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Facts About Carpet Care - Basic Vacuuming
1. Regular Care
Today's carpet fibers are designed to hide soil and reflect light, and can resist soiling and stains. The effect of soil in carpet is not as visible as it is on hard surface florring where soil remains on the furface and is easily seen. The ability of today's carpet fibers to hide soiling is a positive feature for most consumers. However, the lack of apparent soiling does not elimainate the necessity of regular cleaning.
Most dry soil has razor-like edges that abrade carpet fibers, causing light to reflect differently and giveing the carpet a dull appearance. Soil can damage the fibers permanently fi allowed t remain in the pile.
A regular maintence program extends the life and initial appearance of your carpet. Specific care information may be avaiable from your carpet dealer or from a toll free number provided by the carpet manufacturer or fiber producer.
2. Basic Vacuuming
It is a good practice to vacuum the areas that receive the most traffic (i.e. hallways, stairs, exterior entry ways) most frequently. Vacuum the entire carpeted area a minimum of twice per week.
Removing loose soil while it remains on the surface is important so that it is not worked into the carpet pile by foot traffic. Removing embedded soil is more difficult and time consuming thatn removing surface soil.
To remove surface soil, push the vacuum forward several feet with the pile direction of the carpet in a slow, deliberate motion. Then reverse direction. Embedded soil is more effectively removed by pulling the vacuum against the pile direction in a slow, deliberate motion.
3. Vacuum Cleaner Selection
For maximum effectiveness, use a vacuum cleaner that has rotating brushes that are able to loosen ground-in soil, and a strong enough airflow to penetrate to the backing extracting all particles. The vacuum cleaner should have an enclosed, high filtration bag that limits recirculation of particles into the air.
For the best cleaning results, no matter which type of vacuum cleaner you purchase, inspect it periodically to be sure it is functioning properly.
- Keep brushes clean and replace them when worn.
- Keep vacuum hoses and attachments free of obstructions that restrict airflow.
- Inspect the vacuum head for rough edges or bent metal that may damage your carpet.
- Inspect belts frequently to make certain they are working properly.
- Always keep a spare belt for replacement as needed.
- Follow the vacuum cleaner manufacturer's instructions, and change the vacuum bag when it becomes more than half full. As the bag becomes full, efficiency is reduced.