How To Properly Clean And Care For Your Carpet
Getting new carpet is a major investment, so whether your carpet is new or old, you'll want to make sure you do what you can to keep it in good shape. There are plenty of little things you can do day in and day out to help prevent carpet damage. Plus, there are major, deep cleans that you can do once or twice a year. Learn more about how to keep your carpet looking fresh and clean for years to come.
There are two main techniques you can use at home to clean your carpets:
- Spot Cleaning: There are numerous carpet stain removers available that can work wonders on stains. Most of these are best to use right after a stain develops due to a spill or other accident. However, you can also use items found at home to get rid of older stains. Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Scrub this solution on the old stain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use an old towel to dab up any excess moisture at the end. Always be sure to try out this solution in a hidden area first to make sure it won’t affect the carpet color.
- Complete Cleaning: To clean the whole carpet, first try combining one part borax and two parts cornmeal. Sprinkle the mixture over the carpet and let it sit. After an hour, vacuum it up to get rid of dirt, light stains and odors. In addition, you can rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine for a deeper clean.
Many people find that getting their carpets cleaned once or twice a year makes a huge difference in the way their home looks. A professional can usually get carpets cleaner than a homeowner can with a store-bought or rented machine. Hiring a professional can also help get rid of stains and built-up dirt and dust.
When you want professional carpet cleaners to come to your home, make sure that they are working with a reputable company. You can ask about the training or certification process that workers have to go through. In addition, be wary of “too-good-to-be-true” low prices, since these are often an indicator of low quality services. Take your time in researching the company and ask for references to ensure a successful result.
Preventing Carpet Damage
By making a few simple changes to your routine, you can help preserve your carpet for years. Use these tips to help prevent carpet damage and keep your home’s floors looking great:
- Vacuum Regularly: It’s important to make sure you vacuum your floors at least once per week to prevent a buildup of dirt and dust. If you track a lot of dirt in, you may want to vacuum more often, especially in high traffic areas. Make sure you buy a high-quality vacuum with strong suction and an efficient vacuum filter. Don’t forget to sweep under furniture and along the baseboards.
- Take Off Your Shoes: Don’t wear your shoes in the house. Even if they seem relatively clean, they could carry small particles of dirt and grime that could get on your carpet.
- Lay Down Rugs: You can lay down a rug over your carpet in areas that get a lot of foot traffic. This helps to prevent creating an area where the carpet is dingier or more worn down. You can also use door mats near entrances to your home to help reduce the amount of dirt that’s tracked in.
- Snip Loose Threads: If you have a loose carpet thread, cut it with scissors so that it’s even with the carpet pile. This prevents the thread from getting caught on something and getting pulled, which could unravel part of the carpet.
- Steam Indentations: If you’ve had heavy furniture in an area for a long time, your carpet may have depressions from the weight of the furniture legs. To get rid of these indentations, hold a steam iron close to the carpet so that the steam reaches the surface. Do not let the iron touch the carpet to prevent melting or burning. After steaming the carpet, scrape them into place with a spoon.
With these simple steps, you can help to keep your carpet looking nice and new for many years. Even if you have older carpet, you may be surprised at just how much of a difference these tips and tricks can make in the appearance of your home’s floors.