Here are the facts: No other item in your home absorbs more wear and tear on a daily basis than your carpet, and no other item can impact your home's appearance like your carpet can. ServiceMaster recommends that homeowners follow these steps to keep up the appearance of their carpet and upholstery:
Have the carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year: A professional cleaner has the equipment and expertise to fully remove dirt and detergent, and will remove most of the moisture in your carpet, something that most hire units don't do.
Vacuum carpets at least once a week: Up to 80% of dirt in carpets is loose dirt that can be removed with regular vacuuming.
Use doormats: Keep dirt, and especially sand, out of the house and off of the rugs.
Protect the surface: Have your carpet fibres protected by a soil protector.
Rotate furniture: Premature wear and spoiling take place when traffic paths are unchanged.
Blot up spills: Quickly clean up spills with a dry, clean cloth or a clean towel. Protect the area until dry.
Avoid direct sunlight: Modern furniture fabrics are usually resilient to sunlight. However, under extreme exposure, even these show signs of fading.
Plump up cushions often: Fillings lose their ability to bounce back if not plumped up to reshape them. Plumping cushions will help them last longer.
Rotate cushions often: Cushions not rotated may experience premature and unnecessary wear. To ensure a longer life for your cushions, rotate them regularly.
Vacuum: Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dust and loose dirt.
Blot up spills: Spills left unattended may set as stains. Blot spills, never rub!
At ServiceMaster, we deal with thousands of spots and spills every year. A little care taken when these events occur may immediately solve the problem. Use the tips below to help get rid of common household stains found on carpets. However, if the stain is more serious, call ServiceMaster to help.
Grease and Oil Marks: Gently rub in talcum powder or cornflour. Let it set and then brush or sponge powder away.
Mustard Stains: Soak stained area with diluted ammonia. Then dry with a hair dryer.
Pet Urine: Dampen area with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then blot dry.
Red Wine: Use soda water to flush the wine from the carpet fibres.
Blood Stains: Flush with cold water. Avoid hot water as heat will set the blood stain.
Soft Drinks: ServiceMaster spot remover is ideal for this.
Gum: Freeze the gum with ice in a plastic bag and use a blunt knife to remove.
Latex Paint: Soak with washing-up liquid and water. Agitate the area, blot, rinse and blot again. If necessary treat with ServiceMaster spot remover.
Ball Point Ink: Remove with surgical spirit.
Remember that the best time to clean up most spots and spills is right after they occur. Using the proper agent, follow these techniques: