The Need For Carpet Cleaning

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You may know its time to clean the carpet once it starts to get musky or maybe it is just starting to look bad. But, if you did not realize it, it is very important to clean your carpet much more often than that! In fact, it is necessary for good health as much as it is for sanitary living. While many of us sweep out kitchens and mop our floors, we don't all take the time to get in a carpet clean as much as we should. Here, we will talk about why it is important to clean your carpet and provide you with some helpful tips on how to keep it looking clean in between deep cleanings.

First, let's make it clear that you need a clean carpet in your home in order to live a healthy life. This is very important especially to those who have allergies. Every time something hits that carpet, it gets rubbed deep into the carpet where you can not see it. Even the best vacuum cleaners can not get a carpet clean enough. You need to take the time to get it washed properly and regularly to avoid these things. Secondly, not only is it good for allergy relief to do this but it is also necessary to protect your home from mold and mildew. A spill can be dried at the top layers of carpet but often it does not dry fast enough towards the bottom. The result, damaged carpet, mold, mildew and even damage to the floor boards beneath the carpeting. All you need to do is to remove the dirt and allow to properly dry to prevent these things. Clean carpet skills are easy to have though.

Here are some helpful carpet cleaning tips to consider for your everyday use:

Cleaning Tip 1: A clean carpet is one that is taken care of. Take the time to vacuum often enough and make sure to do it correctly. That means going over the floor in several directions to allow the vacuum to pick up all the debris it can. A high quality vacuum is


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the best choice. Make sure to use it correctly as you are directed by the manufacturer. Also, make sure to keep the bags or containers empty and filters clean as well.

Cleaning Tip 2: Watch for spills and take care of them quickly to maintain a clean carpet. Just using water on the spill will help most spills. And, if that doesn't work, expand your search. You will find several products on the market that can help you to get rid of spills quickly. These products range in uses and can be helpful when you match them with the type of spill that has occurred. You can also use a mixture of water and vinegar to help you keep the stains out. Taking immediate action can help to prevent spills from becoming stains leaving you with a clean carpet.

Cleaning Tip 3: Make sure to get a deep cleaning in on the carpet as often as needed. To have a clean carpet, you need to have it either professionally cleaned or you will need to use a deep cleaning machine. You will find more tips on how to purchase a deep cleaner online as well. There are advantages as well as disadvantages to each of these choices. The point is that a thorough cleaning will be needed at the very least every six months to a year.

Cleaning Tip 4: The proper use of entrance mats will help clean off people's shoes and will keep most of the tracked in soils off the carpet surfaces. When using entrance mats there are two very important considerations for making them as effective as possible. The first is the mat must be long enough length should be between 6 to 12 feet long, with 10 to 12 feet long being the best. There also needs to be mats placed outside the building. These will remove the larger particles of soil. The second is they must be cleaned on a regular basis before they reach the point of total saturation. When a mat reaches this

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point it can no longer hold the soils and they end up spilling onto the floors it is protecting.

Monitoring areas outside the building and well positioned entrance mats are ways we can prevent most of the soils from entering the building. Not matter how efficient your protective maintenance is, a certain amount of soil will get in.

About 80% of soils that enter a building are dry. The remaining 20% are oils, greases and starches. The dry soils are easily removed by vacuuming and as long as they are removed on a daily basis it will help minimize the damage.

Having a clean carpet is more than just healthy. It can also prolong the life of the carpet. If you have just laid the carpet, you already realize the expense involved in doing so. But, even if you have not just done this, you probably realize the benefits of keeping your carpet clean. It will add value to the home if it is well maintained. It will help to keep the home odor free as well. And, it will also offer a comfortable living area for your friends and family. Follow our carpet cleaning tips to make sure this happens.

Carpeting is a necessary part of the home and it needs to smell good, look good and be a clean carpet in order for you to reap the rewards that it can offer you. By using a little common sense when it comes to cleaning your carpeting regularly as well as using a little know how from the web, you really can keep your carpet clean.
About the Author

Rodel Garcia is a cleaner for 3 years and currently working @ BC Children's and Women's Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. and webmaster of this website about Carpet Cleaning Tips. Please click here for other tips on cleaning carpet stain


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