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Carpet and Flooring Tips

The following are some helpful tips for looking after and caring for your flooring.  Doing the following when needed will help maintain and preserve the longevity of your flooring and save from costly replacement early.

How often should you clean your carpet?

How often should you
clean your carpet?

To maintain your carpet at optimum conditions, we recommend to have it professionally cleaned at least every 6-9 months, especially the high traffic areas. Don’t forget to vacuum often to help preserve the carpet and prevent harmful buildup. Regular vacuuming should be done on a weekly basis at least twice or more if needed.

Why use area rugs?

Why use area rugs?

Use of area rugs can enhance the total look of a room as well catch the first bit of walk-in dirt when someone first enters the room Be sure to remove and clean them regularly. Also clean and restore the pile of the carpet underneath.

How to move heavy furniture?

How to move
heavy furniture?

When moving heavy wheeled furniture (pianos, cabinets, etc.), prevent damage by placing heavy cardboard or plywood between the wheels and the carpet.

How to remove a dirty stain?

How to remove
a dirty stain?

Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of Dawn dish soap, and fill with water. Spray area liberally and let soak for 5-10 minutes and then proceed with blotting with a clean, dry towel until the stain is removed. Some carpet stain removal products can be of great benefit for combating many types of carpet stains.

Take your shoes off

Take your shoes off

Get in the habit of removing your shoes before entering a carpeted room. Shoes can drag in all sorts of nasty things, not only dirt but think of all the flooring surfaces your shoes have walked in? Place a mat at the door to keep them readily available, and buy some slippers that can only be worn in the house to change into.

Carpet re-stretching

Carpet re-stretching

In addition to being unsightly, those ripples in the carpet can limit the lifespan of the surface. Humidity, moving heavy furniture or even an incorrect installation can cause your carpet to buckle. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. In fact, it will only get worse over time and may lead to your carpet creasing. The good news is that OAB can stretch it back out and into place.

Why you should use walk-off mats?

Why you should use
walk-off mats?

Use walk-off mats at all entrances to absorb soil and moisture. Clean mats regularly so they don’t become sources of soil themselves.

How to avoid pile crushing?

How to avoid
pile crushing?

Move heavy furniture occasionally to avoid excessive pile crushing. Put coasters intended for use with carpet under the legs of tables, chairs and other furniture to help distribute the weight and prevent mashing of the pile. Do not use chairs or appliances with rollers or casters on carpet without a chair pad designed for carpet. Continued use without a chair pad can cause damage to the carpet.

How to prevent sunlight damage?

How to prevent
sunlight damage?

Protect your carpet from prolonged periods of direct sunlight with blinds, shades, or awnings.

Why you should vacuum often

Why you should
vacuum often

Vacuum at least two times a week and more if the room gets a lot of foot traffic. Your vacuum is the best defense against early retirement for a carpet so keep it maintained. Change the bag or empty the canister before it gets full, remove debris such as string or fibers from the brushes (these cause the vacuum belt to work harder, possibly damaging the motor) and wipe the vacuum with a little white vinegar to keep it dust free. Always check the hose to see if any obstruction is blocking the airflow before starting it.

How to vacuum the right way

How to vacuum
the right way

A clean carpet begins with vacuuming regularly. That means more than just running a Hoover over the carpet once or twice a month. Use the crevice attachments to get dirt and dust from around the room. Vacuum the entire space horizontally, and then again vertically. The more times you run it over the surface, the more dirt it removes. Don’t let the bag get more than half full or it won’t work as efficiently. It’s also not a race. Vacuum slowly so it has the chance to pick up all the dirt embedded below the surface to the carpet. Finally, adjust the height, so it works just right for your floor.