Simple Ways to Keep Your Carpets Clean

Carpet is one of the biggest investments in your home. At an average cost of $5 per square foot, carpet replacement is an expense that most people want to avoid for as long as possible. Keeping your carpet clean and free of dirt, grime, stains and dust will make your carpet look new longer and also increase its life. Here are six simple ways to keep your carpet clean to increase its life and protect your investment.

Stop Dirt and Grime at the Door. The easiest way to keep your carpet and rugs cleaner longer is by keeping dirt and grime from getting on them in the first place. Be proactive, and utilize door mats. Use outdoor and indoor mats, which work together to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your house. Encourage family and visitors to wipe their shoes before entering your home.

Ditch the shoes. Do you want to go one step beyond the doormat? We suggest that you stop wearing shoes around the house. A simple internet search shows all the disgusting things that shoes track in your home and on your carpet: bacteria, chemicals, dirt … even fecal matter! Your rug and rugs act like a magnet, collecting everything it tracks and transferring it all to your floor.

Change or clean your air filters. The more dust and particles your air filter removes, the less they will fall on your carpet (and tables, chairs, bed, etc.). Did you know that a dirty air filter makes your system work harder and use more energy? That is not good for your oven or your wallet. It is recommended that you change your air filters every 90 days.

Vacuum regularly. This seems obvious, but something as simple as vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your rugs and carpets clean. Vacuuming has a significant impact on the cleanliness of your home, the air you breathe, and the life of your carpet and rugs. Try vacuuming once a week and increase the frequency in high traffic or pet areas.

Treat stains as quickly as possible. The longer a stain is placed, the more difficult it will be to remove. Always erase the stain, never rub it! – using a white paper towel or cloth. Be careful about using a colored cloth, otherwise you risk transferring the dye and creating a bigger problem.

Give your rugs a professional-grade deep clean at least once a year. Although vacuuming is important, it only removes dirt from the surface of the carpet. Professional-grade cleaning reaches far below the carpet fibers, removing everything you can’t see, such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and allergens.

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