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Cleaning And Maintaining Your Living Room's New Wall-To-Wall Carpet

Now that you have invested in new wall-to-wall carpeting in your home's living room, it is vital that you take certain steps to keep its fibers healthy and looking just like it did the day that it was installed.

Follow these recommendations to clean and protect your living room's new carpeting from damage:

Use the Correct Vacuuming Technique

You should vacuum the new carpet at least once each week using a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Regularly vacuuming removes dirt and dust from the carpet's fibers and prevents it from damaging the fibers from being rubbed into the fibers as your family walks on the carpet. Using a quality vacuum with a HEPA filter will remove the dirt from your living space the most efficiently and keep your carpet the cleanest.

Rather than just vacuuming in parallel lines, instead, vacuum the whole living room carpet in one direction and then vacuum again moving the vacuum across the carpet in the opposite direction. This pattern will ensure the most dirt is removed from the carpet fibers.

Use the Correct Stain Removal Technique

While you should not allow foods and drinks in your living room space, it is inevitable that a child, guest, or pet will spill something on the carpet. To safely remove carpet stains, follow this procedure:

  1. Remove any solids with a dustpan and dispose of them in the trash.
  2. Using a damp rag, try dabbing away the stain at its outer edge. If water removes the stain, clean the whole stain working from the outside and by only dabbing on water and drying it by blotting the area with paper towels. 
  3. If the stain is not removed by water, then try using the same dabbing technique with a solution of white vinegar and water. Once the stain has been removed by dabbing the vinegar solution on and drying it off by blotting with paper towels, rinse the area by dabbing it with a damp cloth to remove the vinegar solution.
  4. Allow the carpet to dry overnight and then vacuum your carpet.

Use Professional Carpet Cleaning Yearly for a Deep Cleaning

Finally, by being proactive about cleaning and maintaining your living room's new wall-to-wall carpeting, you can ensure that it stays looking fabulous for many years to come. Once every year, you should have the carpet deep cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company that uses a truck-mounted cleaning system. Truck-mounted carpet cleaning systems are strong enough to completely remove excess water from the carpet's fibers and pad, which keeps your carpet from staying wet and growing unhealthy mildew or mold. Contact a company like JR Cleaning Services for more information.