Carpets are a great addition to any home, it acts as a filter and traps dirt thus keeping the air clean, but when carpet isn’t cleaned and properly maintained, it can be a source of allergens that cause respiratory ailments like asthma.
Keeping carpets clean is simple and easy but you need to follow through on these tips that I’ll show you.
This is the first and most important step in keeping your carpet free from allergy causing dust. You won’t be able to see it with the naked eye but there is dust build up between the fibers of the carpet, you’ll need to use a bright light source like an LED to see it.
You’ll need to vacuum the whole house at least once a week and more so for areas that are “high traffic” like the living or dining room.
An upright vacuum is a must have for homes with wall to wall carpeting but if that is too cumbersome consider buying a cordless stick vac to clean high traffic area.
If you want something automated try looking at robotic vacuums, they’ll vacuum your floors with you lifting a finger. They won’t match the power of standard cleaners but repetition makes up for it. You’ll not believe how much dust and hair these guys pick up.
Clean Those Stains ASAP!
When your carpet gets stained, you’ll need to clean them quickly to give yourself the best chance of removing stains.
To remove stains you’ll need the right tools, have this in standby – at least 5 pieces of microfiber or terry towel, few rolls of paper towel, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, borax, hydrogen peroxide, steam iron, spatula, bowl, and a wet/dry vac for sucking up excess moisture. A hair dryer would also be a good alternative.
Some effective combos that’ll remove stains
White vinegar, warm water and steam iron – mix 3 parts warm water with 1 part of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray this on the stained area then cover it with a terry towel. The steam iron will help lift up the stain to the towel.
Dishwashing liquid, warm water and steam iron – this mixture will work for stains that have dried up. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of warm water. Instead of using a spray bottle, just pour the mixture on the stain, cover with a terry towel, then run the steam iron over it a few times. The steam from the iron picks up the stain and transfers it onto the towel.
Hydrogen peroxide and microfiber towel – this combo works well for dried up stains. You can pour the hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain then blot dry with a microfiber towel or saturate the microfiber towel with the hydrogen peroxide to blot off stains.
Leave shoes outside
This prevents dirt like sand and soil from seeping into carpet. In our home, we’d place a shoe rack just in the garage or a designated area in the house that isn’t carpeted. This may be a little time consuming but you’ll have a cleaner home, I think it’s worth it.
Once every year to year and a half, hire a professional to deep clean your carpet. This does wonders to the longevity and cleanliness. Remember that the cost of a deep clean session is far less than a carpet removal and installation service.
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