When it comes to a clean house, your carpets play a big role in it. If you have a house full of rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting, you know that your spot-free, clean, soft carpeting can get dirty and dingy rather quickly. Your cleaning methods and daily habits can play a significant role in how well your carpets are maintained.
Depending on the type of carpets you have, below are some tips for keeping them looking and smelling their best.
Buy Good Doormats
The first key to keeping your carpets in good condition is to invest in good doormats for all of your entrances. Be sure all family, friends and guests wipe their shoes well on the doormats before entering. Without doormats, shoes will bring in the dirt, grime and other residues onto your carpets. For best results, have your company take their shoes off when visiting.
Clean Up Spills Right Away
If someone spills something on your carpet or your pet has an accident, it is important to clean up the mess as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to clean up the mess, the more settled in it will get deep in your carpet fibers. The stain will be more difficult to remove or might be permanent. Keep in mind that different types of carpets and stains will require different cleaning methods and carpet cleaners.
Don’t Wear Your Shoes Inside
As stated above, no shoes in the house are the best course of action to keep your carpets clean and fresh all year long. If your family members do not like going barefoot at home, have a designated pair of inside shoes or slippers for them to wear instead. Just be sure the inside shoes don’t get worn outside.
Invest In A Quality Vacuum
Not all vacuums are created equal. You may be tempted to buy a cheap vacuum to save a little money, but if you have a lot of carpeting, you need a good vacuum that will hold up to heavy use. While you don’t have to go broke buying a vacuum, check out online reviews before you make your purchase. Some will work best if you have pets and others are great if you have both carpets and hardwood flooring to keep clean.
When it comes to vacuuming, it is essential to do it often and with proper techniques. Carpets should be vacuumed at least twice each week. On top of how often you vacuum, it is important to do it correctly. According to Martha Stewart, going over each spot at least eight times will get the most dirt and debris out. Of course, the actual number of times will depend most on how much foot traffic your carpets get. If you have pets, it may need to be vacuumed even more. If you cannot find the time to vacuum as much as you need to, consider purchasing a robot vacuum to pick up some of your slack between manual vacuuming.
Use Proper Cleaning Techniques
Aside from cleaning up spills and stains promptly and vacuuming regularly, it is important to clean the carpet regularly as well. This will help it look and smell fresh. Common products you can use to clean include vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and others. These are great for freshening up your carpet and keeping it free of mold and harsh chemicals. If you have children or pets, be careful using chemicals on the carpets that could be harmful.
Hire Professional Cleaners
One of the best ways to keep your home’s carpets looking, feeling and smelling their best is to have them professionally cleaned. This should be done once a year. You can also choose to rent a carpet cleaning machine from a local hardware store and do it yourself. However, you need to be sure you know what you’re doing. Improper steam cleaning could cause stains or mildew and mold to grow. You also have to worry about who used the machine last and if it was cleaned properly.
These are the top ways to keep your carpets looking and smelling clean throughout the year. The better you take care of your carpets, the longer your investment will last you.
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