Carpet Care Carpeting adds warmth, visual appeal, color, and texture to home décor. Quality carpeting, with proper care, will last for decades. Always follow the manufacturers suggested methods for the care and cleaning of your home’s carpeting. Use An Entrance Mat In many cultures, it is customary to remove one’s shoes before entering the home. If this is not a practice followed in your home, you can prevent a lot of grease, oil, and soil from being tracked in if you have an entrance mat outside your front door and encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet well before entering. Vacuum Frequently Sand and grit can cut carpet fibers. Prevent a traffic wear pattern in your carpet by frequently vacuuming to remove dirt, dust, and debris before they are ground into the carpet. Vacuuming also removes dust and dander that can cause allergies. Stains And Spills No matter how careful you are, sooner or later you will drop something on your carpet that could cause a stain. The best way to prevent a stain, other than not spilling something in the first place, is to immediately blot up the offending liquid with absorbent paper towels. Use a light blotting motion only, being careful not to scrub or rub the stain into the fabric. To do so may damage the fibers of the carpet and cause the stain to penetrate deeply into the carpet and through to the pad. After you have blotted up as much of the spilled liquid as you can with a paper towel, cover the spot with several layers of clean cotton toweling and place a weight on the spot to encourage the towel to soak up any remaining moisture. If you discover your pet has had an accident that soaked into the carpet before you could blot up liquids, try blotting with a paper towel and then heavily sprinkle baking soda on the spot. The soda will soak up liquid trapped in the carpet fibers, and the baking soda is easily removed by vacuuming. The baking soda also helps remove offensive pet odors. Avoid Chemical Carpet Cleaning Products Today, diverse arrays of types of fiber are employed in the manufacture of household carpeting. Many manmade carpet fabrics are designed to clean easily, resist stains and stand up to high traffic and the activities of families with small children and pets. Stain and soil resistant carpets will stay clean, fresh and beautiful with a twice-a-year professional steam cleaning. Avoid using chemical laden cleaning products that can lock in the stain, damage carpet fibers or remove color. Choose A Reputable Professional Carpet Cleaning Company Carpeting represents a substantial investment in your home’s décor. Do not entrust their care to anyone less than a licensed and bonded professional carpet cleaning service. While it may be tempting to respond to cut rate advertisements, you do not want to provide access to your home to anyone but an experienced and established professional that has the equipment and knowledge to clean your carpeting correctly.