Carpet Flooring Maintenance, Care & Cleaning

Rugs and carpets that are well-maintained will look better and last longer than those that are neglected. Dirt that is ground into the carpet takes the vibrancy out of the carpet and also destroys the nap. Dust, pet dander, hair and other debris dull the look as well. Carpet that is not cared for will often develop an odor as well. The good news is that the carpet cleaning tools and techniques are widely available to keep your flooring looking great for a longer period of time. It’s the best way to protect your investment.

We encourage you to also read our Carpet Buying Guide, and Carpet Installation Guide.

Cleaning Equipment and Supplies

The key tool in carpet maintenance and care is a very good vacuum cleaner. For most materials, it should have a rotating, bristled bar often called a “beater bar.” This will pull up the nap so that debris deep within it can be vacuumed away. It will also collect hair and other debris. It is important to clean the beater bar on your vacuum often so that it continues to be effective.

Steam cleaning is the most effective way to keep your carpeting looking and performing its best. It should be done every 6-18 months depending on how heavy the traffic is on your carpeting. This method is technically called hot water extraction. A good steam cleaning can get carpets as clean as possible and even sanitize them.

Taking Care of Problems

Get to spills and pet accidents immediately. Soak up liquids with paper toweling or a cotton towel. Step on it to soak up as much liquid as possible.

Then, use a bristle brush and carpet detergent mixed with water to gently scrub out any remaining liquid. Extract the cleaning water with a vacuum that is made for liquids.