New carpet graced our home about 8 years ago, and since that time it has seen, food, soda, wine, juice, mud, dirt, throw up, and more. It has hosted parties, dance offs, sleep-overs, dog naps, and lots of family time. As you can imagine, it gets filthy and it’s not always easy to keep it looking nice.
Carpets trap dust, dirt, odors and even moisture. All providing the perfect breeding ground bacteria and mold. We all know that routine vacuuming helps, but there are several things you can do to keep your carpets looking their best and your home healthy.
How to Keep Your Carpets Clean:
- Vacuum weekly and high traffic areas at least twice a week to remove surface dirt and dust. Use a nice back and forth motion, not going too fast.
- Use welcome mats and rugs, both inside and outside of doors to reduce the amount of dirt brought into your home. Be sure to clean these rugs and mats on a regular basis
- Go shoeless in the house. Enforce the no shoes rule at all times and your carpet will definitely stay cleaner.
- Treat spots immediately. A stain that’s been let to set in, is much harder to remove later and can cause permanent damage
- Vacuum under area rugs periodically to remove loose dirt that may have gotten thru the rugs to your carpet.
- Clean carpets at least twice a year. Clean, disinfect and sanitize carpets, rugs, and upholstery with high-powered water extraction (be sure to check manufacturer’s care instruction).
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Keeping your carpet clean is the easiest way to ensure its longevity and beauty. Take the time an a little effort to treat it well, and it should last many years .
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