How to Care for Your Carpet…
When it comes to your carpet a critical area of focus are high traffic areas. If ground in soil is not removed based on the above recommendations, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. Dirt is extremely abrasive against carpet fibers creating friction as you walk back and forth.
Another area of importance is spot removal. You must react to “DANGER” spots immediately. These spots include red wine, red and other colored beverages, urine, blood, ect., and will create a permanent stain if not treated immediately.
Carpet maintenance tips:
Vacuum your carpet often (see above chart). Depending on your carpet traffic pattern we recommend vacuuming at least once a week. Vacuuming removes abrasive soil that can cut and slice carpet fibers causing premature wear.
Most dirt isn’t visible to the eye so vacuuming before it becomes visible help keep your carpets soil-free. Remove any loose particles such as food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, ect., since these items can cause spot stains to appear.
Having your carpets cleaned by Masterkleen’s (IICRC) certified technicians should occur once a year. Depending on your household traffic patterns having a yearly carpet maintenance plan could make sense. Homes with extremely heavy traffic areas should schedule quarterly professional cleaning. Having your carpets professionally cleaned byMasterkleen will not leave a stick residue behind and can be done as many times per year as needed.
Many stain resistant warranties require professional cleaning every 2 years. Masterkleen professional cleaning removes the damaging soil in traffic areas vacuuming alone can not remove.
WARNING: Uninformed or non-certified carpet cleaners may void your warranty!
Stain resistant warranties can vary from 5 – 25 years. All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.
The best way to ensure long-lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.
When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:
- Adjustable Height – Use the highest setting where appropriate
- Efficient Airflow – Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction
- Large Wheels – Allow your vacuum to glide easily across the carpet
Consider Masterkleen professional cleaning services at a minimum of once a year, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet color is light or dark.
Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags; do not pull them or you may damage your carpet. When in doubt give Masterkleen a call to see how we can professionally assist.
Remove dents caused by heavy furniture by stroking the carpet with the edges of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET.
If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement. We repair damaged carpet. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.
If flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.
Tips for Removing Common Stains
Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care must also be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. The best way to effectively remove stains is to use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Use the attachment with the best suction and vacuum as much of the stain as possible, continuing to add water to the stain as you go. Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery. The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove. For best results contactMasterkleen.
Common Stain Removal Tips
Wine, Beer, Coffee, and Tea Stain Removal tips.
Blot and neutralize with white vinegar solution, then work a small amount of detergent solution in the the spot (1/4 detergent per 1 qt. of water). Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply paper towels and weigh them down, allowing the spot to dry.
Blood, Catsup, Cheese, Chocolate, Cola, Cough Syrup, Mixed Drinks, Soy sauce, starch, Toothpaste, White Glue Stain Removal Tips.
First, note that all solutions for removing blood must be cool in temperature. Blot and neutralize the spot with an ammonia solution, using a spray bottle to saturate the spot. Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture. Apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down and allow to dry.
Mud and dirt Stain Removal Tips.
Allow mud to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum. For dirt, apply a small amount of a detergent solution to the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water, and then blot to remove excess moisture.