Regular cleaning doesn’t just make your carpet look better; it makes it last longer too. Most carpet manufacturers recommend professional hot-water extraction as the primary cleaning method for synthetic carpets. The best strategy is to hire a professional every year or two and clean the carpet yourself between pro cleanings. Here are some hiring tips:
- Hire a pro who uses truck-mounted equipment rather than portable steam clean-ing equipment. Truck-mounted equipment exhausts the dirty air and humidity out-side. Its stronger suction leaves carpets drier too.
- Ask for a high-pressure rinse. This agitates the pile and neutralizes the carpet’s pH.
- Ask the pro to set furniture on blocks or pads after cleaning. This prevents stains from transferring from furniture legs to the damp carpet.
- Make sure the estimate includes everything—such as furniture moving, vacuuming (some charge extra for this, so check), routine spot removal, preconditioning and deodorizing—as part of a standard cleaning package.