Carpets are costly to replace. Lifting the look of your interior with new carpets makes a refreshing change, yet such an extravagant expense isn’t always financially viable. Make the most of your money and prolong the life of your flooring by taking proper care of your carpets.
Keep dirt at the front door
Prevention is better than cure, so develop and maintain good habits in the household. Start as you mean to go on and aim to prevent dirt from getting onto your carpet in the first place.
Use outdoor and indoor mats and runners to reduce the amount of dirt that reaches the carpets. Similarly, remove shoes to ensure as little muck as possible is trampled through the house. Keep socks on though, as the oils in your skin can stain the carpet and attract additional dirt.
It’s important to vacuum your carpets regularly to remove any dust and dirt. A regular once over with the vacuum cleaner will prevent dirt from becoming embedded in the carpet fibres. Heavily trafficked areas will require more thorough and regular vacuuming.
Likewise, if you have pets and children, then you’ll need to be well acquainted with your cleaner. Not only will regular vacuuming maintain the appearance of your flooring, it will also help eliminate allergens.
Prevent spills from developing into stubborn stains
Aim to tackle troublesome spillages as soon as they occur. Substances are always easier to remove if you can deal with them on the spot. Don’t scrub at stains. Instead, blot excess fluid with a clean, colourless paper towel or cloth and then treat the area with an appropriate detergent or stain removal product.
It’s equally important to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residue and to vacuum the carpet once it’s dry to return the texture of the fibres to normal.
Deep clean your carpets
A periodic, deep clean of the carpet can really refresh a room. Whether you enlist the help of professionals or opt to use a domestic carpet cleaner, a thorough clean will reap rewards. A carpet cleaner can reach deep grime and remove the dust particles that aggravate allergy sufferers.
Effective cleaning will also tackle stubborn stains, particularly when combined with complementary spot treatments. Unlike vacuuming alone, carpet cleaning will also help to eliminate unpleasant odours and refresh the room’s atmosphere.