It’s always noticeable walking into a home with clean carpets. A vibrant carpet can make the rest of the home seem clean, and can encourage better air quality throughout the home. Nobody likes deep cleaning or scrubbing carpets regularly to keep them clean, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep your carpets cleaner for longer.
Use Welcome Mats
Welcome mats are a great way to help eliminate up to 50% of the dirt and grime brought in from outdoors by your shoes. Entrances to the home are typically high-traffic areas, making it easier to soil the carpeted areas nearby. Additionally, they are a great way to add some personality to your home by having a decorative mat to welcome in visitors.
Use One In-Out Door
Using a single door to go in and out of the house can help limit the spread of outdoor soil from getting throughout the home. This will localize where outdoor dirt and grime may collect, making cleaning easier and focused on a single area.
Make Your Home a No-Shoe Zone
As mentioned before, shoes can bring in a considerable amount of dirt and grime into the house. Removing shoes at entrances can help prevent soil from spreading to other areas of the home. Additionally, this allows you to better enjoy the softness of the carpets throughout your home.
Vacuum on a Regular Basis
Vacuuming is one of the best ways to help keep a carpet clean. It helps to remove dirt and grime that may not be readily seen by the naked eye, and it gives your carpet a healthy brush up, stimulating the carpet fibers and making your carpets feel softer. In high traffic areas, carpeting may need regular vacuuming at least once a week (twice a week is recommended). However, for low traffic areas that are less prone to soil, weekly or bi-weekly vacuuming wouldn’t hurt.
When it comes to vacuuming carpets, it is important to know that the vacuum you use can make a substantial difference. The size and power of the vacuum is important to note. For small areas and crevices, a handheld vacuum would most likely be most appropriate. Whereas for large areas of carpet, a sturdy upright vac would be more ideal. Is is also important to remember to change the bag on the vacuum regularly. If your vacuum does not use a bag, make sure to empty the waste bin in the vacuum after each use to prevent unwanted dust from becoming airborne. For all types of vacuums, it is wise to clean the filter on a regular basis as well.
Snags in the Trim
At some point, most carpets will develop a snag somewhere. They are commonly seen in corners or areas where the carpet may end. When it comes to snags, it is important to NOT try to pull them out. The best way to handle a carpet snag is to use a pair of scissors to cut the snag as close to the root as possible.
Don’t Wait to Clean Stains
While this may seem like common knowledge, stains should be dealt with right away to prevent further damage to the carpet. The best way to deal with a stain is to blot the stain away, not by scrubbing it. Blotting with help lift the stain from the carpet, whereas scrubbing can rub the stain deeper into the fibers of the carpet. For sticky items, such as chewing gum, use ice cubes to harden the material and a dull knife to carefully pry it off the carpet.
Call Your Local Professionals for a Cleaning
While all of these tips will help keep your carpets cleaner longer, there is no sure-fire way to prevent dirt and grime from spreading to carpets throughout your home. One of the best ways to preserve your carpets is to get them professionally cleaned twice a year, once at the beginning of winter, and once at the beginning of summer. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we pride ourselves in our expertise on carpet health and longevity. For more information or to schedule a cleaning, give us a call at 619-284-4239 or visit our site cleanearthrestorations.com.