How to Keep Carpets Cleaner; Longer. A 7-Step Guide.
Keeping your carpets clean is a crucial part of maintaining a beautiful and healthy home. Dirty carpets are not only unsightly, but they also can hold enormous amounts of dirt, insects, and allergens.
Properly caring for your carpets will not only keep them clean, but it will also keep allergens out of the air that you breathe every day.
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Below, we give a 7-step guide (and one bonus item) to helping you care for your carpets and keep them cleaner over a longer timeframe.
- Use a mat or rug at every home entrance. Many homes have welcome mats outside their front door. But you should also have a mat or a rug inside the front door. Furthermore, you should have mats or rugs inside and outside of every entrance to your home. This prevents the dirt from your shoes from transferring to the carpet. Instead, the dirt will transfer to the mat or rug; which is much easier to clean.
- Take your shoes off before walking on the carpet. Many people wear shoes in their homes. While this might be very comfortable, it’s very bad for your carpet. Even when you think your shoes are clean, they are probably still hiding some dirt. The more you wear shoes while walking on your carpet, the more dirt will transfer into your carpet. To avoid this problem, take your shoes off immediately after entering your home.
- Vacuum daily. Yes, you read that right. Vacuum every single day. Very few people do this. Most vacuum only once a week. That’s not enough to keep your carpets dirt-free. Not only will vacuuming daily keep more dirt out of your carpet, but it will also help improve the lifespan of your carpet. Abrasion--the scarring of carpet fibers--is mostly caused by walking on dirty carpet and is the primary cause of carpets beginning to look “worn out.”
- Vacuum correctly. Don’t speed through the vacuuming process. The entire carpet should be vacuumed. This includes rooms that are never used and low-traffic areas. Dirt will get into your carpets whether you walk on it or not. When vacuuming over high-traffic areas, make sure to empty the canister (for bagless vacuums), replace the bag when it is half full (for bagged vacuums), and start with a clean filter. Also vacuum over high traffic areas twice and do it slowly.
- Change the position of your furniture every few months. This will change the wear patterns in your carpet to help it last longer. It will also help prevent the furniture indentations from becoming permanent.
- Professionally clean carpets once a year. Vacuuming will only do so much when it comes to dirt removal. Professional carpet cleaning will get out what is left behind. It can also greatly help at removing pet hair, pet odors, pet stains, allergens, insects, and other contaminants in your carpet.
- Avoid harsh cleaners and stain removers. Sometimes, the mild stuff won’t do the trick. In that case, you might have little choice but to turn to a harsh cleaner. But if these cleaners--such as Resolve--can be avoided, it will be better. Many cleaners leave residue behind in the carpet that can be very difficult to remove. Some might even discolor or damage your carpet. These should be used as a last resort only.
Bonus: Prefer nylon carpet over olefin, polypropylene, or polyester. This may not be an option for you since you probably already have carpet in your home. In the event that you are installing or replacing carpet, however, don’t be talked into one of these budget carpet types. They simply aren’t as good, don’t last as long, and don’t respond to cleaning as well.