Carpets tend to attract dirt, stains, pet hair, mold and mildew. If you properly take care of your carpet, you can prevent mites, fleas and bedbugs.
Vacuum frequently. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner to suck the dirt deep from the carpet fibers, especially if you have a shag carpet or if you have cats or dogs.
- You should vacuum your home at least several times a week. If you have pets, you may need vacuum every day.
- Do not rush the process of vacuuming. Even high power vacuums need time to grab the dust, dirt and coat the base of the carpet fibers. You should vacuum the carpet more than once to make sure it is completely clean.
You should protect the busy areas of the carpet. If your carpet is in an area with high traffic like a kitchen or a hallway, they tend to have a lot of traffic. Consider protecting these areas with protective plastic mats. This way you will not be struggling to clean up clumps of dirt and grass every day.
- Protective plastic mats also have the advantage of allowing the carpet to be visible through the transparent plastic. They are a discreet way to protect your carpet from dirt.
Clean up spills immediately. If you let spillages entering your carpet and dry, it will be much harder to remove the debris. If you can clean up the spill immediately after the accident, you will save more time later.
- Use paper towels to absorb spill, then pour baking soda over the area and let it sit for 15 minutes. When completely dry, vacuum it.
- If someone spills wine or other liquids, add some sparkling water before spraying baking powder.
Know the proper technique for removing the oldest stains. It is sometimes impossible to treat a stain immediately. If you face an old stain of wine or coffee, do not worry; many carpets are pre-treated with stain resistant chemicals, so the spots are not difficult to remove. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray the area lightly. Then wipe clean. For deeper stains, saturate the area with vinegar or carpet cleaner, sprinkle baking powder, and vacuum the area once the baking powder is dry.
- Do not try to rub the stains on the carpet.
- Don’t spray the area with too much vinegar, water or any other liquid. If it gets too deep into the carpet, it could stimulate mold growth.
- Lighter-colored rugs can be cleaned effectively by applying a mixture of lemon and salt. Make a test applying the mixture in an inconspicuous area to make sure it does not stain your carpet.