Insight To Keeping Your Home Carpets Looking Clean And Stain-Free
Keeping your home's carpets clean requires regular maintenance and vigilance to remove accidental stains and built-up dirt. Here are some tips to help you keep them clean and odor-free:
Vacuum Up Dirt and Dust
The first step to cleaning and keeping clean your carpet is by implementing a regular vacuuming schedule. It is a good idea to vacuum your entire carpeting area at least once a week. Be sure to move furniture and vacuum beneath them during this cleaning, as they can collect dirt and dust and crumbs from food. Vacuum high-traffic areas on your carpeting several times during the week in between your full floor-vacuuming schedule.
Leaving dust and dirt in your carpets not only makes your floors dirty, but it also damages your carpet when the dirt particles remain, and you walk across the carpeting. Tiny particles of dust and dirt have sharp edges that scratch your carpeting fibers, making them look dull and dingy.
The next step in taking care of your home's carpets is to clean up spills and stains as soon as they occur. When you allow a stain to dry in your carpeting, it becomes more difficult to remove. When a spot occurs, pick up any particles of food from the carpeting with a spatula or other scraper tool, being careful to not press the stain further into the carpet's fibers.
Blot up excess moisture in the stain with a white towel or paper towel, pressing into the carpeting. It is important to never rub the carpeting stain because this can spread the spot further into the carpeting and make the spot larger.
To clean up pet stains, blot up the moisture with a towel, then spray on full-strength white vinegar onto the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Blot up the stain with a clean, dry towel.
If you discover a dried pet stain, saturate the stain with a little water, then spray on full-strength vinegar and liberally sprinkle baking soda onto the spot. Be sure you cover the visible stain and several inches around it with the vinegar and baking soda, as the stain can be larger below the carpeting fibers. Work the baking soda into the carpeting fibers until they are all coated. Let this sit for several hours, or overnight.
Last, use a carpet cleaner or a wet vacuum to spray the area with water, then suck up the baking soda and vinegar mixture, pulling up the odors. You can also use an enzymatic cleaner to treat the spots and remove odors.
Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner
Along with this do-it-yourself cleaning schedule, it can be beneficial to hire a professional carpet cleaner to fully clean your entire carpeting. This pulls up dirt that your vacuuming has missed and removes odors from the carpeting that settle over time.
Contact a vacuum cleaner dealer for more information and assistance.