The importance of a good vacuum.
Our phones are busy almost every day with questions about carpet cleaning. How do I remove red wine stains? What’s the best way to clean my sofa? How should I clean up a pet stain, and many, many others? However, the most frequently asked question I receive is about how to maintain and extend the life of the carpet. Flooring is one of the single biggest investments in your home so keeping your carpet clean and looking good is always important.
The best way to extend the life of your carpet, to keep it clean and looking its best is to vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.
We carry in a lot of different chemicals and debris in our clothes and on our shoes when we come into the house. Nicotine, pesticides, fertilizers, sand, dirt, hair, you name it. Your pets bring in all kinds of things and deposit them on the carpet and all these things will impact the environment in your house as well as wear out your carpet. Sand is one of the major problems we encounter in carpets here in Edmonton, especially during the winter because the roads are covered in the stuff for half the year. Sand is sharp edged and will cut carpet fibers when stepped on or ground into the carpet. The best way to prevent damage is to remove the sand. How do you do that? Just vacuum the carpet. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well it is and it isn’t. Vacuuming is a simple task, but it can be time consuming.
We recommend vacuuming your carpet at least once a week to remove all of the dirt, dust and debris. That can be time consuming and with all the chores, appointments, hockey games etc. you don’t always have the time for a weekly cleaning. Whether you clean once or twice a week or once every two weeks, your best tool is a good, dependable vacuum cleaner. Most professional carpet cleaners use vacuums that are much stronger than conventional vacuum cleaners, and they can cost quite a bit of money. However there are a number of brands on the market that work very well and you should take a little time to ensure you find one that you are happy with, one that works well and is within your price range. I personally recommend purchasing either a Miele, or a Dyson vacuum. Both are high quality, well made and dependable and replacement bags are easy to find. They may cost a bit more than some other machines, but I find that they are worth the price. I have a Miele at home that is close to ten years old and it still works well. No matter which machine you choose, ensure that it has a Hepa filter. A Hepa filter will help remove much smaller dust, pollen etc. than a regular filter, the better the filter the better the clean. Not all filters are created equal, so if allergies or other breathing problems are an issue, look for a filter that removes the smallest particles possible.
One area many people neglect is the stairs. Do not forget the stairs. Stairs get worn out more than any other area of carpet in the home. Each person may take a different route to navigate through a room, but we will all step in the same place on stairs. Simply vacuuming the stairs every time you do the carpet will help keep them clean and looking better. The same is true for upholstery, vacuuming will help keep it looking better and help prevent wear and tear on the fabrics.
Constant upkeep of the carpet by vacuuming regularly will help maintain the health of the carpet, help keep the environment in the home healthier, and will keep the carpet looking better longer. As well there is the added bonus of not having to call a professional carpet cleaner in as often.
Thanks for listening.