Hosting parties for birthdays, graduations, holidays, weddings and other events is fun to do during the summer. One of the biggest parts of preparing for summer parties is ensuring that your carpets are clean, and this is also an important part of the after-party cleanup. Learn about the most common causes of ruined carpets, why you should hire a professional carpet cleaner and how to keep your carpets clean in between with numerous people walking through your house.
What Ruins Carpet?
Two primary causes of ruined carpets are heavy foot traffic and not vacuuming enough. Heavy foot traffic most often occurs in entryways or hallways. The carpet will start to show signs of wear in these areas over time, which is normal. Shampooing these walkways is important for keeping the carpet looking fresh and new for as long as possible. Between cleanings, dirt and bacteria build up. Leaving this for too long accelerates wear on the carpet, so you need to vacuum often, particularly during the summer.
Although stains can be removed from carpets, they can also ruin carpets when they are left untreated. Some things that can stain and ruin carpets include:
- candle wax
- ink and paint
- nail polish
- pet urine
- red wine
Another way that carpets are ruined is by using the wrong types of cleaners to remove these stains. Some carpets are sensitive to acid cleaning agents, which cause their colors to fade quickly. Other carpets are more sensitive to harsh alkalis. This is why it’s important for you to choose the appropriate cleaning solutions.
How a Professional Can Help
Professional carpet cleaners are very helpful when it comes to removing stains because they are educated on the different carpet fibers and how certain chemicals affect or interact with them. Hiring experts ensures that you don’t use the wrong chemicals and accidentally cause fading or other damage to your carpets, which could be embarrassing right before a party.
If you have a busy lifestyle, carpet cleaning experts can save you time as well. You’re less likely to thoroughly clean your carpet if you’re rushed to put together food, drinks and decorations at the same time. Having professionals clean for you a few days before your party ensures that the job is done right and that you have time to focus everything else.
Keeping Carpet Clean Between Professional Services
It’s generally recommended that you have your carpets professionally treated every six months. However, what do you do if you’re hosting more than one party during that period? The best method is to vacuum high-traffic areas two times a week and everywhere else once a week, especially if you have children and pets.
During parties, lay down mats and rugs at the entrances to your home so that guests can wipe their feet when they go inside. Use runner rugs in high-traffic areas that lead to bathrooms, the kitchen or other rooms that are being used for the parties. Following the events, you can clean and remove the mats and rugs.
Call Hydro-Clean when it’s time for your next carpet treatment.