Tips to Follow After Your Carpets and Upholstery Are Cleaned

Do’s and Don’ts

  • DO get air circulating. Open doors and windows or turn on air conditioner or fans.
  • DO try and stay off the carpet as much as possible until dry. If you need to walk on it be sure to wear clean rubber soled shoes or socks. No bare feet. Keep animals off until dry.
  • DO be careful when walking from damp carpet to tile floors. It is easy to slip and fall.
  • DO vacuum regularly, especially in traffic areas at least 3 to 4 times a week. (Wait until carpet has thoroughly dried at least 12-24 hours)
  • DO allow furniture that has been cleaned to dry overnight before using. Also, it should be vacuumed thoroughly after it’s dry.
  • DO NOT turn the heat on to dry the carpet. Heat will only keep moisture in the air. Air movement is what is needed to dry the carpet, not heat.
  • DO NOT place anything on the carpet while wet, as this could spot the carpet or cause it to mildew.
  • DO NOT wait too long to have carpets and upholstery cleaned. Carpet in heavily used areas should be cleaned every 6 months. Lower traffic areas should be cleaned every 12-18 months. Depending on the amount of use, furniture can go a year to two years between cleanings.

Remember– Proper maintenance could double the life of your carpet. The longer you wait to have carpets cleaned the less chance there is to restore it to its original condition.