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Main Carpet Care Problems

Water

Water damage is the #1 potential threat to your carpet. Water damage can be caused by flooding, leaky pipes or appliances, or other sources. The important thing is to first determine whether the water source was sanitary or not. Rain or water from a pipe leak are considered sanitary, whereas a wet carpet may be caused by a toilet overflow, and though unsanitary, may still be salvageable. A carpet that has been flooded by raw sewage or groundwater should not be salvaged. Anything more than a minor spill should be dealt with by a professional, but for small flooding occurrences use clean white towels and fans to dry the area.

Dirt

Dirt, of course, is the enemy of any carpet, but there are steps you can take to minimize the amount of dirt that reaches your carpet in the first place. Use entry mats or rugs wherever possible – a large percentage of dirt can be absorbed before the room is entered. Dirt can actually damage the fibers through abrasion. It’s also a good idea to move furniture periodically, avoiding repeated foot traffic in the same areas. Regular vacuuming is important and it’s worth investing in a good vacuum cleaner with rotating brushes. Periodic professional cleaning is also strongly recommended.

Stains

It’s not always a simple matter to deal with stains. Effective stain removal is a science, with ph factors to consider among other things, but the homeowner can do a lot to treat stains without necessarily calling a professional. The important thing to keep in mind is to catch the stain before it has time to set. If it’s a wet stain, blot it with white clean cloth or paper towels first and try to absorb as much as you can. If it’s more dry or solid you can use the edge of a spoon, but before you treat the stain it’s wise to check a stain treatment chart, or better yet, if it looks like it has the potential to leave a permanent stain, call a professional. Better to pay for cleaning than to buy new carpet!

Mold or Mildew

If there is any indication that there is mold or mildew an any of your carpets, it’s crucial for your health that it be dealt with. Mold and mildew can cause mild to severe health problems and unless it’s a small are which can be treated with vinegar or ammonia, for instance, it’s strongly advised to call a carpet cleaning service.