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A river flows through it… now how to keep your carpets clean!

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Wooded Scene with river flowing over rocks If you haven't made time to explore any of the many rivers in North East Georgia I'd highly recommend it, just be aware it is hard to go only once.

Our section of Northeast Georgia has some of the most scenic rivers in America.   We can within minutes be on the river and lost in the grandeur of creation.   Whether fishing, kayaking, tubing or just splashing under a waterfall, our rivers have much fun to offer.

The rivers that flow through us include the Savannah, Tugaloo, Seneca, Oconee, Broad, Middle, North Fork, South Fork, Chattooga, Tallulah, and the Coleman.   And of course, the hundreds of creeks and brooks that feed them.

Yet at the end of the day, we want that beauty to stay outside.  Kids, pets and all the fun gear can quickly track in mud, sand, grit and who know what onto our floors and carpets.

The tiny insoluble particles of outdoor soils can work their way into the weave or knit of any fabric.  Carpet and rugs are even more vulnerable as the weight of a footstep can grind soil deeper.

The first line of defense is walk off areas.  A large welcome mat outside and a small area rug on inside the door gives each guest a place to clean their feet prior to entering.

When carpets are dry, regular vacuuming will help keep soils from penetrating the carpet fibers.   The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) states that over 80% of dry soils can be removed thru proper vacuuming.

Some spot cleaning may be appropriate over time.  See our blog “Out Spot out!” for more specific information.

The IICRC states that all carpets should be professionally cleaned every two years or less depending on the amount of soiling.   Steam cleaning, shampooing, steam extraction, bonnet cleaning or rotary extraction are all effective methods to clean carpeting that has become dirty.

Your SERVPRO professional can recommend the best of our 5 quality cleaning methods to keep your carpets staying fresh and clean.

Enjoy the river and follow these cleaning tips to keep the outside where it belongs.

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