1. Reduce soil accumulation
Use wipe-off mats at all entrances to keep outside soil from being tracked onto the carpet You may want to relocate furniture periodically to allow for an even distribution of traffic and wear on the carpet Mats and runners will reduce wear in heavy traffic areas. If your carpet is not wall to wall, rotate it occasionally to reduce wear.
2. Vacuum regularly
Whoever said: “The three best ways to clean a carpet are Vacuum. Vacuum. Vacuum.” – was a carpet expert
Most soil, even dust, is in the form of hard particles. When left in the carpet, these gritty, sharp-edged particles abrade the pile as effectively as sandpaper. Regular and thorough vacuuming will remove them.
How frequently should you vacuum?
That depends on the amount of traffic and soiling to which your carpet is exposed. If you have “average” conditions, use Guide B … and make adjustments to meet your own needs.
Guide A (Light traffic areas) Vacuum twice weekly in traffic lanes. Vacuum the entire area once each week.
Guide B (Medium to heavy traffic areas) Vacuum traffic lanes at least once daily. Vacuum the entire area twice weekly.
Up to three passes of the machine is considered light cleaning; five to seven may be necessary for heavy cleaning.
A vacuum cleaner or attachment with a rotating brush or “beater bar” to agitate the pile is more effective than one that relies on suction only. Be sure to pay attention to the correct pile-height adjustment for your carpet
3. Remove spills Immediately
Anything spilled on carpet should be cleaned up promptly. Almost all spilled materials will stain or discolor the carpet or increase soiling if left unattended.
Steps to remove spills:
- Blot with a clean white cloth or clean white paper towel or scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Don’t scrub.
- Find spill in Stain Removal Chart I and follow procedure.
- Apply all cleaning solutions sparingly. Do not get the carpet backing wet Use a clean white cloth or apply directly to spot as directed in the Removal Procedure.
- Blot from outer edge’ of spill inward, toward center, to keep the spill from spreading.
- Blot up cleaning solution.
- Rinse sparingly with clear water on a damp sponge.
- Blot thoroughly to remove cleaning solution. Rinse with water again if carpet feels sticky or soapy.
- Finish blotting by placing 1/2″ thick pad of clean white towel or white cloth over the spot Press with a heavy weight for 2 hours or overnight Get up all the moisture to prevent re-soiling and bacteria growth.