While wooden or tiled floors may need sweeping and polishing from time to time, carpeted floors need a whole lot more. They’re prone to collecting dirt, bed bug infestation, and dust which may cause allergic reactions. So, having them professionally cleaned once a month is not enough. Take care of your carpet better. Don’t wait around and let them start changing color before you do something. Try out these cleaning tips you can do on your own:
1 RUN THE VACUUM THROUGH YOUR CARPETING REGULARLY
As soon as you step inside the house, the dirt from your shoes can latch on to the fibers of the carpet and lead to discoloration and cause damage. To prevent the build-up, run your vacuum regularly, especially those with heavy foot traffic such as the entrance and living room which can get dirtier quicker. You may also want to adjust the height of the vacuum’s roller brush. If it’s set too high, then it may not be as effective in picking up the dirt. However, if it’s too low, then it can damage the carpet and even cause bald spots.
2 PLACE A WALK-OFF MAT IN YOUR DOORSTEP
Walk-off mats are not just pretty decorations used to welcome you home from a long day at work. They also serve to remove the dirt from your shoes and prevent it from staining the carpet. So, don’t just pick them based on appearance. Go for coarse-textured mats with water-absorbent capabilities. And remember to scrub your shoes on the matt before even entering the house to keep the dirt away and your carpet immaculate.
3 SPOT CLEAN STAINS
The most important thing about spot cleaning is that you don’t scrub the carpet. Scrubbing is very harmful to the material because it can cause the fibers to become fuzzy. If you’re spot cleaning, the recommended motion is to blot the stained spot. Start from the outside where there is less stain then work yourself to the center. Sometimes the water is enough. But if it’s not, then you may try homemade cleaning recipes using vinegar or commercial cleaning products.
4 LET YOUR CARPET DRY THOROUGHLY AFTER A WASH
If you decide to skip calling the professionals and prefer doing things yourself by renting a carpet shampooer you should be warned that running it over the carpet is only half the battle.
There’s also the drying out which takes longer. Carpets can be absorbent and therefore prone to developing mold and mildew. These are serious health hazards which can leave long-lasting damage to the house.
You can avoid them by keeping your windows open after washing the carpet. You may also want to use a dehumidifier, fan, or turn on the air-conditioning unit to speed up the drying process and remove excess moisture. Wait for at least 6 to 10 hours, depending on the size of the carpeted room, before stepping on the carpet or placing your furniture back.