No carpet lasts forever, but by regular care, you can add years to the life of any carpet. A carpet wears out through a combination of foot traffic and dirt particles. When dirt is up close to the top or surface of the pile, little or no damage occurs to the carpet. But when that dirt is trampled down into the tufts, close to the “roots” of the pile, it scrapes and cuts away at the fiber, gradually wearing them away.
Heavy traffic areas should receive daily vacuuming. Once a week, the carpet should get a thorough vacuuming, which includes running the cleaner back and forth at least six times over each area, as well as moving tables and chairs under which dirt may accumulate.
An upright cleaner with a rotary brush action and beater bar is best as they improve the rise of dirt to the surface. An adjustable model vacuum cleaner is essential to accommodate long shags and extra thick saxony carpets.
No matter how often you vacuum, you’ll find that a thorough cleaning of your carpet pays dividends in beauty and longer life. This should be done by professionals. Consult Conklin Bros. for advice. However, for those of you who prefer to do it yourself, there are three types of home cleaning:
- The dry method, using an absorbant, powder-type cleaner.
- The wet method, using a water and detergent solution.
- The foam spray method.
Between thorough cleanings, it is a good idea to use the dry method to clean rapid-soiling areas – such as kitchen doorways or in front of sofas and chairs, traffic patterns, etc.
You are urged to carefully read and follow the directions that come with the product. All cleaning solutions should be tested on an inconspicuous area to make certain you approve results before proceeding with the entire job. Conklin Bros. carpet guarantee is based upon professional cleaning at least once every 12 months.