3 Keys to Spring Cleaning Carpet


After the clutter is cleared and the toys are organized, it might be a good time to give the floors a thorough cleaning.

1.     Routine:

Carpets need to be vacuumed with some degree of regularity, so a good vacuum routine may be just as important as a good vacuum cleaner. Programable robot vacuums do not pack terrific power and suction, but their ability to be set on an automatic schedule and consistently keep the floors swept make them extremely valuable when it comes to keeping a tidy house. In my house, we use a Roomba 690 set to clean the floors automatically three times a week.

2.     Depth:

Getting the dirt out of a carpet not only keeps the home clean, it prolongs the life of your carpet. Sonic Clean, and Oreck make some fantastically efficient and powerful vacuums that do a terrific job of getting a deep clean every time. In our house, we use an Oreck Magnesium about once every week or two to get the hidden dirt that the robots can’t get.

3.     Extracting:

After vacuuming, it may be time to consider a deeper cleaning. A professional carpet cleaner, such as Pro Clean,  can perform a hot water extraction to penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet and pull our the dirt left behind by regular vacuuming. Not only will such a cleaning get out the hidden dirt, the hot water temperature can give the carpet and fresh “set” and keep it looking newer longer. Think of your nylon or polyester carpet like a zip lock baggie. If you hold the ends and twist it, it will come untwisted as soon as you let go of the ends. But if you have a friend hit it with a blow-dryer, the baggie will stay in the twisted form.  It is also worth keeping in mind that if you’ve bought a new carpet in the last two years, almost all carpet manufacturers require your carpets be professionally cleaned by hot water extraction every 18 to 24 months to keep the warranties valid.

No matter your cleaning routine, equipment, or level of desire, spring is the perfect time to start checking items off the chore list and getting ready for the fun days of summer. 

Doug Clark