This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised just what a difference it makes to vacuum carpets two times a week, or three times in areas that receive a lot of foot traffic. By picking up pet hair, dirt, and food particles, you prevent them being trodden deeper into the carpet, where they can become long-term residents and begin to promote mould growth.
Take your shoes off.
In New Zealand, unlike in many countries, there’s no real taboo about wearing shoes inside. It’s up to the whims of individual families. If you’re serious about caring for your carpet, try being one of those families! Shoes wear away softer carpets, and inevitably introduce dirt and who-knows-what-else into the room.
Use baking soda to remove nasty smells.
It’s one thing to clean something like cat pee, which can generally be done with water alone. It’s quite another to remove the smell, which can linger for weeks. Baking soda absorbs strong smells, so by sprinkling it over the problem area and then vacuuming, you’ll get your carpet smelling… cat-free again.
Get a professional clean twice a year.
Even the most cared-for carpets will eventually need a professional clean. As months pass, a small proportion of the dirt and detritus that falls on your carpet will take up permanent residence. Gradually, the carpet’s condition – and even more importantly, its hygiene – will decline. That’s when you need to do a “deep clean” with professional carpet cleaning equipment. This process gets rid of the most stubborn stains, and any residual dirt that your vacuum cleaner wasn’t able to remedy.
The best carpet cleaners will be able to provide you with an assessment and quote before they charge you anything. There are a few cowboys in the industry, so it’s best to be on the lookout.
For a no-nonsense assessment and a careful, comprehensive clean, give EP Services a call today. We serve everywhere in the Auckland region.