Do you know how to properly clean your carpet? If you’re like most homeowners, odds are you probably believe that vacuuming every few weeks or so and then steam-cleaning your carpet every few years to really get the deeply-embedded dirt and dust out is the most effective way to go. However, what you may not realize is that just because you have a vacuum cleaner doesn’t mean you’re actually caring for your carpet properly. Here are a few tips you can follow in order to keep the carpet in your home clean with your vacuum without risking damaging it or missing dirt and dust that can continue to leave your floors dirty.
Choose the Right Vacuum
Believe it or not, not all vacuums are created alike. Two vacuums may be priced identically, but they could have completely different sets of features designed to make them particularly good at different jobs. Certain vacuums are designed to handle lower-grain carpets, wood or tile floors, and linoleum or synthetics with ease and even eliminate some mopping, whereas others are designed to penetrate deep into carpet fibers in order to clean out dirt and dust that has become embedded. Trying to use the wrong kind of vacuum for your floors can lead to not only ineffective cleaning, but possible damage to your floors as well, especially if you have varnished hardwood floors or loop-style carpets that can easily become caught in most spinning agitator brushes.
Use the Right Technique
Before you begin to vacuum your carpet, walk through the area you’re going to clean and look for things that are too big to be vacuumed up, such as small toys, coins, paper clips, etc. These objects could get caught in your vacuum and cause it to jam up and possibly break, so you don’t want to run them over.
Once you’ve cleared the area of larger obstacles, start with the farthest-away end of your floor and begin working your way back to the entrance, or wherever your vacuum is plugged in so you can avoid having to run your vacuum over an area that you just cleaned and risk dropping dust on it. Pass back and forth slowly over every inch of your carpet. Take your time: going to quickly means you’ll probably miss dust that might be buried down in the grains and need a little extra effort to remove.
If you really want to go for a deep clean, reverse your direction go over your floor once again. For example, if you went from left-to-right across the room, this time go from top-to-bottom. Changing the grain of your vacuuming can help loosen dirt that may have otherwise remained stuck after your first cleaning pass.
Want to know the truly easiest and most-secret way to make sure your carpet stays clean when vacuuming? Well, it’s not nearly as much about how you vacuum as it is how often. If you have a high level of traffic in your home, have pets, or struggle with allergies, you should be vacuuming once every week to two weeks, and at least once a week if your home’s floors are primarily carpet. Hardwood, laminate, or synthetic floors are all much easier to take care of, but still need to be regularly and periodically cleaned to remove allergens that could find their way back into your air. The more often you vacuum, the cleaner your carpet will remain, and the better your overall at-home health will be.
At Elite Cleaning Services, LLC, our team of Manassas and DC cleaning professionals can provide you with high-quality and thorough vacuuming services that keep your home clean and your carpets fresh and soft. Find out more about our regular cleaning contract services or even our one-time deep-cleaning options by calling (888) 627-1497 today!
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