Keeping your carpet clean isn’t as hard as you may think. Check out this guide to learn how to keep your carpet clean.
Carpets are disgusting.
Ok, so maybe that line’s a bit of a stretch. But, carpets can indeed get pretty nasty if they aren’t maintained properly. Check out this infographic for more information on the dirty truth about carpets and indoor air quality.
Without decent cleaning, your carpet can collect everything from creepy crawlers to fecal matter. And, all that build-up can end up spreading throughout your house — if you don’t breath it in first!
Fortunately, keeping your carpet clean can be a breeze if you’re willing to invest a little time and effort.
Are you worried about what kind of nastiness may be lurking in your carpeting, but aren’t sure what to do about it? Don’t worry — we’re here to help.
Here’s your complete guide to keeping your carpet looking like new.
Start With a Clean Slate
If you just installed a brand new carpet or replaced your old carpeting, fantastic! Feel free to skip this section.
But, if you didn’t get new carpeting lately, don’t panic. Starting with a clean slate does not necessarily have to mean you should get a new carpet, it just means you should start with a clean one.
While you can deep clean your carpets yourself, you may want to consider bringing in a professional to do it for you.
The goal is to get your carpet as close to looking like new as you can. You want to remove as many stains as possible and clear out all the dirt and debris hiding below the surface.
Once you have a clean slate, you can begin taking preventative measures against your carpet getting dirty.
One of the most significant steps you can take is protecting any high traffic areas. And nothing protects the carpeting in a high traffic area quite like a runner.
A runner will take the brunt of the wear and tear that comes with people walking through common areas like hallways and doorways.
And unlike carpets, it’s much cheaper and easier to wash or replace a runner once it starts to show its age.
… And Rugs
While runners are great for protecting specific paths, their narrow designs aren’t meant to protect an entire room. You’ll need a rug for that!
Rugs and area rugs are the perfect way to protect the carpets in often-used spaces, like your living room. And, like runners, rugs are much easier to clean and replace than carpets are.
You should also consider putting doormats on both sides of every exterior door. These will help cut down on the amount of outside dirt and debris that get tracked into your home.
Even if you take precautions to protect your carpets, you can’t stop everything. Between outside dirt and your dander, after a while, your carpet is going to get a little dusty.
And, that’s why we have vacuum cleaners. But, odds are you aren’t using it enough.
Even if you live alone and don’t have any pets, you should make a habit out of vacuuming at least twice a week.
And, on top of that, you need to make sure you’re using the right kind of vacuum to get the job done right.
Your vacuum cleaner should have a roller brush to pull hair and debris loose from your carpet strands. It should also have a strong enough suction to reach the base of your carpet.
Finally, once you’re sure you have the right machine, you should empty it and clean its filters to make sure it keeps working like it’s supposed to.
Don’t Let Stains Sit
Spills happen, that’s just a fact of life. But, if you put off cleaning up after a spill, you could get stuck with a nasty, set-in stain.
There are plenty of tricks out there for removing everything from red wine to paint from your carpets. But, you can’t go wrong with investing in a reliable, all-purpose carpet cleaner.
Whatever method you decide to use, the key is to act as quickly as you can to clean up whatever spilled before it dries.
Even if you wipe your feet, there’s no guarantee that your doormat will be able to remove all the dirt and debris clinging to your shoes. And if you then wear your shoes indoors, you could track that dirt onto your carpet.
The only way to make sure you don’t bring any nastiness in with you is to leave the source of that dirt by the door.
Try to get in the habit of taking off your shoes whenever you enter your home. This simple act can help keep your carpets looking like new for years to come.
Plan for Your Pets
We may love our pets, but between dirty paws, constant shedding, and the occasional accident they can wreak havoc on our carpets.
And, short of barring them from any carpeted rooms, there’s not much we can do to stop them.
When it comes to keeping pets in carpeted rooms, the name of the game is “diligence.”
If your four-legged companion has an accident in the house, clean it up ASAP with a cleaner that is designed to take care of pet urine and feces.
When you have a pet, you should also vacuum more often.
Rather than twice a week, you should vacuum every day or every other day.
Finally, if your pet goes outside, you should try to get in the habit of wiping their paws before allowing them back in the house.
Leave It to the Pros
Finally, while simple day-to-day maintenance can keep your carpet looking like new longer, nothing beats a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning will help clear up and remove any set-in stains or dirt and debris that has settled deep in the fibers of your carpet.
And, even if you don’t think you need it, you should plan on deep cleaning your carpets at least twice a year.
While you can try to deep clean your carpets yourself, the only way to guarantee a thorough job is by bringing in a professional crew.
Professional carpet cleaners will have all the skills and tools needed to clean your carpets properly the first time. So, you won’t have to worry about missing any hidden grime.
Keeping Your Carpet Clean
If not maintained adequately, your carpeting can become a catch-all for a variety of nasty bugs and debris. By following this guide, you’ll be able to keep your carpet clean and looking like new for years to come.
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