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How to Choose the Best Carpet for Your Home and Keep It Clean With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Richmond

Are you finally making the time to embark on a renovation that you have always been talking about, however, never managed to get around to? Or perhaps you are lucky enough to be building a brand new home from scratch, and you are scrutinizing every decision to make sure everything is perfect? Either way, there is one important process you are considering - what is the right carpet choice for the job.

From the initial purchase of your carpet to the professional measurements and installation, to maintaining its cleanliness and lifespan with professional carpet cleaning in Richmond, the carpet you choose needs to be suitable and provide longevity.

With extensive experience in providing homes, both new and old with thorough carpet cleaning in Richmond, we here at Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner have seen it all. Stains that the homeowner was expecting to occur, stains that they were not. Marks that could be easily removed by the homeowner...and unfortunately, marks that couldn't.

To put our knowledge to good use, we have culminated our experiences providing carpet cleaning in Richmond to prepare an informational piece designed to help you not only choose the right carpet for your home but to help you maintain its cleanliness and quality.

What Is Your Budget?

It doesn't matter is you find the most stylish carpet that you have ever dreamed of, or you have managed to find a carpet which the sales agent swears is going to defend itself against the vast amounts of mud that your children are going to walk through your home. At the end of the day, your decision rests on your budget.

When preparing a budget, it's important to remember two essential items that we will outline below, and then delve into more detail.
  • Measurements. Exactly how much carpet do you need?
  • Underlay. What type of underlay will you be placing down before you install your carpet?


The first place to start is to gain an accurate measurement of just how much carpet you are going to need. Utilize floorplan modeling software which allows you to input your room measurements and work out how much carpet you will need. This will give you the right idea of just how much carpet you will need to purchase, and ultimately set the tone for your budget.


The underlay is a piece of fabric or padded material which rests between your bare floors and your carpet. Underlay provides two main benefits
  • Depending on your choice, it can provide a soft feeling for your feet as you, your family and your guests walk over your carpet. This can be especially important in a home where shoes are not allowed. A thicker underlay will provide a more 'cloud like' feeling as you walk whereas a sturdier underlay will give you more or a feeling of support.
  • If you are installing your carpet in a two or more story home, then the level of sound and vibration which travels between rooms can be determined by the type of underlay you purchase. A soft underlay can work to prevent the noise of footsteps from bothering residents underneath your newly carpeted room, where a thin underlay is likely to let them hear the stomping sounds as you walk.
The price of your underlay will depend on how important each of the above points are to you.

When you have decided on the above two considerations that you have a pretty good idea on the amount of money you will have left to spend on your carpet, which in turn is going to be a big determiner as to which type of carpet you can buy.

Choosing the Right Carpet Style for Your Home

When you are looking through carpet samples and catalogs for different types, colors, and style of carpets, there are two important aspects to address.
What kind of use and treatment is your carpet likely to expect
How much time are you willing to spend on your carpet cleaning in Richmond to remove ad hoc stains?

Expected Use and Treatment

If you have raised a lovely family of children who insist on bringing in every bit of mud they could find during the weekly sporting matches, or a partner who insists on using your home as a work-room, then these are instances to prepare for.

If this sounds like your home week in and week out, then your best choice for a new carpet is likely going to be a more durable model with short hair. These are often the most standard types of carpet you see installed in homes as they provide excellent resistance to damage due to the nature of their short hair.

Alternatively, if your home is going to be treated more delicately, with all guests required to remove their shoes before entering, then rejoice as your choice of carpets has expanded to include long haired carpets or fashion carpets. These types of carpets are not as effective at resisting damage caused by extensive foot traffic or heavy footwear, however are available in a wider range of textures and can provide a more luxurious look and feel.

How Much Carpet Cleaning in Richmond Are You Prepared to Do to Remove Ad Hoc Stains and Marks?

Now the big question - how much time in your busy day do you have to spend on  carpet cleaning in Richmond to remove ad hoc stains? If your home more closely resembles the example which allows for a longer haired carpet, unfortunately, there is a little more decision making to come.

