Home carpets are one of the best investments you can make to ensure those winter months don’t pinch your toes. Carpets can bring so much coziness into our lives and spaces, but they can also bring heartbreaks and tears if they get ruined or dirty. If your home has wall-to-wall carpets, any damage may result in the entire carpet needing replacement. (ouch)
So that means keeping clean and fresh carpets should be at the top of your priorities list when it comes to inside maintenance. Thankfully, a local pro by the name of Robert Muller from Carpet Cleaners Cape Town has advised the following for keeping a clean carpet:
Keep Out The Shoes
In the oriental East, it is common practice to leave shoes outside before you enter the home. In the West, most of us are in the nasty habit of bringing our shoes into our bathrooms and over our carpets. There are studies that show that shoes become dirtier than toilet seats, so it would make sense to leave them outside, right?
Aside from dirt, wearing shoes with tread will wear down your carpets way faster.
Use A Rug For Protection
Using an old attractive rug can really save your carpet from wear and tear. The rug will also need some cleaning every now and again, but it won’t be costing you an arm and a leg to replace.
Vacuuming the carpet consistently can really help you keep a clean carpet. Vacuuming three times per week will show you a significant difference, given that you’re using a vacuum that work effectively. Vacuums help pick dirt up from the carpet and small debris which would be too hard to sweep up.
When you vacuum, do it slowly as to pick up all the small dirt.
Get The Stain Away!
Stains become worse the longer they’re left to fester on a surface. The longer you leave the stain on the carpet, the more challenging it will become to clean it later on.
When you notice a stain, remove it as fast as you can. Never rub a stain away, but rather blot and jab the stain with a wet towel and pat it dry with another dry towel. If therue is a solid piece of debris stuck on your carpet, use a knife to remove it first.
Have An Emergency Cleaning Kit
If your carpet receives a stain, there are some simple yet effective cleaning items you can keep on hand to remove it quickly.
- Use a run-of-the-mill carpet stain remover for stubborn stains.
- Bicarbonate soda can be used for alcohol stains.
- Shaving cream has been shown to work as a DIY stain remover.
- Use ice cubes for removing chewing gum from the carpet. Ice cubes freeze the gum, making it easier to remove.
- For blood stains, use hydrogen peroxide.