Whether you moved into a house that already had carpeted flooring or you’re thinking about adding some, there are several reasons why carpet is so beneficial. For one thing, it’s less expensive and easier to maintain than hardwood flooring. Also, if children or seniors live in your home, carpet can reduce the number of slips and falls that they may experience. Finally, carpets provide an extra layer of insulation, plus they are comfortable to walk and even lay on.
However, being that there’s a lot of daily traffic on the carpet, it’s important to know how to properly care and maintenance that type of flooring. If you’re interested in learning some of the ways that you can do that, here are five of them.
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Five Helpful Carpet Care and Maintenance Tips for Homeowners
Have a “no shoes” policy in the house.
The main reason why a lot of carpets get dirty so easily is that dirt and debris get brought in from the outside thanks to your shoes. That’s why it’s always a good idea to implement a “no shoes” policy. When it comes to the people inside of your house, make sure that they know to take off their shoes at the front (or back) door and to then take their shoes to their rooms. For your guests, have some socks in a basket that they can put on each time that they visit you.
Vacuum on a consistent basis.
Another thing that helps to reduce the amount of dirt, dust, debris, and dander that is on your carpet is to vacuum on a consistent basis. By making sure to carpet your floors 2-3 times a week, that can also keep your carpets in good condition. Also, if you pour a bit of baking soda on your carpets about an hour before vacuuming them, that will help to keep them fresh.
Remove spots as soon as you notice them.
Although it really is best that you keep eating and drinking to rooms that have file or hardwood flooring in them, if you do happen to spill something on your carpet or you notice a stain, it’s a good idea to clean it up as soon as possible. Remember that carpet is made of a mixture of synthetic fiber and wool. So, if you spill something on it and don’t clean it up, a stain is bound to set in.
Use the right cleaning products.
Speaking of stains and area-rug cleaning, it’s important that you know which cleaning products to use. Look for the kind of products that are made specifically for carpets. If you opt to use some kind of detergent, apply a minimal amount so that residue does not set in. Also, avoid oversaturating your carpet with water or the cleaning solution in the process. Eventually, that could lead to mold or bacteria growth.
Have your carpets professionally steamed.
When it comes to overall carpet care and also area rug cleaning, there’s one more thing that you should do so that your carpets can look their best. Have them professionally steamed twice a year. That will keep them looking like new.