Carpets are easy to take care of. The secret to a clean, fresh, good looking and durable carpet is regular maintenance. Vacuum it regularly, don’t let pet hair build up on it and deal with stains immediately.
Here are some additional tips for taking care of your new carpet. Read on to learn more on how to care for your new carpet.
1. Choose The Best Colour For Your Lifestyle
This tip is for those who have not yet ordered a new carpet.
Certain materials and colours are easier to maintain than others, so it is important to consider your lifestyle before buying a carpet.
A bright colour like white, for example, is not the ideal choice if you have small children or pets. It’ll be harder to get stains off the carpet and you have to clean it even more frequently since even a little dirt stands out.
2. Prevention Is Key
If you find you constantly have to clean messes off the carpet, you are not doing it right. Try to avoid these messes in the first place.
Cleaning your carpet too often can speed up wear and tear shortening the lifespan of your carpet.
Don’t allow shoes on the carpet.
Have your kids eat and drink at the dining table. Even snacks should be eaten away from the carpet. Snacks like crisps and juice can be especially bad for the carpet.
If you have an outdoor dog, train it not to get onto the carpet.
Remember, it takes a lot more effort to clean your carpet than to keep it clean.
3. Regular Vacuuming And Sweeping
Although dust is not as visible in your carpet as it is on your furniture, it does settle into your carpet too. Extend the life of your carpet by vacuuming it every time you clean the rest of your home.
If you find it tedious to vacuum your carpet every day or multiple times a day if you have kids and pets, get a carpet sweeper.
It’s lighter and does a great job getting food crumbs, dust and pet hair out of the carpet. A carpet sweeper is perfect for keeping the carpet clean in between the main vacuuming sessions.
4. Rotate Your Furniture
Rotate your furniture every once in a while. Your carpet has underlying padding that gives it its natural shape and provides optimal level of comfort.
If your furniture sits in the same spot for a prolonged period, the padding will have permanent indentation and your carpet will not return to its original form.
5. Clean Spills Immediately
Use a clean, dry cloth to soak up any spillages immediately.
Note that before you use any cleaning chemicals for carpet, you should check your carpet label or consult a cleaning professional to know which cleaning agents are safe to use.
Using the wrong detergent could make the stain worse or discolour your carpet.
How To Clean Spills And Stains On Your Carpet
Unfortunately, even if you are the most careful person in the world, there is a good chance that your carpet will eventually fall victim to a nasty spill accident.
When this happens, deal with it immediately. A fast turnaround can be the difference between a quick fix and a stubborn stain.
First, remove as much liquid as possible before it has the chance to soak into your carpet padding, which will minimise the chances of a stain forming.
To do so, grab a clean dry cloth or some kitchen roll and begin to blot up the surface liquid.
Then use the right cleaning products for your carpet to spot clean. Do not rub on the spill. Work from the outside towards the centre of the spill to avoid spreading the stain further.
If you don’t get to the spill in time, there are ways of cleaning the stains off your carpet.
A combination of some readily available ingredients like rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda and dishwashing soap might work.
For extra-stubborn stains or large stains, use professional cleaners.