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The carpet in your home is an investment and, like most investments, you want to make sure it stays in great shape. Cleaning, or even up keeping your carpet can seem like a daunting task to most, but if you follow a few simple tips, you can prolong the life of your investment, and keep it looking great!

Vacuuming is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of carpet upkeep. This should be done, at the very least, once a week. Remember, if you have pets, kids, or even high traffic in your home, it should be done more often then this. Vacuuming on a regular basis prevents the build-up of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers and leave your carpet looking old and discolored. When vacuuming plush carpet, make sure to go over each section several times slowly, to remove ground in soil and dust. In heavy traffic areas, vacuum with a criss-cross pattern of overlapping strokes. Doing this will allow the vacuum to lift the carpet fibers upright, and remove soil.

Vacuuming is a large part of good carpet upkeep, but correctly cleaning spills and stains is an integral part of reducing carpet discoloration, and wear. When removing spills or stains, always blot the stain, never scrub, or you risk pushing the spill into the carpet pad, or causing the fibers to mat. Spills and stains must be removed with a white cloth or towel. The dye from colored fabric can bleed into the carpet making the stain worse. Also, using a white towel will allow you to gauge when the stain stops pulling away. The best spot cleaning solution is a small amount of clear dishwashing liquid whisked in warm water. With your white towel or fabric, pick up the suds of your cleaning solution and, as I mentioned before, gently blot the spill or stain. Continue this step until you see the stain has been removed. Once this has been done, rinse the spot by blotting warm water into it making sure not to saturate the carpet. Never use commercial carpet spot removers as many of them can remove the protective coatings, or break down the dyes found on most carpets.

Even if you don’t have any spills, pets, or heavy traffic and you feel as though your carpet is as clean as the day you bought it, you should still have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. This allows us to restore the Ph of your carpet back to a neutral status, as well as sanitize and deodorize your carpet, keeping it smelling and looking brand new!

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