Maintaining Your Home’s Carpeted Floors

carpetCarpeted floors make the home warmer and more comfortable. However, these carpets are more prone to dirt and getting worn out. Here are a few things you can do to keep your floors looking great.

Vacuuming your floor often is a great way to banish the dirt. High traffic areas and entrances should be vacuumed at least twice a week to reduce the dirt and soils build up. Make sure you vacuum at the right height so you can pick up as much dirt as possible without damaging the carpet fibers and the vacuum’s roller brush. You should also get walk-off mats to keep the dirt of the carpet. Use them inside and out to trap the dirt off people’s shoes before it ends up on the carpet.

You should use a professional cleaning service for thorough cleaning every once in a while. Professional cleaners with truck-mounted equipment are better to work with rather than portable steam cleaning. The truck-mounted equipment exhausts dirty air and humidity outside; it also has stronger suction to leave the carpet drier. Professional carpet cleaners thoroughly clean your carpet to get rid of most of the dirt left in the carpet fibers after vacuuming. They also use carpet-coating products that restore the sheen of your carpet and protect it from dirt. You can get some professional DIY carpeting tips to use on your carpet in between professional washes.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not cleaning stains immediately. You should clean stains right away to avoid them sinking into the carpet fibers.  Do not dig or scoop food spills as it works them deeper into the carpet fibers. You should use a spoon to scrape the food into a pile in the middle of the spill then push it onto a towel before working on the stain. If you act quickly, you have a higher chance of getting rid of the stain completely. The longer it stays, the harder it is to remove.

There are various home remedies you can use to get rid of stains on the floor. Most stains can be removed using plain tap water by pressing a clean cloth over the stain to absorb the spill then using water and a damp towel to blot the stain until it is gone. Do not rub or scrub the stain as this works it deeper into the carpet fibers. You can also use vinegar or club soda on stubborn sports.

Thinking about replacing flooring in your Raleigh home? With such a wide variety of options to choose from, picking the perfect floor for your family can be quite tricky. Get advice from the experts or call your trusted local floor company for help.