When you have ceramic tiles or wood tiles on your floor, they can be protected with area rugs. They can make a cool floor feel warm on your feet and are soft to step or lie on. They can be placed on an area that is heavily trafficked to keep the dirt off. However rugs can become dirty as well due to pets, children and weather conditions outside of the house. Such rugs can be cleaned manually once a month using manual cleaning or a carpet cleaner. When spots become visible, these should be removed immediately.
Today’s home cleaning machines utilize several scrubbing brushes which spin and clean with a mix of hot water and carpet shampoo to thoroughly clean your carpets.
Find ways to decrease your water consumption, thereby decreasing your water bill. For example, repair leaky faucets as soon as you discover them, as those wasted drops can add up on your bill over time. Make sure water children are instructed to be careful to not leave water faucets on when not in use. Finally, consider putting in low flow shower heads to decrease water usage.
The first thing that you want to ask your potential carpet cleaner reviews is how long they have been in business. Look for a company that has been in business for at least 5 years. Sure, some of the new upstarts might be good companies but chances are better that if they have survived longer than 5 years, they are pretty good. Let the younger companies practice on someone else’s home.
Third on my list of reasons to have your carpet cleaned is for odor control. Lets face it, carpets can start to smell after some time. This is especially true if you have children and pets. They tend to spill things on the carpet that over time begin to put off odors. Clean your carpet often to have a fresh and clean smelling home.
Locks don’t fail me now- Do you have a bathroom or bedroom door that just won’t latch or lock? Afraid you may walk in on Uncle Lou during his morning constitution. To ensure everyone gets a little moment of privacy, try to tweak your door latches. Oftentimes, the strike plate (metal plate of door jamb) has to be unscrewed, and realigned. If you cannot get things lined up easily, consider adding an eye hook on the inside of the room. For under $3, you provide privacy while only making a small hole that you can patch later.
Slept in another bedroom for a few nights until I could rid of the new carpet smells. I opened up the windows to help ventilate the area. If you can set-up fans in opposite windows and get cross-ventilation going, that’s even better. One fan should be pulling air in while the second fan blows air out the window. I’ve heard that putting plants in the room helps rid of new carpet smells.
So there you have it. Those are the Do’s and Don’ts you really want to be aware of before starting your next carpet cleaning job. You don’t have to thank me. Just knowing you won’t be filling your entire home from top to bottom with FOAM because you filled your carpet cleaner with doggie shampoo is thanks enough.