Cleaning your Carpet on a Regular Basis
These are simple instructions that everyone with carpet should follow to keep their carpet clean for years to come.
Overall Cleaning on a Regular Basis: We recommend having your carpet professionally cleaned using a hot water extraction method (aka steam cleaning) every 12 to 18 months. Experienced, professional cleaners have specialized equipment that has more extraction power than do-it-yourself rental units. True professionals have made the investment in training to understand the equipment and to know the proper cleaning agents for the situation at hand. They are also more likely to recognize differences in fibers and carpet construction, and your carpet should dry more quickly with this method.
One way to locate a professional cleaner is to contact the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) at 1-800-835-4624. This organization maintains a national directory of independent professional cleaners who are trained and certified in a variety of cleaning specialties. Call and explain that you have purchased carpet from Empire Today, and be sure to ask for a cleaner near you who uses the hot water extraction system. If you decide to rent a steam cleaning machine and do it yourself, check several cleaning systems before making a selection. Most rental units available do not adequately clean and may actually damage carpet.