Keeping your carpet clean

Tips and tricks for keeping your carpet clean

Cleaning the carpets in your home can be quite a chore and can take several hours to get all of the dirt and dander properly removed. What’s worse is that if you don’t get in the habit of regularly cleaning, your carpets just seem to pick up dust in the blink of an eye. As tends to be the case, carpets can be located in certain areas of your home that are prone to getting dirty. This can be even more frustrating if you have kids, pets (or a not-so-clean spouse). It is easy to find yourself constantly vacuuming or picking up particles left around after the daily hustle and bustle and you get sucked into a cycle of constant cleaning. Deep-carpet cleaning is an important chore that needs to be done regularly as there are several bacteria than can get trapped inside the carpet that may be harmful when inhaled. Although deep-cleaning is critical in maintaining a safe and healthy household, there are several tips and tricks that you can implement to maintain a clean state of affairs in between your regularly scheduled deep cleaning routines.

Blot stains instead of rubbing–As much as you try, in a busy household it can be sometimes impossible to prevent stains for getting on the carpet. To be on the safe side there are a few preventable measures you can implement. For instance restrict eating to areas that do not have carpets in order to prevent food drippings from getting on the carpet. Additionally, where possible, place mats near the entrance of carpeted rooms to prevent as much dirt as possible outside from getting inside. However if, in spite of your efforts, you do find the occasional carpet stain don’t panic. The first thing is to determine what time of stain it is, whether food stain, dirt, wax etc. Once you have identified the type of stain assemble your cleaning solution and gently dab the area until the stain has diminished. Too often persons rush to rub the area with the solution which inadvertently makes it worse. Slowly dab the area with the solution so it removes the unsightly stains without causing further damage.

Try using homemade solutions to remove stains –There are several homemade solutions that are able to quickly remove stains. Not only are they effective but they are affordable and easy to administer. My number one go-to is a combination of vinegar and baking soda. For wine or food stains I sprinkle a tiny bit of baking soda on the affected area then dip a rag into a solution of warm water and vinegar and apply to the baking soda. The reaction of the vinegar to the baking soda creates a thick foam that helps to remove the stain. I find this especially helpful for notoriously difficult stains like blood, wine or juices. Additionally the solution is rather mild and will not cause further damage to the carpets unlike harsher chemicals like bleach. Another easy remedy to apply is hydrogen peroxide. When applied it helped to break up stains, making it easier to remove the stain afterwards with a deep cleaning. If you are in a bind and don’t have any carpet solution don’t be afraid, take a look around in your cupboard and grab some of these homemade solutions, you may find yourself surprised at how magnificently they work.

Use dishwashing soap to tackle grease–Grease stains can be a downright nightmare when trying to remove them. These stains leave a dark, oily mark that cannot be removed by water based solutions. The next time you find yourself tackling a grease stain, add some dish washing detergent to warm water and apply to the stained area. This may need to be repeated until the grease breaks down. This is a simple yet effective way to get rid of those dark grease stains and restore your carpet to its original state.

Don’t use too much water – too often when cleaning carpets persons soak the area in water to try and get rid of the stain. While we do recommend that you use water when cleaning stains, care must be taken not to soak the area. If water seeps and accumulates underneath the carpet and does not dry properly then it can lead to mold which is toxic when inhaled.  To prevent this from happening, ensure that the area is adequately ventilated to allow moisture to escape. Whethe rit’s opening the door or a window area, it can make huge difference, if you are not in a well-ventilated area try using an iron or dryer after cleaning to reduce the moisture. Mold and mildew is a serious issue that should be avoided at all costs.

Get a deodorizer to get rid of smells– If you have ever lived in a carpet area you know that the smells in the room can often be unbearable.A simple solution to this is to grab baking soda, sprinkle on the carpet then leave it for 24 hours. Once this is done vacuum up the baking soda and you will notice the smell will have lifted. If you are still not satisfied with the clean, contact a few professional carpet cleaners and have they shampoo the rug. Additionally if you feel up to the task, several companies rent out their shampooing machine for short periods of time. Ask around to see if there may be one in your neighbourhood.

Keeping carpets clean can feel downright impossible with a full household running a muck every day. Often times it is not possible to find the time to vacuum several times a week. Moreover, carpets have a tendency to collect and store harmful bacteria and dirt which can be a major cause of concern for any homeowner.Practicing these few tips and tricks on a regular basis can ensure that your carpet stays clean and fresh in between deep-cleaning. Taking the time to practice the habits on a regular basis can help reduce long lasting stains and damage to your carpets.