Catherine Carpet June 30th, 2018 - 09:53:25
In spite of these advancements carpet for a household can represent a significant investment. If you are planning to stay in your home for years to come having carpet installed that will be durable and stand up to years of use in an important consideration. To achieve that there are some steps to take that will ensure you get the best value for your investment. Here are some factors to consider. Padding: Keeping carpet looking its best for many years begins even before you look at the first carpet sample. It all begins with the carpet padding. When it comes to carpet padding it may be tempting to go with the least expensive option since its one of those "out-of-sight out-of-mind" materials.
When it comes to vacuuming invest in a good quality vacuum cleaner. In the long run it will save you money on two fronts: your carpets will last longer and you will get more years use from your vacuum. A good vacuum cleaner also removes more dust and allergens from carpeting and keeps the air cleaner as well. To maximize the life of your carpeting you should have it professionally cleaned once or twice a year. Vacuuming alone cant provide the required deep cleaning your carpeting needs. Of course its important to clean spills as soon as possible but over time they will leave their mark. Even home carpet shampoo machines have limitations. Its common for do-it-yourselfers to not get cleaning agents completely rinsed and removed. That residual detergent leaves a bit of a film on carpet that actually attracts dirt resulting in carpets being soiled and stained sooner.
Removing the damaged carpet: Start by using a straight edge and a row finder. An ice pick or a Phillips screwdriver can be used instead of a row finder. Place the straight edge on the carpet with the groove side down. Use the row finder to separate the nap. Do this by dragging the point of the row finder across the carpet up and down and against the edge of the straight edge. Use a slotted blade knife with a fresh blade. You can use a slotted blade knife (butted up against the straight edge to cut through the carpet without cutting through too much of the nap if you used the row finder properly. The more nap you cut off the worse the carpet patch will look.
You should start by retreating any areas that you think will be a problem. Coffee or juice spills heavy traffic areas or pet mess areas are all potential areas for pretreatment. One thing to note about pet messes; there are many good enzyme based cleaners that can be purchased at your local pet store that are great to clean pet messes. This usually involves cleaning the area several days or even weeks ahead of time to allow the enzyme formula to work. This schedule should be planned around the date you need to clean the carpet by. If you really think some areas may be a problem a little scrubbing with the brush to help release some stains would not hurt.