Brand new carpets are incredibly satisfying to look at, aren’t they? The lack of pet hair, dirt and ugly stains on them leave you motivated to do all in your power to maintain that level of cleanliness and beautiful appearance! Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done!
In rooms with heavy foot traffic or a lot of family activity, dirt and wearing of carpets is inevitable. With that said, there are a couple of preventative measures you can take, as well as some cleaning tips that will help keep your carpets looking as good as new for years to come! Read on to find out our top five, foolproof ways to maintain clean carpets in your home.
Don’t Drag Dirt into Your House!
Your footwear encounters all sorts of outdoor dirt and debris which eventually get tracked in and spread around your floors and carpets. In fact, much of the dirt on your floors is likely to be contributed by dirty shoes! Therefore, a simple way to counter this problem is by keeping a shoe rack at your front door where you can quickly remove your footwear and slip on a pair of clean, comfortable house slippers! It also helps to have doormats at every entrance of your house so that guests can wipe off dirt from their footwear before coming in.
Clean up Spills Immediately!
9/10 carpet stains can be prevented if they are treated immediately. Unfortunately, not everyone is well-versed in tackling different types of carpet spills! In fact, most homeowners end up frantically wiping up spills with paper towels which isn’t always the best idea (this can spread some spills around instead of removing them). So, with that said, we strongly advise taking the time out to learn more about different carpet spills and how to deal with them. Consider taking printouts of your research and keep them in a kitchen drawer so that you have all the information on hand for when you need it. This will allow you to refer to a removal guide and take quick action before the stain can set. Remember, knowledge is power!
Clever Carpet Placement!
In order for a carpet to look appealing, it needs to be in the right place. However, a room could have more than one “right” spot for a carpet; therefore, it’s up to you to pick an area that encounters the least foot traffic. If you have kids and pets, avoid placing carpets where they are most active (especially in your living/sitting room). The size of a carpet should also be considered when choosing a place to put it. For example, a small carpet that is spread underneath a coffee or centre table will not stick out much and hence, there will be less foot traffic on it.
Carpet Protectors for Parties!
When you throw a house party for your friends and family, you have food, drinks and people constantly moving around; this is never a good combination for carpets! Spills are inevitable and the excess foot traffic can really take its toll on your carpet fibres. So, the next time you’re thinking about having a party, consider applying a protector to keep your carpets safe and stain-free. Most carpet protectors come in the form of a transparent adhesive film which you can easily apply to the carpet yourself. They have their own instructions to follow with regard to application and safe removal and do an excellent job at protecting carpets from stains and damaging of fibres!
Regardless of what measures you take, it’s impossible to keep dirt and dust off your carpets at all times; therefore, vacuuming on a daily basis is absolutely necessary! Of course, with the passing of time, even well-maintained carpets begin to look old and dull. Nevertheless, you can prolong that clean, brand new appearance by simply deep cleaning your carpets every few months. For this, it’s advisable to call in a professional carpet cleaning service as it’s hard for the average homeowner to achieve desirable results without the use of proper techniques, products and machinery.
Regardless of how old your carpets are, it’s not too late to give them a deep clean and maintain them using the tips above!