Despite your best efforts, your carpet sadly can’t stay clean forever. Someone, at some point, will probably drop the spaghetti sauce, the red wine, or the dreaded can of coke all over your beautiful carpet, and it’s all over after that. Even if the worst case scenario doesn’t happen, and no apocalyptic spill ever happens, your carpet will still be subject to the day to day grind of foot traffic, crumbs, and dirty feet tracking in stains. Your carpet is clearly doomed no matter what you do.
Or, is it? Carpets don’t necessarily have to be sentenced to a sad, dirty fate. Believe it or not, there are absolutely ways that you can protect and maintain your carpet to keep it looking like new for as long as possible. The trick is, you’ve just got to have the right information. Lucky for you, below are five of the simplest ways for you to keep your carpets looking like you just installed them. And, no, you don’t have to cover them all with plastic or simply never walk on them again.
- Hire carpet cleaners
We know that you’ve heard this one before. You hear the advertising on the radio, the television, and from your annoying neighbor next door. If you’re like many people, you might be skeptical about the price of carpet cleaning and how much it actually works, considering how much you’ll be paying. And, since you don’t know how well it’ll work until after it’s done, you do have some reason to be skeptical.
The truth is, however, there’s a reason why there are hundreds of professional carpet cleaners and all those advertisements you see all the time. Turns out, professional carpet cleaners can get your carpets cleaner than pretty much anything. They have the equipment, the materials, and the expertise to target your carpet’s stains and get it looking fresh and clean.
While you’re bringing in a carpet cleaner, you might want to see if they can do a multi room deal, or multi surface deal as well. You might even be able to get that upholstery cleaning that you’ve been wanting for so long, to really get your home looking beautiful.
When choosing a carpet cleaner, you’ll want to look for one that offers some sort of guarantee on the cleanliness of your carpets. That way, if you aren’t satisfied when they leave, you’ll be able to push back. Also look for one that uses the type of cleaning chemicals, or no type of chemicals at all, depending on what you’re looking for.
- Do it yourself cleaning in between
Since hiring carpet cleaners every month or so isn’t really an option for most people, you’ll need to find some ways to clean your carpet yourself as well.
One great option is to add baking soda and vinegar to your cleaning mechanism right before you clean. For example, if you’ve decided to hire a steam cleaner, and you have the ability to change the cleaning product, simply add some vinegar to the water mix, and you’ll have cleaner carpets in no time.
No matter what kind of cleaning mechanism you use, make sure you intensely vacuum the area first. If any dirt particles or dust is stuck in the carpet fibres before you steam clean, they’ll simply be pushed further into the carpet or even spread around, making the stain even worse. Think about a spot of mud or dirt, and how much worse it looks when you add water to it. Try and avoid that by getting all the dirt and mud off your carpet first.
- Clean spills immediately
One of the most important aspects of keeping your carpet clean and looking like new is to always clean spills and spots immediately. One spill, left untreated, can single handedly destroy the look of your carpet. To make things easier, keep a spill kit nearby, and in every room that has carpet.
A good spill kit should include a strong spot cleaner, and something to soak up the stain. Depending on what was spilled, you might also want something to scrape up any excess first before using your stain remover. The key to soaking up a stain is to blot thoroughly after applying your stain remover. For some more help on stains, take a look at this article which also provides some DIY stain remover ideas.
- Keep your equipment up to date
You may think you’re doing a great job at keeping stains at bay and vacuuming regularly, but if you’re using old or bad equipment, all your efforts might be going to waste. Make sure your vacuum is actually picking up the deep dirt and particles found in your carpet, versus just the surface things. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum, here’s a list of some of the best vacuums out there right now.
You should also regularly replace filters in your home, as dust can get in easily and land on your carpets, creating more work for you. Replace your vacuum filters and bags often as well, to make sure your vacuum is working at its highest potential.
- Know your carpet
You should know where spills are likely to take place in your home so that you can know where you’ll need to focus your carpet cleaning efforts. For example, in front of the TV, or near an entrance can have more foot traffic or more possibilities of spills, so arm those areas with extra carpet protection. You might want to throw a rug down on those areas to really protect it, or at least keep a spill kit nearby and add an extra few passes with your vacuum over the areas.
With these 5 steps, you are much more likely to have a carpet that stays looking new for longer. While again, it’s nearly impossible to keep your carpets perfect forever, at least now you’re armed with some simple ways to avoid having to change the carpet annually!