Use a Carpet Rake Once a Month
A carpet rake?! Don’t be alarmed if you’ve never heard of this device, as it is the best manual carpet cleaning machine that you’ve never heard of. These specialized tools look very similar to the rake you use in the fall to gather leaves, although they typically have two or more rows of tines, and the tines are much finer than the horticultural variety.
Using a carpet rake is very simple – holding it as you’d hold a broom or rake, gently pull the head through your carpet with short strokes. Deeper piles or thicker carpets may require a bit more pressure. Work through the room symmetrically, taking care not to skip any areas.
Afterwards, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any hair or dirt that has been liberated by the raking!
Carpet rakes are a great option for pet owners or long-haired homeowners, as it quickly and thoroughly extracts any fur or hair that has gotten embedded in your carpets.
Get Your Carpets Professionally Deep Cleaned Twice a Year
Ok, we get it, you’re skeptical because a professional carpet cleaning company is recommending that you get your carpets professionally cleaned. Conflict of interest and all that. But hear us out!
If you’ve bought a carpet that comes with a warranty, you should check the fine print! Almost all leading carpet brands require bi-annual professional carpet cleaning for the warranty to remain valid. The reason for this is simple: professional equipment does a much better job than vacuum cleaners or even rental equipment.
Professional carpet cleaners use steam to lift the stains from the carpet without damaging the fibers, and then powerful suction to extract the moisture. Rental machines leave your carpets wet, which can result in dirt being wicked from the bottom of the carpet back to the top. The result is a carpet that looked great right after it was cleaned turning gray as it dries!
If you’ve never had your carpets professionally cleaned you’re going to be in for a treat. Old carpets, even in high traffic areas, will shine like new once the years of built-up grime are stripped away.