Most dirt, and even dust takes the form of hard, dry particles which can be removed with a vacuum cleaner. When left in the carpet, these gritty, sharp particles abrade the pile of the carpet. Regular vacuuming literally extends your carpet’s life as well as enhancing its appearance, so the type of vacuum cleaner you use is important.

A vacuum’s performance will vary based on the carpet’s fiber type and construction. A good vacuum typically has features that allow you to adjust the height, beater bar rotation and fan speed.

Adjusting the height is the most important feature because this enables the machine to be used on a wide variety of carpet constructions. If you vacuum is set too high above the carpet surface, the carpet can’t attract the gritty soil below. If the setting is too low, the vacuum’s beater bar or brushes can “fuzz” the carpet’s surface, causing it to look worn and frayed.

Be sure to change the bag or empty the container often. Check the beater bars for burs and gouges to prevent damage to the surface of the carpet.

Reprinted with permission from Mohawk’s Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance Guide.
If you have questions about specific stains or general carpet care, please call Mohawk’s Tech Services at 888-387-9881 or visit MohawkFlooring.com – go to the “Care and Maintenance” section.