Last time, we focused a lot on allergies, and how your carpet acts like a filter to keep indoor allergens like pollen, pet dander and germs from floating around in the air. Those allergens get brought in through an open door or window – by little more than a nice breeze – and when they hit a hard surface, they bounce right back up into the air. But when they hit your carpets, they get caught in the fibers and stay on the ground, keeping you safe from a runny nose and itching eyes. Essentially, you can think of your carpets like remedies for allergies.
That being said, it’s not a perfect solution because there are some side effects to that remedy. The longer those particles stay in your carpet and get walked on, the more they start to scratch and wear down the individual fibers, causing your floors to start developing unsightly – and permanent – shadows. Furthermore, the longer you go without vacuuming, the more buildup you’re going to get, and eventually, that buildup of foreign particles can get so great that your carpet’s effectiveness as a filter begins to diminish. So what are you to do?
First, vacuum regularly. If you really want to be gung-ho, you can vacuum every other day, but in truth, a regular vacuuming once a week should be fine. Just make sure you empty the canister whenever it looks like it’s getting full; otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.
Secondly, get fiber protector reapplied. Most carpets come with a fiber protector already, but after a year or two, it wears away, leaving your carpets vulnerable. Here at Zerorez – Indianapolis, we’re able to reapply that same kind which was originally there, after your regular carpet cleaning, of course. While this protector gives your carpets a powerful level of stain resistance, it also adds a protective barrier to the individual fibers. Think of it like wax on your car, keeping those particles from scratching away and leaving that unsightly shadow.
But there’s something even cooler that the fiber protector does: it allows your vacuuming to be more powerful. You see, with a fiber protector, those allergens aren’t able to grip the carpet nearly as well, and this means that you’re able to get more out when you vacuum. And in case you’re wondering, the fiber protector does not keep your carpet from acting like a filter. The fibers still keep those allergens from floating around; they just don’t keep them away from the vacuum cleaner. So get your carpets protected, and as always, stay clean, Indy.