Regular vacuuming is a good habit because you're consistently keeping the dirt from really settling into the carpet. Mold, mildew, oils, makeup, food, milk, juice, soda pop and damp particles can stick to fibers so you need to vacuum regularly to keep these substances from really settling into your carpet and staining or damaging the carpet fibers and weaves.
- Choose vacuum cleaners with two motors, one for suction and one for the beater bar that loosens dirt. Some vacuum cleaners such as canister vacuum cleaners or electric brooms don't have a beater bar.
- Purchase vacuum cleaners with rotating brushes that are adjustable. These will loosen dirt and ground-in soil and have sufficient airflow to clean the carpets right down to the backing.
- The filtration bag should be enclosed thus limiting dirt and dust particles from recirculating into the air.
- Vacuum cleaners generally lose some of their suction power over time, so buying cheap vacuum cleaners may turn out to be a bad purchase decision.
A good carpet cleaning practice is to give them a good deep or steam cleaning once every two years. Steamcleaning vacuums use high-pressure solution of water and detergent which is sprayed into the carpet. That cleaning solution sinks into the fibers and a foaming action expands the area between the fibers. With the particles loosened up the resulting mixture can be vacuumed out.
There are a variety of methods of deep cleaning carpets, and hiring a professional to do the job is always advisable. You can rent steam cleaning equipment from a number of retailers who provide them as a service to their customers. If you are steam-cleaning your own carpet, here's a few pointers to remember:
- use proper ventilation or fans to quickly dry the carpet and expel any odors produced by the cleaning solution.
- overwetting the carpet may cause the carpet backing or seams to separate. Follow the cleaning solution manufacturer's instructions on the bottle.
- wait for your carpets to dry fully (12 hours) before walking on it
Take a look at our links to merchants offering the latest in vacuum cleaners including Dirt Devil, Hoover, Dyson, Craftsman, Electrolux, Eureka, Filter Queen, Easy Flo, Bissel. Black & Decker, Miele, Kirby and more.
Central Vacuums don't have steam cleaning options so keep that in mind if you're thinking you might Central Vacs can perform the necessary cleaning required. Check out our links at the top of the page to find steam cleaning carpet cleaners to purchase or rent. Several new steam cleaning carpet cleaners available may be sufficient for your carpets.
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