- Carpets that are used daily need to be vacuumed
daily, especially high-traffic areas. This keeps the dirt from
settling into your carpets. Walking on soiled carpet permits
the soil particles to work their way below the surface of the
pile where they are far more difficult to remove and can damage
the fibers. Frequent vacuuming removes these particles from the
surface before this happens. Vacuuming regularly will also make
your carpet last longer and look better. In rooms that are seldom
used, you should still vacuum at least once a week.
- VACUUMING TIPS
- When vacuuming, there should be three passes
of the vacuum over areas with light soiling, but five to seven
passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas. Change the vacuuming
direction occasionally to help stand the pile upright and reduce
matting--or you can use a brush known as a pile-lifter.
- VACUUM CLEANER
- A good vacuum cleaner is vital to prolonging
the beauty and life of your carpet. We recommend using vacuums
with a rotating brush (or beater brush) that agitates the carpet
pile and mechanically loosens soil for removal by the suction
of the vacuum. Sensitive carpets that fray easily, such as carpets
made from natural fibers (wool, cotton or cotton blends), should
be vacuumed with a suction only type vacuum or one where the
rotating brush can be adjusted so that it doesn't touch the carpet.
If in question you should test a vacuum in an inconspicuous location
and only used if no excessive fuzzing occurs.
- Replaceable paper vacuum bags do a better
job of trapping the small particles that pass through cloth bags
back into the room. High efficiency vacuum bags, also called
microfiltration bags, trap even smaller microscopic particles
such as mold and mildew spores and dust mite byproducts, often
found to be a source of allergies.
- Make sure the vacuum belt is in good condition
and that the brush or beater brush rotates when in contact with
the carpet. To adjust the vacuum to the correct height setting
for the carpet, raise the beater brush to the highest setting
and then lower it until it contacts the pile enough to slightly
vibrate the carpet.