For those times when guests forget to leave their shoes at the door…
Guest Post by Andrea Davis
Carpets make your home feel welcoming and cozy. But carpets also take a lot of abuse from day-to-day life. Here are five easy ways to keep your carpets clean.
#1 Buy a Good Vacuum
Your vacuum is your first line of defense against dirty carpets. Follow these tips to stay ahead of dust and dander:
- Look for vacuums with easy-to-empty canisters and strong suction.
- Vacuum at least once a week.
- Go slow and steady to ensure the vacuum is getting up dirt.
- Don’t ignore corners.
#2 Use Good Spot Cleaners
You can use a variety of spot cleaners to keep your carpets clean. Use the following around-the-house cleaners for DIY stain removers:
- Hydrogen peroxide foams up when it contacts blood. This lifts the stain and allows you to dab it away.
- Laundry detergent cuts grease and allows you to blot messes away.
- Shaving cream also helps to lift stains. Let the shaving cream set for 30 minutes and then blot it away with a dry cloth.
It’s important to remember to blot your carpet stains. Rubbing blemishes only spreads stain-causing liquids. Blotting uses a small amount of pressure to soak up the stain.
#3 Buy Organic Cleaners
Organic cleaners remove messes without using harmful chemicals. This is especially important for homes with small children or pets. The residue left behind by dangerous cleaners can pose a threat to certain family members. Also, many organic cleaners don’t leave behind strong chemical odors.
#4 Hire a Maid Service
One of the keys to keeping a clean carpet is staying ahead of the mess. Hiring a maid for several hours each week is a simple — and labor-free — way to keep your home spotless. Also, professional cleaning services remember to clean the easily forgotten areas of your home that can become major mess magnets.
#5 Time Your Cleanings
The early spring months are the best time to begin a deep clean of your carpets. You’ll be able to remove all the grime and dust that accumulates in the winter before the summer humidity arrives. Humidity traps moisture in your carpets and can cause mold and mildew growth.