A compilation of questions and answers for all your carpet needs. Find out everything in these FAQs.
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Will my carpet shrink if I clean it?
Excessive water is likely to shrink your carpet if a cleaning job is not handled with care. Generally, an experienced technician will be able to avoid this since they know exactly how much water, detergent and soap can be safely used on the carpet without causing severe water damage and warping or shrinking it. A shrunken carpet is often salvageable if the damage has not gone too far or left for too long, but for this reason, cleaning them yourself is not the best idea.
Is vacuuming sufficient for keeping carpets clean?
No, it is not. Even the best consumer vacuum cleaner cannot extract the dirt, dust and pollen particles stuck in the lower ends of the fibers. However, this does not mean that vacuuming is useless and should not be done. Quite the opposite, it should be done once a week as it actually helps to prevent the particles from getting deeper into the carpet.
What do I do when stains are not removed with water?
Carpet stain removal usually takes more than water. At the very least, you should use some dish liquid, which is very effective with stains. It would also depend on whether you treat stains right away and whether they are easy or not. You can also use baking soda but you would need to let it sit for a while. Vinegar or lemon will also be effective for both stain and odor removal.
How do I maintain my white carpets?
White carpets, without a doubt, are the most difficult carpets to maintain. It is impossible for them not to look dirty overtime. Even when left untouched, they eventually look dirty as airborne dust accumulates on the carpet's fibers. It is advisable to have white carpets deep-cleaned at least once a year. Dry maintenance cleaning is also recommended every once in a while. Additionally, regular vacuum cleaning needs to be done, preferably every day.
What is the average life of a carpet?
For carpets used in most homes, the expected lifespan is 12 years. This number of years takes into account the regular maintenance cleaning and occasional deep cleaning of the carpet. If carpets are not well-maintained, expect a shorter useful life. Cleaning helps extend the life of carpets. However, the kind of cleaning agents used also matters. Experts at Carpet Cleaning Los Gatos will tell you that you can help extend the life of your carpet with regular cleaning.