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The Right Way to Keep Your Home’s Carpet Clean: DIY vs. Professional Services

A carpet can be a great investment in a home whether you have purchased one that already has it in several rooms or you wish to install it in the near future. However, keep in mind that carpeting will need proper upkeep to help it stay clean and look new, year after year. You may want to do the job yourself, but you should really consider calling in a professional carpet cleaner to get the job done. You can help with the regular upkeep of your carpet on your own, but if you don’t have it cleaned by professionals every once in a while, it could lead to unwanted health risks in the form of bacterial particles.

Swatches of Berber carpet

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Health risks of an unclean carpet
Even if your carpet does not appear to be dirty, trust me that it is. Tiny outside pollutants and dust that are trapped in the air and excess water on the carpet from multiple spills or flooding can all be contributing factors to causing health risks. These pollutants from damp and dirty carpets that create dust and mold can impact every day health problems such as asthma and skin irritation (athlete’s foot) worse to the point of being unbearable. Skin irritation such as athlete’s foot can be common if the particles enter through any cuts or scratches. Worse, any mycotoxins found in carpet can harm the body’s organs that can lead to stomach infections and other illnesses.

Selecting the right carpet for easy cleaning
To help with the upkeep of your carpet, there are steps you can take in between professional cleanings. Most important, be sure to invest in carpet that is easy to clean or if you have purchased a house, consider replacing it with new carpeting. Your best bet is one of these materials and the loop pile:

  • Nylon
  • Polyester

Nylon is a great choice in carpet material for rooms that get a lot of traffic such as living rooms, children’s playrooms and other rooms or hallways by the front-door. Nylon is easy to clean by vacuuming and repelling stains, but water and excess moisture can easily create bacteria and mold.

For rooms where there will be a lot of moisture such as in a bathroom, look into carpets or rugs that are made out of polyester. It’s not quite as easy to clean as nylon is, but it can handle water well and there is a less chance that mold will grow from excess moisture.

Next, install carpet that has cut loops in high traffic areas. Carpet loops that are closed are a lot harder to clean than those that have been cut. To keep your carpet looking great between cleanings be sure to vacuum it weekly (move furniture for tough spots) and treat any stain spots or water spills right away. However, remember that carpet won’t last forever and you should fully replace it about every ten years.

Why a professional gets the job done right?
Even if you have the option to purchase carpet that is durable and easy to clean, nothing cleans it better than professional services and you should have your carpet cleaned about every 12 to 18 months. When you clean a carpet on your own, you can only really clean the surface of it. Professional cleaners have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to be able to deep clean it and to get rid of any dust, mold, and other pollutants.

Not only will your carpet be free of any allergens that could cause health risks, but a deep cleaning from professional services such as Carpet Cleaning Melbourne can help extend the life of the carpet so that you do not have to replace it sooner than you would have otherwise.

Don’t take the chance of allowing air pollutants and moisture in your carpet create health risks in your home. If it has been awhile since your carpet was last cleaned, consult with a professional service today.