When maintaining your home, making your carpets and floors clean is among the most important chores. Cleaning your carpets on a regular basis will improve the hygiene, enhance the beauty of your home, and save you lots of money in the long run. If you clean your carpet properly and on a regular basis, it will likely last at least twice as long.
There are several ways to keep your carpet clean and they are easier than you think! All you’ll need is a bit of know-how, some inexpensive cleaning products and a proper vacuum. Follow these 5 tips and keep your carpet fresh-looking and clean!
Proper and Frequent Vacuuming
When we say frequent, we don’t mean daily. Once per week is quite enough if there’s not too much traffic on the carpet. Why should you vacuum on a regular basis? First, it will reduce the need for frequent washing. You’ll relieve your carpet of all the dust and other built-up particles that might damage it.
Make sure that you’re using a quality vacuum cleaner. Remember that the way you vacuum carpets is equally important. You need to get the right height – neither too high nor too low. If you position the vacuum too high, carpet won’t be cleaned properly and if it’s too low, the vacuum will damage the carpet.
Instant Stain Removal
When you spill something on a carpet, the rule is: “get the stain off as soon as you can”. Use a clean sponge or cloth and apply pressure to soak everything up, but do it gently. Never rub and scrub the stain – it will just push particles into fibers and make it even harder for you to remove it. Blot from the outter edges of the stain inward (not outward) and use stain removal chemicals.
Using baking soda is one of the most effective methods, but we recommend that you check the carpet warranty for a stain removal chart. It will help you to remove the stain safely and apply a suitable cleaning solution. Another cleaning tip: never use too much water.
Hire Professional Carpet Cleaners
You can easily vacuum carpets once per week, but washing them is a bit more complicated and time-consuming. To get rid of all dirt and to make sure that your carpet is properly disinfected, call a certified carpet cleaning service. Professional carpet cleaners will know which cleaning products are suitable for your carpet’s fabric.
Once ever 12-18 months is enough if you properly maintain your carpet. You might ask the service professional to clean your carpets with a steam cleaner. The carpets will dry much faster and you’ll avoid the possibility of mold growth.
Take Your Shoes Off
Taking your shoes off when you enter a home is a custom in many countries around the world. This smart habit will keep your carpet clean and the fabric looking fresh much longer. Research shows that it takes more than 15 steps to remove the dirt from your soles. Not only that – the soles will wear out a carpet and the dust will dull its color.
When you enter your home, always leave your shoes at the entrance or in the shoe cabinet – your carpet will thank you for it!
Use Mild Cleaning Products
We already mentioned the importance of gentle blotting. Well, gentle cleaning solutions are equally important. Aggressive cleaners are not just bad for your carpets – they pose threats to the occupants’ health as well. If possible, always choose natural cleaning solutions that aren’t toxic for the environment. You can try dry cleaning (again, it prevents the mold growth) and avoid standard cleaners as much as you can.
The main benefit of organic, green cleaners is that they don’t pollute the air and they won’t cause allergies. This is especially important if you have pets – in that case, pay special attention to the products you’re using!
Author Bio: Ivana is a home blogger with experience in interior design. She is currently working on a few projects for Cheap as Chips company.