Carpets and rugs can be beautiful decorating statements, but when dust, grime, and stains start to build up, they may not seem lovely as all. It is, therefore, important to take good care of your carpets, so you can ensure both their beauty and their function last for a long time.
Here are a few simple tips for properly cleaning your carpets:
- Vacuum regularly. One of the culprits of carpet wear and tear is dirt buildup. Vacuuming regularly – at least once a week – well help prevent that from occurring.
- Keep your carpet dry. Too much dampness in the carpet will result in the buildup of mold and mildew, which will cause discoloration.
- Don’t rush when you vacuum. There are certain types of rugs that are prone to deep embedding of dirt, so a single pass of the vacuum may not be that effective in removing everything. Make sure you run the vacuum over each section several times to ensure an even, deep clean.
- Clean stains thoroughly as soon as you see them. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than old, dried stains, so when you just see your child spill milk on the carpet, dab the spill with a clean cloth immediately and then scrub the area with a carpet cleaning solution.
- Whenever possible, use mild cleaning agents. Tough cleaning agents can be too harsh for carpets, so only use them as a last resort for stubborn stains.
- Use baking soda to deodorize your carpet. Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet, let it stand for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
- When cleaning stains, do not pour water over them. This actually makes the stain worse because the water and the stain sink deeper into the carpet. Blot what you can with a dry cloth, and then follow up with a cleaning solution.
- To remove long hairs from your carpet, use a long brush. Simply move the brush back and forth and the hair will latch onto it.
- Use natural ingredients when cleaning your carpet. Vinegar, lemon, and baking soda are quite effective at removing stains.