For now, though, we’ll get to the basics:
Carpets should 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 to clean around baseboards and radiators, as well as other hard-to-reach places.
- To vacuum wall–to–wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving onto the next.
- Take your time when vacuuming 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
- Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic using a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.
- Soil retardants can be applied to new or newly cleaned carpets. It is advised to follow the manufacturer‘s instructions and only apply soil retardants with professional equipment using the recommended application techniques. Additionally, adding baking soda to the bag in your vacuum can help fight odors.
- Odors are one thing, but spots and spills are quite another. Spots and spills happen to almost every carpet and can be difficult to remove. In the next section, we will offer some pointers for getting rid of those blemishes.