5 Easy Steps that you can follow to protect your carpeting investment.
Check my Warranty.
Most of the carpet retailers have Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase. Stain resist warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. ALL STAIN RESIST WARRANTIES REQUIRE REGULAR PROFESSIONAL CLEANING AND IMMEDIATE SPOT REMOVAL.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum!
It is said that the three most important rules for maintaining carpet are vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum your carpet often more often than what I’m sure you are doing it. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp and dry soil that cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. This dry soil works like sandpaper on your carpet. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet.
Have my Carpet Professionally Cleaned by and IICRC certified company
Professional carpet cleaning by a professional, certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to DuPont and major carpet manufacturers. Heavy traffic areas may need it more often. If you have children that spend a lot of time at home and pets, you may need the service sooner. Manufacturers warranties require professional cleaning at least every 18 24 months to retain texture retention warranties.
Rule of thumb: Clean your carpet before it looks visibly soiled.
Remove Spots Immediately
Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily. Always use a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner! Many “over the counter” spotters leave too much soap residue that leaves a sticky residue behind that will make your spots return! Make sure if you use one of those to rinse with clean water after you are done. Don’t forget when an accident have you are dealing with a spot but if you use all kind of chemicals this spot will become a stain and stains are very hard and some time impossible to remove. Be careful with inexpensive cleaners.
Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied
The soil resistor that is built into stain resistant nylon or polyester carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners. To keep your carpet clean longer, have your protector reapplied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned protector. Protector stops spots becoming stains because the protector seals the fiber and it doesn’t allow the soil or liquid solution bond into the fibers. It is worth to spend a little bit more and prevent future damage.