Keeping carpets clean in a home full of kids, pets and the occasional party can seem pretty challenging. While you enjoy the soft surfaces for your young ones and the reduction of sound reverberation, let's face it, carpets continuously take on dirt and stains. Regular vacuuming helps retain the original beauty of your rugs, but once in a while, they need shampooing for a deep, more lasting clean. Considering how disruptive a cleaning operation can be, you may be tempted to put it off for a long time. But the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, so you should shampoo them at least once per year. Here's why.
Benefits of Steam Cleaning Your Carpet
Although regular vacuuming lifts surface dirt, home vacuums simply can't loosen and remove pollutants that sink deep into the fibers. Dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander and food particles end up at the bottom of the carpet pile where they can fester and find their way back into the atmosphere as your family walks over the rug.
A professional cleaning from a truck-mounted shampooing machine can get far deeper into the pile. Hot water, forced deep into the rugs, loosens the foreign contaminants. Then, the powerful suction extracts both dirt and excess water. The result is an area that regains its original color, or very close to it.
Because a build-up of dirt grinds into the fibers and abrades them, shampooing at least once per year will help your carpets last longer. Cleaning your carpets annually is ideal, but sometimes a major spill or the areas that sustain a lot of foot traffic need cleaning more often. For spills, blot as much of the liquid as possible then treat the area with hydrogen peroxide. Don't wait for your yearly event, call a pro right away. If too much time passes, the stain may set in until it becomes a permanent design in your rug.
For the smaller mishaps such as drips or pet stains, it's a good idea to keep a home shampooer on hand or rent one as needed. While these machines allow you to attack a stain before it can dry into the fibers, you probably wouldn't want to try to clean a whole house with them. Some expensive portable machines work very well, but they cost a lot and can't really extract water like a truck-mounted shampooer.
Start with Thorough Vacuuming
Whether you plan to shampoo your rugs yourself or hire the pros, start with a thorough vacuuming. Some pros include this service, but you can save money by taking care of it yourself. Be sure to move very slowly to really pick up as much dirt as possible before shampooing. If your vacuum cleaner seems inadequate or has seen better days, visit us at Dupage Vacuum. We offer a complete line of vacuum cleaners, one for every need and budget. Also, we rent shampooers. Don't let those stains set in. Call us today!