Getting your carpets cleaned can keep them looking their best, and also prolong their life. Matted down dirt can eventually ruin fibres so that the carpet can never be restored, but having all that dirt and dust removed as needed can keep those fibres strong and soft underfoot. When you're thinking about having your home's carpets cleaned, note a few questions you might have, and then discuss your options with a professional cleaner as needed.
Which is best, steam cleaning or dry cleaning?
There is no easy way to answer this question, as your choice between these options will depend on a number of factors. For example, delicate carpeting materials like silk should be dry cleaned, as the water and heat of a steam cleaning may damage their fibres. Other materials, such as wool, are stronger but also shouldn't get wet, as this might cause damage.
On the other hand, some carpeting will have very deep dirt and debris, and very tall fibres. A dry cleaning may not be able to lift all that dirt and pull up any matted fibres. Steam may penetrate those tall or thick fibres and work better to loosen ground-in dirt, so that the carpets get a thorough cleaning. Your carpet cleaning professional should inspect your carpet and its materials, and then will be able to determine the best choice for your home.
What if there are delicate furniture items in the room?
If you have antique furniture, a piano and other such pieces, and if you're afraid they might get damaged with carpet cleaning, you should note this to your cleaning professional. In many cases, a carpet cleaning company won't move heavy items like bookcases and aquariums, and you may not need the carpet under them cleaned anyway. Also, your cleaner may want to use a dry cleaning method to ensure there is no steam that would damage those furniture pieces.
Should carpets really be cleaned every year?
You may have heard that it's good to have your home's carpets cleaned every year; however, as with maintaining any other part of your home, you might adjust this schedule according to your own lifestyle. If you have kids and pets or live in a very dusty area, you might have the carpets cleaned more often. If anyone in the home has allergies or other breathing disorders, this might also indicate that the carpets should be cleaned more often, as this will remove more allergens and irritants.
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