Now here’s the surprising bit of advice. If you want to extend the life of your carpet, it is important to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. According to Carter, most carpet manufacturers recommend the steam cleaning method. This penetrates deep into the fibers and lifts out the dirt and the many pollutants we track in on our shoes. Also, it removes most of the moisture, so carpets dry fast. (Always check with your carpet manufacturer before cleaning.)
Sure as the sun rises, there will be times when your carpet needs an emergency cleaning. For larger messes, a DIY steam cleaner works but, cautions Carter, do not use the cleaning solution that comes with the steam cleaner. This leaves behind a soapy residue that will attract dirt. Instead, use water and, if you need a boost, a drop of blue Dawn dish detergent or a bit of white vinegar. Carter also advises that you take care not to apply too much water when using a DIY steam cleaner. Water left in the carpet can cause mildew and odor.
If one of those “emergency” cleanings is due to muddy footprints, Carter offers a time-saving tip. Allow mud to dry first, scrape dried mud off the carpet, then vacuum. Clean remaining stain with steam cleaner or with the water/drop of Dawn solution and a cloth. Blot dry. More tips? Call Choice Care Carpet Care Hinesville 912-368-7337 or Savannah Ga. 912-354-3067. 😉