Every homeowner wants to ensure that his or her home looks it’s very best at all times. How clean your carpets are can make a big difference as to how clean your home looks. You also want to minimize wear on your carpet, especially in high-traffic areas of your home. Worn carpets can be difficult to disguise and expensive to replace so it’s a good idea to take measures to prevent wear and keep your carpets clean as early as possible.
For many homeowners, maintaining carpets can be challenging. It can often seem like a never-ending task, trying to combat wear and dirt. However, by implementing a few simple tips, you can ensure that your carpets will look their best and stand the test of time.
Let’s take a look at seven simple steps you can start using today to keep your carpets clean and protected.
Lose The Shoes
Shoes are a carpet’s worst enemy as they drag dirt and debris into your home. Shoes are also much more hard-wearing on carpets than your bare feet, socks or slippers. Implement a ‘no shoes in the house’ rule, leave a shoe cabinet inside the front door, and encourage visitors to your home to follow your lead.
Use Rugs Strategically
Certain areas for your home like the hallway and the living room are natural high-traffic areas. The carpet in these areas of your home that experience more footfall should be given some added protection to extend the lifespan of your carpets. Consider adding a rug to these areas to absorb some of the damage.
Baking Soda Before Vacuuming
To keep your carpets smelling fresh for longer, sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda over your carpets before you begin. Simply allow it to sit for a few minutes and then continue vacuuming as normal.
Vacuum Well And Often
While not every homeowner enjoys home cleaning, it is necessary to vacuum regularly and thoroughly to keep your carpets looking clean and smelling great. Vacuuming your carpets at least three times a week will allow you to remove dirt before it gets mashed into the threads.
Tackle Stains Right Away
If someone spills on your carpet, it’s important that you take action as quickly as possible. The longer a stain is left to sit there, the more difficult it can be to remove. Remember to always blot the stains and avoid scrubbing as being overly vigorous can work the stain further into your carpet.
Schedule A Deep Clean
Carrying out a deep clean of all the carpets in your home about every six months is a great way to keep them clean and to prevent damage. The key is to be proactive. Rather than waiting until you feel your carpets require a deep clean, simply set a reminder to hire in a professional service or to rent a carpet cleaner and get to work yourself twice a year.
Choose Durable Carpets
Cheap, poorly made carpets will not be able to stand up to much traffic and will break down quickly over time. When you are selecting carpets for your home be sure to choose tough, durable, stain-resistant materials such as wool, nylon or loop pile to ensure they last as long as possible.
Protect Your Carpets And Keep Them Looking Fresh
Ensuring your carpet always looks clean, fresh and presentable is easier than you might think. Simply take the time to choose the right carpet for your home and look after it as time goes on. Laying down rugs for extra protection in high-traffic areas of your home can go a long way to helping to extend the life of your carpet, and be sure to clean up any spills as soon as they happen. With a little TLC, you can be sure that your carpet will be well-protected and always look its best.