1. Should I clean my carpet only when it looks dirty?
The carpet covering your floor is like a filter in your house. All the dust and microbes reside there. Your carpet may not look dirty but it catches all sorts of bacteria, dust and other microscopic organisms; hence vacuuming it is very important for carpet cleaning . If you have any allergies or a respiratory condition, you should vacuum your carpet regularly.
2. Does vacuuming damage the carpet fiber?
Vacuuming does damage your carpet fibers but not as much as the dirt and debris does. During vacuuming, the vacuum applies pressure in order to remove the dirt so the fibers do get a bit damaged. But the damage is negligible; hence you can vacuum several times in a week. Dirt in your carpet breaks down the carpet fibers; hence it should be vacuumed several times in a week.
3. Do water extraction method/ steam cleaning shrink my carpet?
No. These methods do not shrink your carpet if done in a right way or by professionals. Your carpet may shrink if it is over wet. Over wet if the only condition in which a carpet may shrink other than that you don’t have to worry.
4. How long will it take my carpet to dry?
Dry time is affected by temperature, humidity and air flow to that area. It may take between 8-24 hours depending upon the above mentioned factors. Turning up the conditioning or heating, depending upon the temperature, can also help in the reduction of drying time. Make sure you don’t walk with street shoes on it and also apply protectors to the furniture and other upholstery items to avoid any color transfer.
5. Why should I add a protective layer to my carpet?
By applying a protector to your carpet after cleaning will result in the avoidance of resoling. These products help in protecting the carpet and upholstery items by making them resistant to soiling from the dirt, water and oil-based products by coating the each fiber in a protective coating.
6. Are all stains removable?
No, all stains are not removable. Some stains which come from food beverage or substances that contain dyes in them may leave a stain that is irremovable. The dyes when are absorbed by the carpet fibers are hard to remove. If the stain is removed before the fibers absorb the stain, you can remove it.
7. Should I apply a carpet protector to my carpet, even though it says ‘stain-resistant’?
Yes. Every carpet is stain resistant but with time the protective layer wears off making your carpet vulnerable. So even if your carpet is ‘stain resistant’, applying a protector will make it last longer.
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