Dirt acts like a blade and can cut and wear away at carpet fibers. When you walk across a dirty carpet, the sharp dirt particles rub against the fibers, wearing them down and making them look dull. In order to keep your carpets looking new for years to come, follow these dirt removal tips.
Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week. High traffic areas should be vacuumed two or more times a week in order to reduce soil buildup.
Use a Clean Bag or Filter
A full bag or dirty filter can cut a vacuum’s suction power in half. Replace bags with they are ¾ of the way full, and replace or wash filters every three months. This will allow your vacuum to work properly, picking up as much dirt out of your carpets as possible.
Vacuum at the Right Speed
Vacuuming at a slow pace can get more dirt out of a carpet than vacuuming at a fast pace. In high-traffic areas, make two-slow passes over the carpet, this will help remove ground-in dirt more effectively.
Use doormats inside and outside to keep dirt off of your carpets. Having coarse-textured mats outside to wipe your shoes on can remove soil before entering your home.
Clean Carpets Before They Become Really Dirty
How often you clean your carpets depends on the amount of traffic they encounter (ex. kids, pets, a lot of foot traffic). Clean your carpets when they start to look dull, if you want until they are too dirty, cleaning will be a lot more difficult.