Dread cleaning day? Who doesn’t? Use these tricks and tips that are sure to make cleaning much easier! :
- Vacuum Regularly.Almost 85% of soil in your carpets is soil that is brought in by the soles of your shoes. That dry soil can be easily cleaned up simply by vacuuming regularly. The dry soil can agitate and damage your carpet fibers and make your carpet look dull and dirty so it is very important to vacuum high traffic areas more frequently than the lighter traffic areas. Light traffic areas can be vacuumed once a week; high traffic areas should be vacuumed daily. (The vacuum bag should be changed when ½ – ⅔ full.)
- Adjust the vacuum height setting. You vacuum’s carpet height setting is definitely an important factor. If the height setting is too low, the suction won’t be as good because there isn’t sufficient room for the air to flow. Having a too low setting is also not good because it can cause the brush to go too deep into the carpet and cause damage to the fibers. By using a height setting that is too high, the dirt will not be ‘pushed’ into the vacuum with the roller. This causes there to be a lot of soil left in your carpets even after vacuuming.
- Check the roller.You always want to make sure that the rotating brush inside the bottom part of your vacuum is cleaned before vacuuming. When there is something keeping the roller from going full speed or turning at all, it can cause the belt to burn or break. Vacuum belts are only a few dollars to replace but you’d be much better off without the hassle.
- Stains = Pains.EVERYONE hates stains. Try this for a quick home remedy:
Spray the spot with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. Then use a white cloth or paper towel to BLOT the spill. Be sure not to rub the spot. Rubbing can cause the spot to spread and it will also go deeper into the carpet. Note: Spills should be attended to immediately for best results. It’s also best to test any chemical or solution on a hidden spot of carpet before treating a stain because it could possibly cause discoloration.
- Baking soda works wonders.Baking soda has SO MANY uses. It can be used to clean dishes, clothes, appliances, shower curtains and a ton of other things. It’s also great for deodorizing. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpets, inside you vacuum bag or anywhere else you need a little extra freshness (like that trash can that sits in the corner). Note: Leave the baking soda on your carpet for about 30 minutes then vacuum.
- Rotate your furniture frequently.Keeping your furniture in one place for a long time will wear down your carpets a lot in those main traffic areas. If you switch it up every now and then, the previous traffic areas are no longer being walked on as much. This keeps your carpet wear even instead of it only being focused on one main area. It also keeps your friends and family surprised at your living room’s new look when they come over for dinner.
- Door mats, your first line of defense.Doormats prevent dirt and debris from getting into your home in the first place. It is best to use two; one outside the door and one inside the door. The best thing about door mats is they are not a high maintenance piece of equipment that will be a bother to your guests. They simply lay on the ground. They add a nice, decorative touch to your home, too!
- Scotchgard™. Call us today and ask about Scotchgard™ carpet protection. It helps keep your carpet’s built-in protective barrier from breaking down through regular cleaning. It also helps prevent spills from becoming stains and makes for easier clean-up. You won’t regret having Scotchgard™ applied to your carpet! Get it today for a great, low price!
Even with using all these tips, your carpet is still not as clean as it can be. It is recommended to have your carpets cleaned every six months; or every 4 months if your family suffers from allergies or if you have pets. Call ServiceMaster by Lovejoy for a free quote or schedule your appointment for a deep cleaning TODAY! We clean everything from air ducts to carpet, tile, hardwood and everything in between.
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