Your carpets make-up the majority of your home’s floors. At R&S we know that regardless of your cleanliness efforts, your carpets always end-up dirty. To help your professional carpet clean last longer, follow the R&S carpet cleaning basics.
Vacuum correctly and often
Did you know that your vacuum has different settings and heights? To ensure you don’t damage your carpet, ruin your vacuum, or waste time on inefficient cleaning, follow these tips:
- Adjust your vacuum to the right height and material setting.
- Always start with a clean bag/empty compartment.
- Vacuum at the right speed: conduct multiple slow, passes in high-traffic areas and quick single passes in low-traffic areas.
- Vacuum once a week.
Avoid stain mishaps
Most stains can be efficiently cleaned immediately. But, the longer the stain, the more difficult it is to remove, so when the stains are more detrimental, give the professionals a call. When foods and liquids are dropped on the carpet, try these simple steps to avoid permeant damage:
- Remove excess food by scooping and scraping it off the carpet. Use a spoon or dull knife to prevent pushing the partials deeper into the carpet.
- Blot, never rub. Blotting helps remove the excess food or liquid, rather than spreading the spot.
- Try removing with water first. Often enough, stains can be removed with a clean white towel (or paper towel) and water. Use water to loosen up the stain and blot to absorb the spill.
- If plain water doesn’t do the job, use the appropriate mixture of water and dish soap or white vinegar. Depending on the type of stain, different solutions will do the job better than others.
Remove pet stains and odors fast
Sometimes our four-legged family members have accidents around the house. Whether they’re sick or still potty-training, you’ll want to clean up their accidents quickly and efficiently. Next time Fido has an indoor accident, try these action steps:
- Immediately remove any solids and flush the stain with cold water. Pour cool water on the stain and dab with a paper towel to remove any excess. Try using your foot/shoe to press the cloth into the stain firmly. Continue using try paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible.
- Mix one-part distilled white vinegar and one-part cold water to spray onto the stain. Saturate the stain area and sponge in the solution.
- Blot the area with a cold-water rinse. Then, continue using dry towels to blot out excess liquid, then let air dry.
Taking care of your carpets is an ongoing job. Be sure to address stains sooner rather than later and call in the R&S experts when carpets need a deep clean.