Between the kids, the pets or just a clumsy relative in keeping a perfect carpet clean. There are a number of things you can do in your household to make your investment last.
Picking the Right Carpet
You have to ask the right questions like where do you see yourself in the next five years? Is your family growing? What kind of activities do you do? These are things to factor in for your carpet purchase. A winter white or ivory spread carpet may not be a good idea for a busy home.
Eliminating shoes on the carpet can save you trouble. First, you won’t have anyone dragging mud, dirt and other unmentionables onto the carpet. Second, you’re likely to prevent accidents, like people tripping over their heels or over shoelaces. Leaving your shoes at the door can cut lead dust levels by about 60% and it can lower your exposure to dust mites.
With vacuuming, once a week is good enough. Don’t forget places where people may eat or other high-traffic areas of your home. Also, consider sprinkling your carpet with baking soda before you vacuum. The powder will help absorb carpet odors and it does not cost as much as scented products.
Shampooing your carpets should be done in regular frequency. If you’re in a single-person home with few guests, once a year is okay. However, if you have kids or pets, consider at least once every 6 months. The best time to clean is really up to your family’s routine. A nice preference is after winter when everyone’s tracking in muddy and snowy boots.
Clean Spots and Spills Immediately
The longer a spill soaks in, the harder and less likely you’ll be able to remove it. Soak up the spill with a dry rag or towel then continue to blot. Try loosening up the spill with warm water.
Take It Easy with the Chemicals
When you spot a spill on the carpet, don’t buy every stain remover at the store. Try blotting the stain with warm water. If it doesn’t loosen up, try a mixture of mild soap and water. Be sure your soap does not have bleach in it or strong chemicals as they may end up damaging the fibers of your carpet.
There is no universal method to cleaning a beverage stain as they all react quite differently. Yet, a good starting point for treating any carpet stain is a good vinegar-water solution. Fill mixture in a spray bottle and then spray onto stain. Let it soak for 5 to 15 minutes then gently scrub the area with brush and water.
Coffee and tea stains – Clean with a vinegar solution.
Beer stains – Clean with a vinegar solution. Use borax if the stain is stubborn.
Red wine – Use club soda to lift the stain right out. If that doesn’t work, blot up the stain with water then apply baking soda to the spot. It will form a paste. Let it sit for a few minutes then vacuum it up.
Cornstarch does the trick. Sprinkle a bit onto the stain and let it sit for half an hour. Vacuum the cornstarch up. Repeat if necessary. If all else fails, a grease-fighting dish soap and water may just do the trick.