Carpets have become an essential part of home décor not only because they look beautiful, but also because they give a feeling of warmth and comfort. But those who have carpets in their homes know how quickly dust and dirt can accumulate in the carpets and how difficult it is to clean them if not taken care of regularly.
If you have an exquisite taste in décor, chances are you have oriental carpets or rugs adorning your home. And everyone knows that handmade Persian carpets don’t come cheap! Not only the oriental rugs, but carpeting your floor in general burns a hole in your pocket. So in order to prevent your carpets from becoming breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, it is important that you take the following precautionary measures:
Protect it from dust and dirt
The simplest way of increasing the life of your carpet is to protect it from dust and dirt. While this can be really difficult, you can take some simple measures to prevent the buildup of dirt and dust:
- Ask everyone to take off their shoes before entering the house. Keep a shoe rack outside the door and a basket with carpet slippers so that everyone entering the house can change their shoes, preventing the dust and debris from entering your home.
- If you have children who don’t take off their shoes before entering the house, or you are not comfortable in asking your guests to take off their shoes, then keep door mats at the door. This will allow everyone entering the house to wipe off their shoes before stepping inside. This reduces the amount of grime that reaches your carpet.
Just make sure to clean the door mats regularly so that they remain effective at catching the dust and debris.
Placing carpet runners in walkways and other high traffic areas of the carpet is also a way to protect your carpet and increase its lifespan. Runners will prevent carpet fibers from getting dull and damaged due to excessive use.
Place high quality pads under the carpet
Using high quality padding under the carpet will protect it from moisture damage by absorbing any spills. It will not only act as the foundation of your carpet but will also create a shield between the floor and the carpet.
Spills are common in every household, especially when you have kids around. But ignoring spills is a grave mistake as they will not only affect the appearance of your carpet but will also shorten its life. When you chose to ignore spills or delay cleaning, you actually give it time to get absorbed into the carpet and become a permanent stain. Therefore, act fast in the case of any spills and clean the carpet as soon as possible. But refrain from scrubbing the carpet as it can lead to the dullness and damaging of fibers.
Do not use cleansers that have bleach in them to clean the carpet as it can damage the color. The simplest cleanser for cleaning spills and spots can be made by mixing a quarter teaspoon of mild liquid detergent with a cup of water. Blot the spots using the cleanser and a white or neutral colored towel (DO NOT SCRUB).
Regular vacuuming is a pivotal step to increase the life of your carpet. Regularly dry vacuum your carpet to remove all the dust and dirt before it settles deep into the carpet.. This is the easiest and most economical way to keep your carpet clean and increase its longevity.
You should vacuum the carpet at least 3 to 4 times per week, if not daily, to clean 80 to 90 percent of the dirt and dust that accumulates daily into the carpet. It is advised to vacuum slowly and against the nap for effective cleaning. If not removed regularly, the dirt builds up at the bottom of your carpet and becomes a breeding ground for bugs and bacteria.
Take Professional help for deep cleaning
Although regular vacuuming can clean the majority of dust from your carpet but particles of grease, liquid and other debris that settle at the bottom of the carpet cannot be cleaned with vacuuming. So it is important to hire an established and a reputable professional service provider to deep clean your carpet. While the frequency of professional cleaning depends upon the foot traffic in your home, but experts say that you should professionally clean your carpet at least once a year. You might need this twice a year if you have kids and/or pets.
A professional carpet cleaning service, such as On Time Steam Cleaning, will make your carpet completely dust-free with their special and high quality cleaning tools and products, without damaging its color or fibers. This not only helps to maintain the look of your carpet but also increases its lifespan.