Carpeting is a popular choice of flooring because it gives a warm feeling under the feet, especially in cold climates. Nonetheless, carpets tend to easily accumulate a lot of dirt compared to many other flooring types, thus can be quite a challenge to keep clean. Dirty carpets look unsightly, are a health hazard, and also wear faster.
If you have installed carpeting in your home, here is some useful advice you should follow to keep it clean and looking brand new.
Regularly vacuum your carpets with a high-quality vacuum cleaner
Because carpeting can conceal dirt particulates within its fibres so well, many homeowners often overlook the importance of regular vacuuming. While regular vacuuming alone is not enough to remove dried stains and ensure a deep down cleaning of dirty carpets, it does help to reduce the amount of dirt that is embedded in the carpets so that the deep cleaning job is much easier to perform. Plus, large quantities of dirt can quickly eat away your carpet material over time. Frequent vacuuming with a good vacuum cleaner helps minimise dirt levels and prolong the life of your carpets.
Your professional carpet cleaner can advise you on how often you should perform the vacuuming task – high-traffic areas will need to be vacuumed more often than other areas of the home.
Clean up spills straightaway
Spills should never be left to dry on your carpets. Spills turned dried stains are hard to remove and can even never go away in spite of your best efforts to clean them off. When it comes to cleaning spills from your carpets, it pays to act post-haste.
To lift out a stain, simply blot it, pat it with a damp sponge, work some stain removal cleaner on it, let the cleaner sit on the carpet for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer and then gently wipe off the stain with a wet sponge. Do not scrub off the stain because this can destroy your carpeting.
Limit the amount of dirt entering your home
Another effective way to prevent excessive dirt buildup on your carpeting is to stop the dirt from getting into your home and carpets in the first place. Use doormats to limit the amount of dirt that is carried into your home underfoot from outside and use rugs in areas of the home that experience high traffic. It is much easier to take the mats and rugs outside and dust them off.