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post #1 of Old 04-27-2011, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Carpet-Cleaning Tips

Vacuuming is where most people start when maintaining their carpeting. That, then, is where we'll start this article on carpet-cleaning tips. But it isn't where the article will end. We'll present all sorts of guidelines for cleaning, removing stains, and dealing with various other problems.


For now, though, we'll get to the basics:
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Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.

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To vacuum wall-to-wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next.

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Take your time when you vacuum a carpet, especially a plush carpet in which dirt is sure to be deeply embedded. One pass with a high-powered upright is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times, and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.

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Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.

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Soil retardants can be applied to new carpets or to newly cleaned carpets. Follow manufacturers' advice. Apply soil retardants only with professional equipment using the recommended application techniques.

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Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.

Odors are one thing -- spots and spills are quite another. Spots and spills happen to just about every carpet and can be difficult to remove. In the next section, we'll offer some pointers for getting rid of those blemishes.
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post #2 of Old 05-02-2011, 12:18 PM
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Easy Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Ensuring the longevity of your carpet requires work over time. Taking simple steps on a regular basis will ensure that your carpets look beautiful for years to come. Some easy green carpet cleaning tips? Put a mat outside your front door, ask all guests to take their shoes off, and replace your air filters often. They may seem like mindless carpet cleaning solutions, but they really help!
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Vacuuming is where most people start when maintaining their carpeting. That, then, is where we'll start this article on carpet-cleaning tips. But it isn't where the article will end. We'll present all sorts of guidelines for cleaning, removing stains, and dealing with various other problems.


For now, though, we'll get to the basics:
1:
Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.

2:
To vacuum wall-to-wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next.

3:
Take your time when you vacuum a carpet, especially a plush carpet in which dirt is sure to be deeply embedded. One pass with a high-powered upright is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times, and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.

4:
Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.

5:
Soil retardants can be applied to new carpets or to newly cleaned carpets. Follow manufacturers' advice. Apply soil retardants only with professional equipment using the recommended application techniques.

6:
Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.

Odors are one thing -- spots and spills are quite another. Spots and spills happen to just about every carpet and can be difficult to remove. In the next section, we'll offer some pointers for getting rid of those blemishes.
Source: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/ca...ning-tips.html
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post #4 of Old 05-09-2011, 01:55 AM
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These tips are very useful! Vacuuming is an essential part of carpet cleaning. To tell you the truth, I think that vacuuming once a week is not enough. The carpet should be cleaned two or three times a week, especially if you walk around your house with your shoes.
Something else that you haven't mentioned is that the carpet should be taken to a professional cleaning company at least once or twice a year. No matter how often you vacuum, there are always small dirt particles which are stuck into the carpet's fibres and cannot be removed with a regular vacuum cleaner. Not to mention all the stains, which damage the fibres a lot and change the colour of the carpet.

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Baking Soda in Bag

That is a great idea. But, is there anything that can be done like that in bagless vacuums? I have the types with the plastic cannisters.
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In the long run, vacuuming alone will not help a perfect carpet cleaning. You will need to give it a specialized treatment at least once a year, like steaming or hot water extraction.
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Carpeting can be a costly investment for your home, so taking extra measures to clean and care for it will help protect your investment. Proper care will prevent damage, extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking new. Thanks for the valuable information. Nice post.
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There are several advanced carpet cleaning methods that do not need water. A proven way is to place down an absorbent powder that draws the dirt and grime into the small particles. Then the powder is vacuumed together with the dirt and grime. Based on the condition of the carpet, this might be a good way to get it clean.
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Can't go wrong with Vacuuming, although use of "Carpet Fresh" type powders can be problematic. I cleaned a home last week that apparently thought you dump a case of carpet fresh on the carpet and leave it there. Smells great. My pre vacuum of the carpet pulled up at least 3 pounds of carpet fresh type powder.

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Aside from all the great tips, Vacuum correctly helps. I bet if you ask the homeowner how to vacuum their carpet, 95% would give the wrong answer. The faster forward stroke postitions vacuum with some agitation, but the slower return stroke actually pulls up the dirt particles.

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There are several advanced carpet cleaning methods that do not need water. A proven way is to place down an absorbent powder that draws the dirt and grime into the small particles. Then the powder is vacuumed together with the dirt and grime. Based on the condition of the carpet, this might be a good way to get it clean.
I've been in the carpet cleaning business for over 20 years. I have employed many different methods of cleaning, depending on what was being cleaned. We clean 95% of residential carpets, using Hot water extraction, with a truck mount system. We will use a low moisture alternative on some fine wool carpets or if the customer needs the carpet dry in a hour.

I'm not a fan of the absorbent compounds like capture because.

1. It doesn't sanitarily clean like hot water will

2. You can't recover all of the compound. This compound will settle in the backing of the carpet. After a few cleanings, this compound will build up and actually cause friction to the base of the fibers. These compounds also absorb moisture and can promote bacteria growth, which will make your carpet less sanitary.

3. I can buy the equipment for the compound method for less than $2000. Our truck mount systems are over $30,000

4. We get call to re-clean many jobs, done by companies that use that method.
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Here are some more carpet cleaning tips:

1. Vacuum your carpets once in a week
2. Take off your shoes when you are in home
3. Clean stains immediately
4. Don't use heat for cleaning stains
5. Call in professionals for best services
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