Carpeting doesn't last forever and begins to look worn from foot traffic, pets and from everyday use. Taking out the old carpet and buying new isn't a difficult process and it can be done in just one day, but it's the cost of the new carpet that is the problem. Who can afford new carpeting every few years? Taking care of your existing carpeting is key to lengthening the life of your carpet and to help keep it looking like new. See below for some helpful tips to care for your carpeting.
Vacuum your carpeting often to prevent dirt and dust from getting pushed into the fibers of your carpeting. If you have pets, you should vacuum more often (either once a day or every other day). Vacuuming will help keep the amount of dust down in your home as well. Vacuum slowly to help get up as much dust and dander as possible from your carpeting. Go over the carpet in several different directions as well.
Freshen your carpeting to remove odors from pets or other odors is easy to do. Combine a cup of baking soda with about 5 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (such as lavender, peppermint or lemon). Mix them together into a jar, then sprinkle the mixture onto your carpeting. The baking soda will soak up any odors, while the essential oil helps give the room a fresh scent. Allow the mixture to sit on your carpeting for about a half an hour, then vacuum it up with your vacuum. Keep pets and small children out of the room while you do this to prevent ingestion.
Spill And Stain Removal
Blot up spills immediately to prevent them from soaking into the carpeting. Use a clean, white cloth so the dye on the cloth doesn't transfer to the carpet, then blot the spot, don't rub it in. If you have a stain, remove it using baking soda and white vinegar. Sprinkle the baking soda over the stain (enough to cover the spot), then pour vinegar over the baking soda. You'll see the mixture bubbling, which means it's working. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum up the mixture. If you still see any portion of the stain, repeat the process.
- Remove shoes. Keep shoes off of your carpeting to prevent outside particles from being brought into your home and into your carpeting.
- Cut pulled fibers. Fibers of your carpeting that are pulled from the rest of the carpet should be cut to prevent them from being sucked into your vacuum and further damaging your carpet.
- Have it professionally cleaned. Have a professional cleaning service clean your carpeting a few times per year for a deep clean to remove bacteria, dust and dander from your carpets.
Take good care of your carpeting to keep it looking like new and to lengthen the life of your carpet. Call a carpet cleaning services in your area for an estimate to deep clean your carpets.