Importance of Carpet Care

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Importance of Carpet Care

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably spent a good bit of time and money on your floorcoverings, especially your carpet. Things like color options, pile depth, durability, softness, and beauty are all things that you probably took into consideration. Properly caring for your carpet will increase its life expectancy and appearance- which protects your investment. Depending on foot traffic, you need to make sure that your carpet is professionally cleaned at least once or twice annually. In addition, vacuuming regularly will help keep your carpet in good condition.

If you are located in or near Greenville, Pickens County, Anderson, or Oconee, contact the carpet cleaning professionals at Steam Master Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc. We have the knowledge and expertise to clean your carpets and make them look new all over again!

In this article, we’ll explain the importance of proper carpet care.

Why is Carpet Care so Important?

There are several reasons that carpet care is so important:

Proper carpet care maximizes life expectancy and protects your warranty

If you’re looking for a cost-effective floor covering, new carpet should be your go-to. Still, it is a major investment. In addition to the initial cost, experts estimate that you will spend 50% to 70% of the total cost in maintenance expenses.

However, it’s better to keep an existing carpet as long a possible than to replace it because the longer it lasts, the less it will cost you. The key to protecting your investment and extending the life expectancy of your carpet is proper maintenance.

Today’s carpets are much more advanced than older ones. They are made with state-of-the-art drying techniques, durable fibers, and advanced tufting/backing systems. This means that the life expectancy of properly maintained carpets are the same or better than hard flooring.

Proper carpet care should follow the manufacturer guidelines

Most of the manufacturers have very specific maintenance recommendations that outline the methods, materials, and equipment that should be used for both routine and heavy-duty cleaning. If these recommendations are not followed, the warranty may be voided.

Therefore, in order to protect your investment, it’s important to carefully follow these recommendations, whether you are cleaning your carpets yourself or you have hired a professional to do it for you.

Proper carpet care also clears the air

Proper carpet care removes allergens, debris, and other microscopic particles from the carpet fibers and backing, improving the air quality. The cleaner your carpet, the cleaner your air will be- which means you’ll enjoy a clean, healthy indoor environment.

Carpet cleaning equipment must be in good working order and used by trained professionals to ensure that the allergens, debris, and microscopic particles that are removed from the floors are not released into the air and the HVAC system.

How to Care for Carpets

A good maintenance plan will keep your carpets looking fresh and new. Even older carpets can be vibrant again thanks to the newer maintenance techniques that are available now. Of course, it’s important to note that the older carpets are, the more maintenance will be required to restore them to their previous beauty. Either way, a good maintenance plan will substantially improve the appearance and life expectancy of your carpets. We can help you build a plan that works for your carpets.

Below are a few tips to care for your carpets:

Prevent

Place mats at all outdoor entrances, in elevators and vestibules, to trap dirt and debris before it can get to the other areas. The more dirt and debris you eliminate before it gets into the carpets, the easier and less expensive it will be to clean them. The mats need to be large enough for several footsteps. Choose colors that are appropriate for the traffic in the area as well as the soil conditions. Also, chair mats will keep casters from grinding into the carpet, breaking down fibers.

Surface Cleaning

The basis for every carpet maintenance plan should be regularly vacuuming and spot prevention. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, vacuuming removes 80%+ of dry dirt and debris daily. In addition, when spills occur, it’s important to clean them up before they can set in and stain the carpet.

Restorative/Deep Cleaning

In order to remove embedded dirt, debris, etc, you must periodically use hot water extraction or whatever your carpet manufacturer recommends.

Call in the Professionals

While it’s true that you can vacuum and blot spills up yourself, it is very important to call in a professional carpet cleaning company from time to time. If you are located in or near Greenville, Pickens County, Anderson, or Oconee, call Steam Master Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc. We can get your carpets clean and looking like new again, no matter how old they are! We are experts in our industry and look forward to serving you!