Carpet is the floor covering of choice for many people due to its warmth, softness underfoot and insulation from the clattering noise of footsteps. Most carpets offer value and durability as well as eye appeal in the home. The one disadvantage is that it is impossible to wash them – at least on a frequent basis, since they take so long to dry. Instead, other means of carpet cleaning should be undertaken. Your choice of carpet care and choice of professional carpet cleaner will depend on the type of carpet you have and the cause of the dirt or stain.
- Vacuuming is one of the best ways to clean your carpet. A good vacuum cleaner can suck most of the loose dirt, pet hairs and dander, pollen and dust from the carpet and make it almost like new again. But not all vacuum cleaners do a good job on the carpet areas in the home because the suction is not strong enough, especially on carpet with a deep pile.
- Smelly carpets can be cleaned by sprinkling powder or spraying with a special foam before vacuuming. Note: the foam requires time to dry before being vacuumed off.
- Sweeping with a straw broom or using a dustpan and brush can remove small areas of loose dirt or dry spills, especially on a carpet with short or no pile.
- Mopping with a cloth must be done if you spill something wet onto the carpet, especially if it will stain. Wine, coffee and tea need to be mopped up immediately. Use a dry cloth first and simply press down over the stain to absorb as much moisture as possible. Then use a damp cloth and wipe from the edges of the stain to the centre so it does not spread. Do not scrub at the stain, and we recommend contacting a professional like Ellis Facility Services.