While a long haired or fashion carpet can provide a luxurious look, it also comes at the cost of cleanliness. And while you are quite vigilant at ensuring only the smallest amount of dirt and debris make their way into your home and onto your carpet, when it does, a long haired carpet is going to show it visibly. Additionally, due to the nature of long haired carpets, spot cleaning is a process which requires delicate attention and time.

For this reason, and this reason alone, unless you are willing to allocate a decent amount of time to individual instances of carpet cleaning in Richmond to remove small stains and keep your carpets looking pristine, a long haired carpet may not suitable for your lifestyle.

Which brings us to short haired carpets. While they may not offer the look and feel of a long haired carpet, they are remarkably easier to spot clean and can require significantly less carpet cleaning in Richmond. The nature of a short fiber carpet makes it harder for dirt and debris to get caught and accumulate at the root of the carpet fiber. While a short haired carpet is still going to show dirt and debris, it is noticeably easier to clean and bring back to life.

There are always going to be stains and marks in your carpet which you just can't remove yourself. While many homeowners continue their attempts it often leads to damaged carpet fibers and a patch of carpet which is discolored. In these instances, speak with a professional at Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner at 804 324 6471 and arrange an appointment for a professional clean and stain removal service.

Able to use professional grade equipment, Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner can ensure your stains and marks are removed without an damage or discoloration.

What to Use When Vacuuming Your Carpet

With your new carpet chosen, it's time for us to give you some tips on how to keep it looking its best.

Let's start with the equipment that you will use during your carpet cleaning in Richmond.

If you have chosen a short haired carpet for your home then the standard vacuum attachment is going to do the job just fine. Whether it's a regular suction head or includes rotating bristles, the durability of a short haired carpet is going to keep it from wearing quickly under instances of standard vacuuming.

If you were lucky enough to have a long haired carpet, then you will need to pay more attention to what you use to keep it clean. Swap the regular vacuum attachment for a high-pile head or attachment with larger wheels to prevent the attachment from getting caught. In no case should you use a vacuum cleaner head with rotating brushes as this will do nothing but catch your fibers and pull them out as you vacuum.

Now Onto the Frequency You Should Be Vacuuming

Vacuuming your carpets should be set aside from the spot cleaning mentioned above because removing a small stain or mark doesn't require a full vacuum.
  • For high-traffic areas or if you have pets on your carpet, a daily vacuum can be a good way to maintain the appearance of the carpet and prevent the accumulation of debris or moisture at the root.
  • In the areas which see moderate foot-traffic, twice a week is a sufficient amount to keep these areas in good condition.
  • For areas which rarely see any foot or pet traffic and are mostly in rooms left unattended, a simple and light once a week clean should be sufficient to remove and dust that has accumulated.

Professional Carpet Cleaning in Richmond

We have kept this section separate from our advice above on vacuuming your carpets because professional carpet cleaning in Richmond provides a different service which you should utilize every two to three months.

Dissimilar to your regular vacuum, professional carpet cleaning in Richmond, such as the service provided by Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner involves the use of a purpose designed cleaning solution which has been created to work in close collaboration with the specific cleaning equipment used.

This cleaning solution not only thoroughly removes the dirt and grime in your carpets but also removes any residue which has been left over from other carpet cleaners so that your carpet stays cleaner for longer.

In conjunction with this fluid,  Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner use a cleaner which utilizes ION exchange. This system works differently to what you may know as a 'steam clean' in the fact that it does not wet the backing of your carpet and leaves your carpet free to walk on within 1 to 2 hours.

Together, this cleaning fluid and ION exchange process work to remove dirt, buildup, and stains thoroughly from your carpets at a level which even the most regular vacuuming can't achieve.

How to Get the Best Carpet Cleaning in Richmond

Using a traditional steam cleaner can damage your carpets through the use of excess moisture and require you to stay off your carpet for hours on end. Instead, speak with an expert at Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner by calling 804 324 6471 and book a convenient appointment for  carpet cleaning in Richmond using the ION exchange based CleanPro carpet cleaning system.

Local to you and always professional and friendly, Colonial Cleanpro - Carpet Cleaner are the best people to ensure that your carpets are not only cleaned thoroughly but are not damaged during the process and remain healthier for longer.

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(804) 324-6471