Carpets are more than just decorative pieces. An unclean carpet can not only become an eyesore, but can also have an adverse effect on your home. An unclean carpet serves as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and molds that can trigger allergies.
A well-maintained carpet looks better and lasts longer. Here are some tips to keep your carpet looking new and smelling fresh.
Deal With the Stains Straight Away
The longer you allow a stain to set, the harder it will be to remove. The most effective way to prevent stubborn stains is by dealing with stains as soon as they occur. Gently scrape off solid dirt such as mud or food with a dull knife. Rub wine stains vigorously with a small, clean rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Blot and repeat until the spot is gone. When cleaning your carpet, always blot. Do not scrub as the stain may stick to the fabric rather than be lifted by the cloth or mop.
Regular vacuuming keeps carpets cleaner by preventing dirt and dust particles from getting into the fibers. Vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis is also one of the most effective ways to reduce wear and tear on it.
When vacuuming your carpet (especially when vacuuming high traffic areas), go slow. Do not set the height too high, as you won’t pick up all the dirt. To keep your carpet smelling fresh for longer, sprinkle some baking soda over your carpet before vacuuming. Allow it to settle for a few minutes before vacuuming.
Impose a No-shoe Policy
Shoes are constantly in close contact with germs and dirt. They have harder treads than slippers. Their hard surfaces can wear down carpets faster. Additionally, dirt brought in by shoes can get ground into carpet fabrics, damaging them over time. To prevent this from happening, ask visitors and your family members to take off their shoes before entering your home.
Use Entrance Mats
Place entrance mats at all exits of your home and other high foot traffic areas. Though rugs need regular maintenance, deep cleaning a rug is much easier than cleaning a carpet. If you are worried about chair legs or the wheels on desk chairs damaging your carpet, use chair mats.
Deep Clean Twice a Year
Have your carpet deep cleaned by a carpet cleaning expert at least twice every year. Carpet companies in Sonoma use specialized cleaning equipment and time-tested methods to remove dirt from even hard-to-reach areas. Look for a carpet cleaning company that uses eco-friendly or green cleaning products.
Rugworks is the leading carpet company in Sonoma. We offer cost-effective, quality carpeting solutions. Whether you live in a no-frills condo or a luxurious bungalow, we have the right product for your home. To discuss your flooring ideas with one of our experts, call us at (707) 935-0648.