If your whole house is spotless, a grimy and dirty carpet sticks out like a sore thumb. And God forbid it if it smells. It could ruin the entire atmosphere of your home. On the other hand, if your carpet looks immaculate and smells fresh, it makes your whole house feel that much more hygienic and cleaner.
In an ideal world, your carpeting would stay pristine, but carpets get dirty and stained with time. It’s unavoidable. With every spill, your carpet gets one step closer to becoming dingy and shabby.
Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow and some strategies you can implement to keep your carpet looking and smelling like new for a more extended period.
Let’s take a closer look.
Once dirt and debris get lodged in your carpet, it can easily damage it over time as it’s walked over. Just by vacuuming thoroughly once every week, you can suck up this dust, which keeps your carpet cleaner. It’s essential that you don’t miss any area, particularly the areas that are hard to reach – under the furniture, for instance.
You should also vacuum slowly for best results because a quick once over will not suck up most of the dirt.
If your carpet is malodorous, you can try scattering a bit of baking soda on it and then vacuum over it. The baking soda will absorb the odor and will keep your carpet smelling fresh.
Tackle spills and stains right away
Any liquid substance can set in pretty quickly inside the carpeting and can be very hard to remove once it has. The simplest solution to this problem is cleaning the stain or spill as soon as you encounter it. Use a cleaner – either chemical based or natural and blot out the spill as best you can. After that, you can vacuum the area.
One caveat though. Refrain from rubbing the stain. If you do, you’ll only make the problem worse because the stain will seep into the carpet. Instead, use blotting movements to lift the stain.
Take off your shoes
If your family members or guests wear shoes on the carpeting, they’ll track in dirt and debris from the outside. This reason is why it is a good practice to take your shoes off away from the carpeting.
Shoes don’t just introduce dirt into your carpet. Their harder soles wear out your carpet much faster than slippers or socks would.
Don’t drink or eat near your carpet
Bringing food items and beverages, wine and juices in particular, near your carpeting can often spell disaster. It is smarter to prevent your carpet from getting stained than it is to deal with stains.