Vacuuming Your Carpets The RIGHT Way
I do not have to tell you how expensive it is to replace the carpet in your home. Not to mention the hassle of trying to find a place to move everything. This is why it is so important to maintain the carpeted floors in your house to avoid the hassle and expense of replacement.
Besides having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year the best thing you can do for your carpets is to vacuum regularly. The following tips will help you improve the way you vacuum your carpets.
If you are serious about protecting your carpets, and not just getting rid of visible materials on the surface, then you will want to invest in a good quality vacuum. You are probably going to spend at least $300-$500 on a good vacuum.
There are much more expensive vacuums on the market; however, the added expenses are not an indication of performance.
Most of the really expensive vacuums are merely marketed more aggressively by commissioned salespeople.
Things to look for in a good vacuum cleaner are a good beater bar, a HEPA filtration system, and good sturdy construction. A beater bar is essential for separating dirt and other particles from the carpet fiber. The HEPA filter will help contain 99.9% of the dirt and allergens picked up by the vacuum.
Cheaper vacuums are notorious for air leaks which can simply release dust and other particles into the air causing eye irritation and respiratory problems. Finally, it is fairly obvious if the vacuum is madecheaply.
Flimsy plastic pieces are likely to break when accidentally bumped into furniture and walls. Look for a vacuum that is sturdy and well-built.
Using a carpet rake can greatly improve the soil removal from your carpets. These rakes are usually used by professional carpet cleaners to work solutions into the carpet before cleaning and to groom the carpet afterwards.
Most homeowners do not consider using these rakes for their day to day cleaning. This can be a big mistake.
Carpet rakes are great for helping to loosen embedded soil before vacuuming. Traffic lanes especially can benefit from a few passes from a carpet rake before you vacuum.
These rakes are made of stiff nylon bristles which will not damage the carpet. Do not buy the absolute cheapest one you can find. They usually do not last and break quite easily. Look for a Grandi Groom which is preferred by most carpet cleaning professionals.
Vacuuming may seem pretty straightforward; however, there are some ways you can improve how you vacuum.
- You should vacuum all of the carpet and not just areas that may look a little soiled. When you are vacuuming act like you are painting a wall with a roller. You would not skip over any areas on the wall. Don’t skip any areas of the carpet.
- Vacuum in two directions to remove the most soil. Vacuum in one area, and then vacuum the area again at a 90° angle. This will allow the beater bar to come in contact with all four sides of the carpet fiber.
- Use those tools. It is a lot of work to hook up the crevice tools and vacuum around the edges of walls and under furniture; however, the longer you let dust and dirt accumulate in these areas the harder it is to remove. You do not have to get these areas every time you vacuum, but they should be tackled at least 1 to 2 times a month.
- Don’t wait to vacuum until it looks like it needs it. You should vacuum on a schedule to help maintain the longevity of your carpets. Try to vacuum at least 2 to 3 times a week.
- Keep a small vacuum around. Small vacuum cleaners are great for cleaning stairs and furniture when getting out the regular vacuum would be impractical.
Following these tips should help greatly increase the life of your carpet. Remember to follow these vacuuming tips because they are some of the most important things you can do for your carpet.
Also remember to try not to wear outdoor shoes in the house to avoid tracking in soil which can damage the fibers. Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year and you should enjoy an above average lifespan for your carpet and floors.