Most people procrastinate from time to time, especially when it comes to household chores. Cleaning up takes effort and it is never ending. Whether it is updating the paint or clearing out the garage, something always needs to be done.
But some tasks should not be overlooked, not without costly consequences. Cleaning your carpets is one undertaking that needs to be done on a consistent basis. If not, you may face problems down the road.
Filtration soil on carpet
Filtration soiling is those unsightly dark lines that form under doors that remain closed for long stretches of time, along walls, under furniture covers, and more. Vacuuming alone will often not eliminate these bands of soil.
These problem areas result from an accumulation of dust and other air pollutants that settle on carpet fibers in locations with a concentrated air flow, through small cracks or open areas beneath the carpet. This has nothing to do with the quality of your carpet. It takes months, even years, for filtration soiling to develop. The only way to rid your carpet of this type of stain is through regular professional cleaning.
Wear and traffic patterns
Unattractive wear and traffic patterns show up over time in spots where the flooring shifts from a hard surface to a carpet. When people walk, they tend to drag their feet creating this common type of wear on pathways leading to a carpeted surface.
Dirt on carpets also contributes to unsightly wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas. When people walk, dirt gets ground into the carpet and over time, weakens the fibers. The carpet begins to look dull, frayed and worn out. At this stage, it will more easily absorb spills and dirt.
Recurring carpet stains
Pet stains, tomato sauce, coffee, or red wine are notorious for being difficult to lift after a carpet spill. Trying to remove these types of stubborn substances can be very frustrating, especially if the stain has already set over time. They tend to return to the surface, this is called wicking. The stain may no longer be visible on the surface after traditional cleaning efforts, but it remains deep in the padding beneath. Luckily, with the right cleaning techniques, recurring stains can usually be removed.
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