Thursday March 14, 2019
Carpets last anywhere from 1 to 15 years. It depends on the quality and amount of traffic the carpet endures. With proper treatment, you can stretch the life of your carpet and keep it looking new and smelling fresh.
Do you have new carpets? Keep reading and learn the secrets to keeping your carpets cleaner, fresher, and newer for years to come.
Cushy, Comfortable Carpets
Your home is your greatest asset. Keep everything in it fresh and new and you'll see greater appreciation. Carpets are a cozy addition for many rooms in the house. In the bedroom, they keep your feet warm. In the living room, it's fun for the kids to sit on a comfortable floor while playing or watching TV. It's not fun sitting on a smelly dirty carpet. High traffic, kids, and pets are a challenge to keeping carpets clean. But once you know these secrets, your carpets will look and feel better.
Remove Your Shoes
The Japanese always remove their shoes when entering their homes. This is because they eat and sleep on mats on the floor, so clean floors are crucial. Removing your shoes before entering the house is simple. And it reaps huge dividends in keeping the house clean. It's especially important for the kids since they love jumping in the mud and don't avoid stepping in the dirt the way adults do.
Don't Skimp on Vacuuming
You might not like to vacuum, but it's important to do it on a routine basis. This means at least three times per week. Vacuum immediately if someone drags in obvious dirt. Change your bags and filters regularly. This maintains good suction in the vacuum cleaner. Getting the dirt up as soon as it's deposited means it won't get trodden deep into the carpet. Don't be in a hurry when you're vacuuming. Go slow. Move in a back-and-forth motion in overlapping lanes. Sprinkling a little baking soda over the carpet and let it sit for a few minutes before vacuuming. Baking soda gives your carpet a fresh smell.
Things get spilled. It's part of life, but make sure you clean spills the right way. Never rub a spill, grab a clean white cloth and put gentle pressure on the spot. Let the cloth soak up the spill. Put a small amount of cleaning solution on the spot and use another clean cloth to dab around the spot. Dab from the outside of the stain in to avoid spreading the spill.
Don't Forget the Club Soda
Club soda is non-toxic and natural. It's great for dealing with carpet stains, including red wine. Pour a generous amount over the stain and use a clean cloth to soak it up. Remember not to rub the stain into the carpet.
Following these steps keeps your carpets clean and fresh for years. Why buy new carpets when you can get many years of great use out of the ones you have? Remove your shoes, vacuum often, and catch spills right away. Don't forget to keep club soda on hand for cleaning up big messes. Enjoy fresh-smelling, clean carpet for many years.
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