Understanding How To Effectively Clean Your Carpets And Floors

Clean carpets and floors can make your entire house sparkle, and give you confidence in allowing small children to play safely on the floor. A floor "clean enough to eat off of," is the standard that some neat freaks will aspire to. The rest of us are generally content with a carpet or floor that is cleaned regularly through a maintenance process and deep cleaned occasionally for an added boost and shine. The key to keeping carpet and floor clean is to understand the materials they are constructed from, and to familiarize yourself with regular maintenance procedures that will keep the bulk of the soil and grime at bay.

Your hard-surface flooring can clearly come in a variety of materials; from vinyl, to wood, to ceramic tile. The list goes on. The best way to maintain your floor is to obtain instructions from the manufacturer when the flooring is installed. If this is not possible, a little bit of research can tell you the best way to care for your flooring material. Carpeting can also be manufactured from a number of materials - from wool, to nylon, to cotton blends. The manufacturer is the best place to go for instructions here as well, but if you don't have access to manufacturer instructions, you can take a swatch in to a carpet care center to get information on how to care for your carpet.

Keep Your Carpet And Floors Clean By The Prevention Method

Once you have familiarized yourself with the material that you will be caring for, preventative maintenance means keeping the dirt off of your flooring through light, frequent cleanings, and attacking spots and spills before they have a chance to set in and stain. A vacuum is you first line of defense, whether you are cleaning carpet or hard floor surfaces. Keeping the dirt, rocks and crumbs off of your flooring will not only help it look cleaner, it will prevent against scratches and nicks. The frequency of vacuuming will depend on your lifestyle and how often your carpet and floors need a cleaning. Small children and pets will certainly make your vacuum scheduling more frequent!

Calling In The Professional Carpet And Floor Cleaners

When regular maintenance doesn't seem to be sufficient, it may be time to call in the professionals. Many professional carpet cleaners do floors as well, so you may be able to kill two proverbial birds with one stone. It is wise to do your homework before hiring a professional carpet and floor cleaner. If you cannot find a recommendation from a friend or neighbor, be prepared to ask some questions of the company you choose when you call to make your appointment. By checking up on the company's history, policies and fee structures, you can help ensure that you will be receiving the best care and cleaning of your carpet and floors by the company that you hire.