Flooring is one of the first things people notice when they enter a room. A dirty, worn out carpet will attract everyone’s attention, and not in a good way! Here is a list of five great steps anyone can take to ensure their carpets will look clean and fresh for years to come.
Vacuum Every Week
Dirt and other debris can get embedded deep in your carpets, and the longer it is left alone, the greater the odds of this happening. By vacuuming once a week, or even more frequently in high traffic areas, you can help prevent the need for more difficult and expensive cleaning jobs in the future.
Use a Doormat
Dirty shoes and carpets are not a good combination. Placing a coarse outdoor mat at your doorstep can remove most of the dirt from shoes before they enter the house. Keeping shoes off when indoors and using an indoor mat at the entrance for wet footwear will also keep the dirt and mud from spreading to the carpet.
Don’t Wait When a Spill Happens
When you leave a spill undealt with, it can become more and more difficult to remove later, even with the right cleaning products. Clean the area as soon as possible to keep the spill from becoming a permanent stain. To start, remove as much of the spill as you can by blotting it. Do not scrub the carpet, as this will do more damage than good. After most of the spill has been removed, use a towel and small amount of water and continue blotting.
Give Your Pet a Rug
Place a rug in an area of your house where your pet prefers to lay. This will prevent oil from your pet’s hair from transferring to your carpet.
Hire Professional Cleaners
It is best to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least every one or two years. Most professionals prefer hot water extraction, also known as steam cleaning, which uses pressurized hot water to deep clean carpets. This method is a more thorough way to clean and is the best way to remove more stubborn dirt and grime. Pro cleaners also have the proper tools and specialized products for spot cleaning areas that are especially visible and hard to clean.
Keep Your Carpets in Tip-top Condition
Your carpets won’t last forever. Life happens. Food spills. Kids (and adults) track in mud. Not everything can be prevented, but the above tips are a great place to start. Taking these preventative measures will save you time and money in the end, and will keep your floors looking new much longer. Do you have any carpet cleaning tips to share? Be sure to leave a comment below!