Perform Regular Maintenance Yourself
Carpets should generally be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of high traffic like entryways or nearby doors to the outside. Frequent vacuuming will prolong the life of your carpets as it prevents the buildup of dirty, debris, and other soils that become embedded and results in stains.
Carefully blot or scrape any spots before applying any type of cleaning solution. Rubbing will always spread the particles around and ground them deeper into the carpet fibers, which leads to an even bigger problem. Club soda, baking soda, and even shaving cream can be good alternatives for small spots caused by alcoholic or sugary beverages. Grease can be fought with dishwasher detergent and hydrogen peroxide works wonders on blood. Be aware that certain chemicals can damage your carpets depending on the fiber composition and whether they’re synthetic. Always do a test spot first to know for sure.
Regarding Pet Stains
If cleaning yourself, it is always best to use organic cleaners, rather than harsh chemicals that may damage your carpet. Some scrubbing will be necessary, and sometimes may not be enough. It is possible that although the stain seems gone, ammonium salts can be left behind. During the winter, you may not notice the odor, as the salts remain crystallized in in dry, cold weather. However, once the warmer, wetter months of summer come around, the salts will absorb the moisture and release more odor! If you have regular accidents with your pets, hiring a professional for an in-house estimate or review could be a good option for you.
Deep-Clean on a Regular Basis
It is recommended to deep clean your carpet every six months for the average wear and tear caused by a family of four. Otherwise, a good deep cleaning is suggested every 12 to 18 months. Steam cleaning as utilized by ServiceMaster Advantage involves injecting a cleaning solution deep into the carpet via pressurized water-jet nozzles. As the machine deposits the solution, it also extracts the loosened soil and remaining moisture leftover. The water penetrates the carpet fibers down to the backing and loosens embedded dirt, debris, oil, and grease.
If you need professional carpet cleaning services, don’t hesitate to call today! ServiceMaster Advantage has got your back in the Houston, Texas area.
Hire Someone Qualified
With wall-to-wall carpet cleaning it is always best to hire a professional. Companies with employees that are IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) trained have taken numerous classes across different categories involved in professional cleaning. Not only do certified professionals have the equipment to back up their claims, but they also have background knowledge of certain cleaning soaps and chemicals that are appropriate for your particular carpet fibers.
There is no substitute for technique and state-of-the-art equipment, both of which ServiceMaster Advantage of Houston are prepared to provide at an affordable rate.