Carpets make our homes more comfortable and presentable. Beautiful carpet tiles and broadlooms can make or break a home. but many homeowners also find that carpets can become soiled and tired in appearance over a relatively short time. Modern carpets are hard wearing and could look beautiful in your home for as long as 30 years with the right maintenance. If you’re looking for an easy way to revitalize your living spaces with a clean and fresh look, then there’s no better way to do it than by giving your carpets a cleaning makeover.
Why Do Our Carpets Look Old over Time?
Most carpets used in homes today are made from polyester or nylon fibers. With these new materials you might be wondering why carpets only take a little time before they start looking less than spectacular. Even with regular vacuuming, it’s hard to maintain that fresh new look.
Part of the reason why carpets look tired so soon is because of the design inherent in most modern carpets. Carpets that you choose in the living areas of your home are usually selected for comfort above all else. To manufacture comfortable carpet, the pile height needs to be high. The pile height is the length that the fibers raise above the backing. The higher the pile, the more comfortable the carpet is, but there’s also a problem in that the pile gets beaten down over time.
High traffic areas in your home become obvious, with worn in tracks. Areas around couches and chairs also show the telltale signs of disturbed pile. This makes for an uneven look over time, with areas that look damaged when compared to the rest of the carpet.
Discoloration and staining is also a problem in carpet. Even darker colors have the propensity to become soiled, and the only way to effectively clean soiled carpets is through wet to dry cleaning.
Cleaning Your Carpets Will Revitalize Your Home
When you’re thinking about carpet cleaning, there are two options for you. DIY cleaning, or professional treatments.
DIY carpet cleaning could be completed with a machine for hire, or by using hand cleaning methods on problem spots. DIY cleaning is effective for removing stains, but is not as effective for an all-around treatment. To restore pile state, remove odors and bacteria, and recondition carpets, professionals use machines that not only shampoo, but first agitate and then recondition carpet fibers.
Why Professional Cleaning Provides the Best Results
A good professional will have a three stage cleaning process. This begins with getting the carpet ready for treatment. They will agitate the entire floor area first. This helps to restore the pile to its natural state, and lift out deep seated dirt and debris at the same time.
Next comes the shampoo and treatment. Liquid solutions that neutralize odors and remove stains are applied to the carpet. Dirt and debris is also broken down, ready to be removed from the carpet.
The final stage includes removing the wet solution, along with all of the residue. Think of this like vacuuming up all of the waste that has now been dislodged from the carpet. Some carpet professionals have machines that cut the process down (those who use Dry Fusion for example), but the main point is that the carpet is not only cleaned and sterilized, it is conditioned and restored to its original state.
DIY cleaning methods can have your carpets looking great, and with regular vacuuming your home will be presentable, but it could be better. Professional treatments won’t just make your carpets look brand new again, but will protect them from future damage. Restoring pile to its natural state means carpets will last longer, and because more debris can be removed in a professional treatment there’s less risk of damage to the carpet backing, or the bases of individual fibers.
If you want to revitalize your home with a ‘like new’ look that you’ll love to come home to, there’s no better way to do it than by restoring the most obvious part of your décor: your carpets.