When it comes to a clean house, your carpets play a big role. If you have a house full of rugs or carpets, you know that your stain-free, clean, and soft carpet can get dirty and grubby pretty quickly. Your cleaning methods and daily habits can play an important role in caring for your carpets.
Depending on the type of carpets you have, below are some tips to help them look and smell good.
Buy good floor mats
The first key to keeping your carpets in good condition is to invest in good floor mats for all of your entrances. Make sure all family members, friends and guests wipe their shoes on the floor mats well before entering. Without floor mats, shoes bring dirt, grime and other residues to your carpets. Let your company take off your shoes during a visit to get the best results.
Remove spills immediately
If someone spills something on your carpet or your pet has an accident, it is important to clear up the mess as soon as possible. The longer you wait to clear the mess, the deeper it gets in your carpet fibers. The stain is more difficult to remove or can be permanent. Note that different types of carpets and stains require different cleaning methods and carpet cleaners.
Don't wear your shoes indoors
As mentioned above, no shoes in the house are the best way to keep your carpets clean and fresh all year round. If your family members don't like to go barefoot at home, you should wear a pair of inner shoes or slippers instead. Just make sure that the inner shoes are not worn on the outside.
Invest in a quality vacuum
Not all vacuum cleaners are created equal. You might 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 can withstand heavy use. While you don't have to go broke when buying a vacuum cleaner, read the online reviews before you buy. Some work best if you have pets, others are great if you have both carpets and hardwood floors to keep them clean.
When it comes to vacuuming, it is important to do this frequently and with appropriate techniques. Carpets should be vacuumed at least twice a week. In addition to the frequency of vacuuming, it is important that you do it properly. According to Martha Stewart, most dirt particles are removed by going through each point at least eight times. Of course, the actual frequency most depends on how much pedestrian traffic your carpets have. If you have pets, it may need to be vacuumed even more. If you don't find as much vacuuming time as you need, you should buy a robotic vacuum cleaner to close part of your gap between manual vacuuming.
Use the right cleaning techniques
In addition to the immediate cleaning of spills and stains and regular vacuuming, it is important to clean the carpet regularly. This will help make it look and smell fresh. Common products that you can use for cleaning are vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and others. These are great for freshening up your carpet and keeping it free of mold and aggressive chemicals. If you have children or pets, be careful with chemicals on the carpets that can be harmful.
Hire professional cleaners
One of the best ways to make your home carpets look, feel and smell optimally is to have them professionally cleaned. This should be done once a year. You can also rent a carpet cleaning machine from a local hardware store and make it yourself. However, you need to be sure that you know what you are doing. Improper steam cleaning can cause stains or mold and mildew to grow. You also need to worry about who last used the machine and whether it was properly cleaned.
These are the best ways to keep your carpets looking and smelling clean all year round. The better you look after your carpets, the longer your investment will last.
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