Even the best-made carpets start to look dingy over time and require maintenance before they need to be professionally cleaned again. It can be hard to determine how much regular maintenance you should do, but the right tips will help keep your carpet looking fresh between cleanings and save you money in the long run on costly carpet cleaning services. These 10 tips to maintain your carpet and keep it looking fresh will teach you everything you need to know about cleaning, maintaining, and caring for your carpets so that they look their best at all times without breaking the bank.
1) Vacuum Regularly
Daily vacuuming is the best way to keep dirt from becoming embedded in your carpet fibers. The best time of day for regular vacuuming is after people have left for work or school, as this is when dust accumulates in carpets most heavily. For improved cleaning results, use a vacuum cleaner with rotating beater bars and a bare floor nozzle attachment.
2) Roll it Up
Carpets are the foundation of a home. So it’s important that they look clean, especially if you have people coming over to visit. However, between professional cleanings, some maintenance is necessary so that your carpet will continue to look fresh.
3) Use A Little Water
Mopping is a fantastic way to clean your floors, but it’s also a great tool for maintaining your carpet. Use a little water in the mop bucket, like two cups worth of tap water for every two cups of cleaner in the bucket. Then, run the mop across your floor as you would with just a towel.
4) Spot Treat Spots Immediately
To reduce the amount of spots you’ll see on your carpet, don’t wait for them to dry. Instead, wipe up the spot with a towel or rag. To get into crevices in the rug or grout lines, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. If you have difficult-to-reach places like couches and window sills, buy a spray bottle from your local drugstore filled with an equal mix of water and white vinegar.
5) Shake Out The Fur
If you’ve just completed a deep cleaning, or your pet is shedding season, it may seem like you have no choice but to vacuum all day. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the amount of fur that will get back onto your carpets. Start by taking off your shoes or changing out of work clothes when you come home.
6) Avoid Dark Colors and Non-Pet Odor Proofing
In order to protect your carpet, avoid non-pet odor proofing carpets (particularly black, brown, navy blue) that have the potential of staining. These colors also show more dirt than other lighter hues. Pet hair can be left behind on these surfaces as well. Always remember that it is important to clean up after your pet every time they go outside or into a room with a different type of flooring such as wood or tile.
7) Prefer Natural Fibers Over Synthetics
Synthetic fibers are cheaper, easier to maintain, and don’t trigger asthma. They also tend to show dirt more. But natural fibers are much better for your health, contain none of the toxic chemicals that many synthetic carpets do, and provide a sense of warmth in a room.
8) Speak To The Pros For Hard to Remove Stains
If you are seeking a way to remove tough stains like coffee, alcohol, or even a baby formula spill, there are few safe methods that will work. One of these is vinegar. Pour white distilled vinegar on the stain and wait 5-10 minutes before blotting the area with a paper towel or soft cloth. Avoid using colored rags because they could cause permanent color stains on your carpet fibers.
9) Clean Up After Pets And Children
It is often overlooked, but picking up after pets will not only keep your home fresh and clean, but it will also minimize the number of stains. Place designated containers for the litter box in each room in which a pet spends time. Never leave food out that can attract pests or that animals may be able to reach. Use lids on trash cans to limit the smell. Vacuum carpets as often as possible.
10) Know The Right Time To Call Professionals
It’s not uncommon for a family of five with pets to need professional help twice a year. When you are deciding when is the right time, there are some basic guidelines that can help you decide. Consider these questions:
-Are you considering replacing your carpet? -Is your home or office likely to be vacant for an extended period of time (at least 2 weeks)? -Is the dry weather seasonal? -Are there any signs of wear, such as stains or pet dander buildup?