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Three Quick Tips For Cleaning Your Berber Carpet

Soft, plush berber carpet can look stunning in your home – as long as you keep it clean. Cleaning a berber carpet requires a little more caution and attention to detail than cleaning other carpets. Follow these quick tips to ensure that your cleaning routine is getting your berber carpet as clean as possible without causing any damage.

Don't use a vacuum brush.

Vacuum brushes are handy for other types of carpet, but they can rip up and fray the delicate loop-style fibers of a berber carpet. Thus, it is best to use your vacuum on suction-only mode. Make sure the brushes are elevated to the point that they have little to no contact with the carpet.

Try baking soda and vinegar before resorting to chemical cleaners.

Some chemical carpet cleaners may bleach out or otherwise change the color of your berber carpet.  Thus, it is better to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to remove stains. Soak up as much of the staining liquid as possible, and then apply a mixture of 50% water and 50% white vinegar to the stain. Soak this up with paper towels or a clean towel, being careful to blot rather than rub. Then, sprinkle on a generous amount of baking soda, let it dry, and vacuum it up.

If this does not take care of the stain, then you may need to try a chemical stain remover. Make sure you test it out in an inconspicuous area (like under the sofa) to ensure that it doesn't change the color of your carpet.

Have it shampooed more often.

You can get away with having other types of carpet shampooed once a year or maybe even once every two years. However, the looped fibers of berber are particularly apt to be damaged by the friction that's created when there are dust and dirt fibers within them. Thus, it is a better idea to have your carpet shampooed more often. Try shampooing it yourself every 3 to 6 months and having a professional cleaning once per year. This will reduce the rate at which your carpet wears out.

By vacuuming properly, using natural stain removers when possible, and shampooing more often, you can keep your berber carpet in excellent condition. To learn more, speak to a representative of a carpet cleaning company such as Home & Commercial Cleaning Service. They might even be able to recommend some stain removers that are specifically designed not to change the color of your carpet.