Cleaning carpets has nothing to do with renovating your home per se, but it is very important in the overall context of 'making your house better'. If you're going to invest the time, effort and money into a new kitchen, bathroom or living area, it makes sense that you should also ensure your carpets are kept in immaculate condition.
How often should a carpet be cleaned?
Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. Steam carpet cleaning (also known as hot water extraction) sees a solution of hot water sprayed onto the carpet and extracted by a vacuum. This process also extracts the dirt and grime that has built up in the carpet fibres. Shampooing is also very beneficial in this strategy, as it lowers the surface area, and a brush loosens the soil, allowing maximum extraction from the vacuum.
The particles of soil (from the dirt and grime of everyday life) actually damage the carpet fibres. So as well as an annual professional carpet clean, it is also recommend to vacuum your carpets regularly. This chore should be done at least once a fortnight, and preferably once a week. Special attention should be given to the carpets with higher density traffic, such as common rooms. Ensuring you have a high quality vacuum cleaner that removes high amounts of dirt is very important.
Selecting a good professional carpet cleaner
When choosing a carpet cleaning business there are a number of things to consider. Many companies charge a cheap introductory price which seems like the perfect option. But once they get to your place, you'll find that is only for a small portion of your house, and charge a much higher amount for the rest of the rooms. Make sure you are told upfront exactly what costs you can expect. That way there are no surprises.
Don't just pick one company either. Select a few who seem reputable and contact them all. Don't be afraid to ask questions to find out more about their service such as "have you been in business for long?" and "will you vacuum the carpet before steam cleaning it?". Anyone who sounds cagey or confused is probably not the right person for the job.
Your local yellow pages or an internet search for tradesmen will help you find carpet cleaners in your area. Be sure to check their website and ensure you know what services they offer.
Tips to DIY
For DIY carpet cleaning, the most important thing is to acquire the best products for the job. However the overall process is quite intricate and it may perhaps be in your best interests to hire a professional. You can also hire hot water extraction machines that let you get a lot of the soil from the carpet. But if used improperly, they can leave the carpet excessively wet, resulting in potential odour and mould growth.