How to Take Proper Care of Your Carpet

Having a carpet installed in your home is a big expense, which is why you’ll need to properly maintain your carpet so it lasts for years. Having a clean carpet also means you and the other members of your household are living in a healthy environment.

While it’s recommended that you vacuum your carpet at least once a week or every two weeks, depending on the foot traffic your carpet receives on a daily basis, regular vacuuming alone isn’t going to help maintain your carpet’s cleanliness. Of course, vacuuming your carpet regularly does help. It keeps the dirt from becoming embedded into the carpet fibers. For carpet areas that receive lots of foot traffic, slowly move the vacuum back and forth over it and side to side at least seven times. You can do fewer in areas that receive less foot traffic.

Carpet cleaning doesn’t stop at mere vacuuming. There are other carpet cleaning methods for properly maintaining and caring for carpets. One of the more popular carpet cleaning methods is shampooing. With this method, you spray a shampoo solution onto the carpet to loosen and absorb deep-down dirt. Let the carpet dry before vacuuming. Another popular carpet cleaning method is steam cleaning, which uses a steam-cleaning machine. A liquid-based Cleaning agent is used and this works to bring up the deep-seated dirt to the surface.

Shampooing and steam cleaning are effective ways of getting the dirt, debris, and other residues out of the carpet. But you also need to contend with carpet stains. No matter how hard you try, there’s no way to avoid stains. At some point, someone is going to walk on the carpet wearing muddy shoes, spill a drink or drop food. What do you do then? The key is the quick response: as soon as a stain hits the carpet, try to get it out quickly. The longer liquid is left on the carpet, the more it will set in and will be harder to get out.

However, when cleaning carpet stain, avoid rubbing the carpet fibers. Instead, try blotting up any of the extra liquids as much as you possibly can. If you rub the carpet, the fibers will weaken and it may create a worn spot. You can use commercial carpet cleaners to remove stains in your carpet but homemade remedies work just as well, and they’re inexpensive too. For instance, use club soda to blot up a stain. Place a few drops of club soda on the stained area and use a clean dry cloth for blotting. For removing oil spots, sprinkle some baking soda and corn starch on the area and leave it for a few minutes before vacuuming. To remove coffee and chocolate stains, use vinegar.

It’s important that you know how to clean your carpet once it gets dirty, but it’s also important that you know simple things to keep your carpet clean. For instance, make your home “shoe-free.” Make it a rule for everyone entering your home or any carpeted area in your home to remove their shoes at the door. However, while shoes can ruin carpets, bare feet can also do the same. So along with your “shoe-free” home rule, add in another rule: the “socks and slippers only” rule. Ask household members to wear either socks or slippers in the house.

If you don’t have it already, buy an entrance mat and place it by the front door. Get a big enough entrance mat that anyone entering your home will be able to get in, wipe their shoes, close the door and take their shoes off. It’s a good idea to put a mat outside the door too. People can wipe off the larger dirt particles before they enter. Keep a close eye on these mats, though. They do have their saturation point. When your mats are no longer able to hold any more dirt, the dirt is going to enter your house and land on your carpet anyway.

Remember to maintain and care for your carpets. It’s much more expensive to replace a ruined carpet than putting some effort into keeping it clean and well cared for.