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3 Ways To Maintain Carpeting

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Carpeting can provide a warmer and softer flooring solution for your home than other types of flooring materials, and comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles, allowing for an even greater degree of customization based on your flooring needs and wants. However, a major downside of carpeting is that its soft surface makes it extremely susceptible to dirt accumulation, staining, smells, and other forms of damage. To prevent such damage from occurring and marring the surface of your floors, there are a few basic maintenance tasks that you should regularly perform on your carpeting.

Vacuuming and Steaming

The best way to clean the soft surface of your carpeting is with a vacuum cleaner (with an attachment designed for use on carpeting and fabrics), which you should do fairly regularly to prevent the build-up of dirt and other debris which can cause damage to the fibers of the carpet. For deeper cleans, including stain removal, odor removal, and to help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, you may want to consider steam cleaning your carpet with a carpet shampoo or detergent: this will penetrate deeper into the fibers and ensure a more holistic cleaning.

Air Filters

Though not a task that will clean your carpet, it's a good idea to make sure that your HVAC system's air filters are changed regularly, and to consider installing a portable air filtration system in the rooms of your home that are carpeted. Such filters will help remove dust, pet dander, and other airborne debris and allergens and prevent them from settling into your carpet, which can help reduce the amount of effort that you will have to go to in order to remove smells and clean your carpet in the future.

Food Stains

Any sort of food or other material that falls onto your carpet can stain the surface. To reduce the risk of the stain from setting in as much as possible, you should immediately remove as much of the offending material as possible. However, don't rub it into the carpet, as this can cause the material to get stuck in. Instead, use a spoon or a knife to scrape it off of the surface of the carpet as carefully as possible. Blot up any liquid with paper towels – but avoid rubbing, which can damage your carpet and work the stain in. Then, you can either apply a commercial cleaner to remove any remaining stain from the fibers or make use of vinegar and baking soda or another homemade cleaning remedy to restore the appearance of your carpet.

Contact a company like Bravo Cleaning & Restoration for more information and assistance.