The carpet in your home is one of the first things people are going to see when they walk in. Also, it is one of the things that is most-likely to get dirty/stained/damaged over the years. Whether you are worried about resale value or just the comfort of your friends and family while spending time in the home, keeping your carpets as clean as possible is a great idea.
So, what can you do to encourage clean and healthy carpeting over the long run? Consider using the following tips.
#1 – Regular Vacuuming
This is the simplest, and most obvious, thing you can do to keep your carpets looking great. By just vacuuming on a regular basis, you can avoid having dirt and other particles build up in your carpet over time. Remember, you can’t see everything that is in the carpet just by looking from the surface, so even carpet that looks clean needs to be vacuumed. This is a point that is all about staying ‘ahead of the game’. Vacuum regularly and you will have a great chance to keep your carpets looking nice for years.
#2 – Treat Stains Immediately
Inevitably, you are going to drop some sort of food or drink on your carpet. The best way to avoid a stain from setting into the fibers of the carpet is to treat the stain as soon as possible after it happens. You should know what kind of stain fighting chemicals are safe to use on your carpet in advance, and you should have something on hand to do the job. Pick up the food or soak up the drink right away, and treat the stain to limit the damage. With any luck, there will be little sign of the accident once you have cleaned up.
#3 – Alter Traffic Patterns
One of the underrated things you can do for carpet health is to move your furniture around from time to time to change the traffic patterns in your rooms. For example, if you leave your couches in the same place in the living room for years, you will wind up with worn out carpet where people have to walk around the room. So, instead of that outcome, move the furniture around once every few months and change where you walk as a result. This will not only give your carpet a chance at a longer life, but it will also help keep your décor fresh.
#4 – Deep Clean Periodically
While the standard vacuum cleaner will do the job for regular cleaning, you are going to want to actually wash the carpets once in a while as well. Most grocery stores will rent out shampoo machines for a modest price, and you can do the work yourself to save money. Of course, it is going to be a chore to move all of your furniture out of the way, but you will be impressed with the end result. This is the kind of project that you could put on your calendar to do one per year or so.