10 Commandments of Carpet Care
1. Vacuum frequently
and thoroughly. Most of the wear of carpeting is caused by dirt. Oily soils
attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.
2. Get at stains
quickly, 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another
if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain chemically
reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it.
3. Test carpet before
scrubbing, extracting or spotting. All carpets are different. Some carpets
are very sensitive to acid type cleaners and will lose their color quickly.
Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkalis.
4. Use appropriate
spotters starting with the mildest. Do not use harsh spotting agents unless
absolutely necessary and always neutralize high alkaline or high acid
cleaners after use.
5. Never dig or brush
spots. The proper procedure is to scrape the spot towards the middle and
then tamp the spot into the white towel or cloth using a brush or other
tamping devices. A meat tenderizer makes a great tamping tool.
6. Do not overuse
detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual
left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.
7. Do not use too much
water on the carpet. Most carpet detergents are chemically active enough so
they do not need a tremendous amount of wetting. Over-wetting can cause
brownout, carpet shrinkage, adhesion problems and all other kinds of
Extract residual if possible. Rotary scrubbing will clean the carpet fibers
the best by encapsulating dirt and detergent residue, which powders off the
carpet. Periodic extraction will flush out this dirt and other organisms
deep in the carpet.
9. Never "coat" a
dirty or spotty carpet. After scrubbing or extracting a dirty carpet, if you
are not satisfied with the results, do not apply a coat of carpet protector
as this will result in "gluing in the dirt" making it harder to remove it
the next time. Either re-scrub or extract the carpet or leave the carpet
until the next cleaning cycle before you coat.
10. Vacuum frequently
and thoroughly. It is so important it deserves two recommendations. Vacuum
frequently and thoroughly. It is so important it deserves two