Friday, December 10, 2010
People tend to drag their feet when they walk. This creates wear when going from a hard surface to a carpet because the carpet is typically higher than the hard surface. Also, we tend to go the same way through a room. The walking and the dragging of our feet create wear. This becomes very apparent in rooms with lots of activities such as dens. Another factor that contributes to premature wear is dirt in your carpet. When we walk, the dirt grinds against the sides of the carpet fibers like sand paper and weakens the fibers. The result, at these high use areas, is that the carpet fibers get physically worn away and create a dull appearance. Also, because the fibers are frayed, they will absorb dirt, spills and such easier than the non-worn fibers.
The best ways to prolong the appearance of these wear patterns is first, VACUUM regularly. Removing the dry particulate dirt shown in the picture above is very important. Also, put doormats (non slip if on the hard surface) at the transition areas from a hard surface to the carpet. Let the doormat scrap the dirt off of shoes. It is cheaper to replace doormats than wall to wall carpets.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Commandments of Carpet Care
Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Most of carpet wear is caused by dirt. Oily soils attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup. Vacuum high-traffic areas daily, less-traveled areas at least twice a week.
Institute a no-dirt policy. A no-shoes rule is always effective, but can be difficult to implement. However, you should definitely make sure there are doormats at each entrance to your home. clean the mats regularly so they don't become sources of soil themselves.
If furniture rests on the carpet, be sure it gets moved occasionally and use coasters under the furniture's legs.
Address stains quickly: the longer a stain chemically reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it. Common stains usually don't require any liquid cleaners stronger than water. Use as little water as possible and blot them clean instead of rubbing or brushing.
Bring professional cleaners in regularly. The commercial grade equipment we use gets the deeply imbedded dirt out and will make your carpet last longer. It is good practice to have them cleaned every six months if you have children, and every 12 to 18 months if you do not.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Dealing With Urine While It Is Wet
Dealing With Dried Urine