Maintenance & Preservation
Green Carpet Cleaning Tips From Excellent Carpet Cleaning
Here at Excellent Carpet Cleaning, we believe in more than just cleaning carpets. We believe in cleaning carpets while avoiding the use of solvents that can harm the environment or your health. There are plenty of ways to keep your carpets looking clean without relying on commercial spot removers. Here are several tips that can help you protect and clean your carpet in an environmentally-friendly manner.
- Use doormats. Having a mat on the floor right outside and/or inside any entrances to your house can help catch dirt and other messes before they get on your carpet.
- Vinegar is very good at cleaning. Whether mixed into a solution with water or used on its own, vinegar is surprisingly good at dealing with a variety of carpet stains. A 1:2 mixture of vinegar and water can clean up stains like red wine, coffee or tea, and ketchup.
- Take off your shoes. It’s your home, and you don’t have to wear shoes in there if you want to. Ask your guests to take off their shoes before they come into the house so they don’t track in dirt. This also saves wear and tear on the carpet since the hard plastic of your shoes won’t be rubbing against the carpet.
- Change your AC/heater’s air filter. Make sure that the air filter used by your AC and/or heater is in good working condition. If it isn’t, get a replacement as suggested by the manufacturer’s directions. A good air filter can remove dust and other particles from the air, preventing them from accumulating on the carpet.
- Blot, don’t rub. When you’re cleaning a stain, you want to dab it with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towel, or sponge. By blotting it, you put pressure on the stain so it gets soaked up. Rubbing stains grounds it into the carpet fibers, weakening them. You always want to blot from the outside in to prevent the stain from spreading.
We recommend professional hot water extraction method. Apply approved fiber protector for preventative maintenance.
- Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
- Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
- Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.
- Cleaning- Experts recommend having your Oriental rug professionally washed every 2 to five years to prevent dirt and soil buildup and to fully restore the rug’s natural fibers
You likely spent a multitude of hours hand picking just the right pieces of furniture to best compliment your home décor. After that considerable investment of time and finances, you want to do everything possible to maintain your furniture. Here are a few tips to help you get the greatest return and ensure even wear:
- Vacuum upholstered furniture weekly
- Turn cushions monthly
- Apply fabric protection after each professional cleaning
- Spot clean using spotting agents approved by one of our IICRC certified technicians
- Have furniture professionally cleaned every 2-3 years under normal use
- If you have pets or children, professional cleaning is recommended on an annual basis
Air Ducts / Dryer Vents
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years for Air Ducts. Dryer Vent Most important Annually cleaning to prevent fires and efficiency of your unit.
- How often? Dryer exhaust vents should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year depending on the size of the household and dryer usage. “If you have a large family and washing more frequently 2-3 times per year would a good maintenance plan.
- Why? Dryer vents accumulate highly flammable lint, and failure to clean out lint is the leading cause of dryer fires. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, more than 15,000 dryer fires occurred in the U.S. in 2010. A plugged dryer vent can also burn out the heating element.
- When? A telltale sign that the dryer vent needs cleaning is that clothes take longer and longer to dry.
“When it takes 2-3 cycles to dry a load of towels, it’s time to check things out,” Smith said. Another indication of poor or obstructed venting is that the dryer’s external cabinet or its control area is hotter than usual. If that happens, disconnect the dryer and check the vent.
Here are some easy yet effective tips to help you maintain the beauty and resistance of your hardwood floors:
- Dust them with a microfiber pad (every day)
- Mop the floors using a special hardwood solution (once a week)
- Polish your hardwood floors (every six months) Professionally
- Sand and recoat them (every 3-5 years)
- Place mats at entryways – and remember to wipe your feet
Tile & Grout
How Often Do I Need Professional Tile Cleaning?
Maintenance is the key. Scheduling a professional tile and grout cleaning at least once or twice a year – spring and fall cleanings are a common annual routine – can make a huge difference in the appearance and durability of your floors, and walls. Apply our high performance Sealer for best preventative maintenance.