked into your home on shoes can act as a catalyst to this foreign matter. The reaction may cause severe damage to the carpet dye and can actually change the color of the carpet if it remains over long periods of time.
Gasses in the Air
Gasses in the air caused by the burning of various fuels and the action of the sun on certain other gasses in the atmosphere can affect the stability of a carpet dye. Many disinfectants and harsh detergents can affect the dye. The longer these foreign elements are allowed to remain in your carpet, the more likely the chance of damage to carpet dye. It is dye damage that first causes you to notice a change in the color of your carpet. About 90% of all soil is dry particulate and can be easily removed by normal vacuuming. Only about 10% is oily and needs special attention.
What Can You Do About These Problems?
The Three Steps to Successful Maintenance:
1. Vacuum. 2. Vacuum. 3. Vacuum.
This is the secret to success. We recommend a good quality, upright vacuum cleaner with a reel-type brush to move the tips of the carpet pile so the dirt can be removed with the air velocity created by the vacuum.The basic rule is that dirt should not be allowed to settle in the carpet. Walking on dirt and grit that has settled into the base of the fibers causes an abrasive action, which results in the appearance of traffic lanes and worn areas. Between cleanings, vacuum traffic lanes every day. Use a back-and-forth motion in one direction, and then finish the carpet by going back-and-forth in the opposite direction. And remember, go slowly.
Change the disposable bags or empty the vacuum often Filled pickup bags result in less suction and less dirt removal. Be sure to check the belt that drives the brush or beater bar. A broken or worn belt reduces efficiency. Don’t worry about the amount of fiber you pick up from new carpet. These are ends which are not removed in the manufacturing process. Continual shedding can continue for many months.
Carpet Sweepers and electric brooms are useful for picking up surface soil, but it is important to know that they will not clean deeply.
Never use a broom of any kind on the carpet. Doing so will just push the dirt around. You will have only created an in house dust storm.
One of the best methods of preventing the tracking of soil throughout your home is to provide removable mats at each entrance to your home – both inside and outside. Removable mats can be laundered, hosed, beaten or vacuumed as soil accumulated to a noticeable degree.