Keeping a clean carpet is not really that hard. You just have to vacumme once a week and you’re done. But keeping your carpets in top shape so they don’t end up getting ruined is another story.
Here are a few of my tips on keeping your carpets clean and in tip top shape without having to spend hours and hours cleaning your carpets each and every week.
Vacuum on a Regular Basis
Ok I’ll admit it. This one is kind of obvious right. But so many people end up over looking this simple fact!
If you are a one man or one women show and live alone then vacuuming once a week is perfectly acceptable. If you have a family the includes a few kids plus a dog or two then you really need to be on top of the carpet cleaning at least twice a week if not more.
So here is the deal. The longer you leave your carpets dirty the longer you give the dirt in your carpets a chance to ruin them. Now this is nothing like leaving food out when it spoils. No this is something that is going to happen over years and years. So keeping your carpets vacuumed on a regular basis means that you will get move life out of them before having to rip them out and re-carpet. And when you vacuum make sure you do vacuum cleaning properly!
Attend to Spills ASAP!
If you spill something on the carpet make sure you get is cleaned up ASAP. There are no if’s or but’s about it. If you spill something stop what you are doing and clean it up.
The longer you leave a stain the harder it will be to clean and the more damage it will do to your carpet.
And to follow along with spills and stains here is how to deal with them.
Make sure you blog. Never run a stain. If you’re not familiar with blotting then your might know it as dabbing. Pretty much you want to press on the stain with a paper town and then lift up. Repeat this over and over to soak up the stain.
If you dare to rub a stain you will just end up pushing the stain deeper into the carpet.
If you end up with candle wax on your carpet it can be a real pain to remove. And if you don’t know what you’re doing then you can easily damage you carpet. For example if you try to rip the hardened wax from the carpet you’ll be ripping ot the carpet fibers also.
But if you know what you are doing it’s quite easy. To get rid of candle wax stains on your carpet just get a small but sharp knife and carefully cut off what you can first.
Then take paper towns and an iron on the lowest setting and heat the left over wax up. Repeat this over and over and replace the paper towels as the candle wax is soaked into the paper towels.
Use a Stain Remover
There are lots of ways to make your own stain remover. Lemon is one, vinegar is another. Unless you really know what you are doing and if you are doing spot tests in the corner of your carp first it’s not recommended to mess around with DIY stain removers.
It is much better to just go to the store and buy a stain remover. The don’t even cost that much and they get the job done.
Don’t Flood the Place
If you doing any form of wet carpet cleaning keep the water to a minimum! If you end up using to much water you might need hire a drying machine if you end up water logging your carpet. Not fun for you and your wallet!
If you need to use water on your carpet it’s better to use less and add more if you fell it’s needed that water log the carpet the first time round! You don’t want mold growing under your carpet.
That’s it for my carpet cleaning tips today. Hopefully they help you.