Just Floored: Caring for Your Carpets

Spring cleaning is upon us, even with all this rain, so it is time to clean your carpets, open the windows and let the fresh air in.{{more}} I have been asked numerous times on how to care of carpeting.

No carpet is stain proof. However, carpets treated to be stain resistant give you time to respond to a spill. Remember, with spot and stain removal, speed is of the essence. After a stain or spill occurs, immediately scoop up any solids and blot liquids as quickly as possible. Absorb as much liquid as possible with a paper towel, etc., replacing the towel as it becomes saturated.

Never use a scrubbing motion — blot instead to prevent the carpet surface from fuzzing. No matter what method of cleaning you use, there is one universal recommendation: clean your carpet before it becomes too unsightly. The cleaning chore will be easier and more successful.

There are several cleaning methods that produce satisfactory results, but each has limitations that should be considered. Here’s a handy reference to help you decide which cleaning method is right for you and your carpet:

Dry Foam and

Absorbent Pad

Fluffy detergent foam is worked into the pile by a variety of machines. Once dry, the residue is vacuumed out. This method uses little water, dries fast, and cleans the surface well. Limitation: Over-brushing can damage some carpets.

Dry Powder

Absorbent particles are worked into the pile with a machine and removed by vacuum. This method uses no water, little skill is required, and the carpet is ready for use immediately. This is a professional or do-it-yourself method. Limitations: It can be difficult to remove all the cleaning residue from deep pile. This method also is not that effective for heavily soiled or matted areas.

Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction)

Extraction of the cleaning solution and soil leaves little residue and no pile damage. This is recommended for all carpet types, this method is most effective when performed by a professional using an external hot water extraction unit. Limitations: Avoid using too much detergent. Follow up with plain water, but caution is required to prevent over-wetting. I hope this helps with your Spring Cleaning Adventure.

Annamarie Amore is the owner of the Amore Interior Design Center. She can be reached at amoreinteriors@yahoo.com.