05 Apr Tips to keep your carpets looking good and smelling fresh
Are you tired of dealing with dirty carpets?
Would you like to know some basic tips to keep your carpets and rugs clean?
Carpets, like cars, need to be well maintained in order to enjoy a clean and healthy environment.
The good news is that we can have a clean and healthy environment by following these tips:
1.- Ditch the shoes
Wearing shoes in the house increases the amount of dirt and mess you track in over your lovely, clean carpets. Shoes also have a harder tread than slippers (and certainly harder than bare feet or socks), and will wear down your carpets faster.
2.- Vacuum regularly and well
Regular vacuuming is a simple way to keep your carpets cleaner for longer. You’ll see a difference in carpet cleanliness if you vacuum one or two times a week. Regular vacuuming picks up dirt and stops it from getting trodden in.
3.- Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning twice a year
Instead of waiting until your carpet looks dirty, make a twice-yearly note on your planner or calendar to give your carpets a proper deep clean. Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner Company for the best possible finish.
4.- Avoid carpet powders.
Powders are often sold to eliminate unwanted scents on the carpet. However, such powders leave residue in the carpet which can damage it over time. Stick to baking soda if you want to remove an unwanted smell. If there is a particularly bad smell that does not come out with baking soda, use powder very sparingly.
5.- Dealing with spills immediately
Even minor spills can quickly turn into stains if left untreated. One trick to keep your carpet looking new is to deal with any spill as soon as it happens so it doesn’t have time to set in. If it’s a food-based or other organic stain that’s started to smell, you can use detergent and cold water to break it down. Soak up as much of the water as possible, let it dry and then apply baking soda. Let it sit overnight to pull up as much of the stain as possible and then vacuum it up. You can also use commercial grade spot-stain removers, but be sure to follow the directions exactly. These products are powerful and can damage carpets if too much is used.
6.- Change or Clean Your Air Filters.
The more dust and particles removed by your air filter, the fewer will fall on your carpet (and tables, chairs, bed, etc). Did you know a dirty air filter causes your HVAC system to work extra hard and use more energy? That’s no good for your furnace or your wallet. It’s recommended you change your air filters every 90 days; and if you have dog or cat in the home, change them every 60 days.