The New Year inspires people to make big changes in their life. Changes they hope will bring a better quality of life in the new year. The year is starting anew so why not get a fresh start on new goals to improve different aspects of life? We all know the most popular of New Year’s goals is weight loss and health, but did you know that home improvement and organization comes in at a close second?
It is not a big surprise as many people spend most of their time in their homes, so why not make it a more relaxed, inviting and a clean place to hang out in? One of the best ways to keep your home clean and healthy is to take great care of your carpet.
Here are some tips to get you into a great new carpet care routine:
Doormats are the first line of defense in keeping outside dirt from your carpet. Every exterior door in the home should have a quality mat on both the outside and inside of the door. The outside mat should be a heavy duty one with sturdy/ rough bristle texture as it is the first contact with the soles of shoes as they come in from outside. The inside mat should be a little softer to wipe away anything that the first mat did not catch. Both mats should be the same width as the door they are placed next to and cleaned regularly.
Invest in a Shoe Rack
The majority of dirt that resides in your carpet comes in from the bottom of your shoes. The best way to keep the dirt in your floor to its lowest possible level is to prevent it from reaching the floor by removing shoes right when you finish wiping them on the doormat. Make this easy for anyone in the home by placing a shoe rack or other shoe organization system right next to the door you use as a primary entrance. If this is the garage door you may want to put a second shoe rack at the front door for guests and times your kids come home from being dropped off by others.
Routine Proper Vacuuming
The biggest enemy to carpet is dirt. Dirt and debris act like sandpaper to carpet fibers, rubbing and grating on them wearing them down. Your number one dirt remover is the vacuum cleaner. The most effective way to vacuum is to do so on a regular basis, not sporadically when you feel the floors need to be cleaned. Ideally carpets should be vacuumed once or twice a week and more often for high traffic areas. You also want to make sure to vacuum slowly and overlap rows just like you would with a lawnmower to ensure you do not miss a spot.
Pro-Active Stain Treatment
The best way to prevent a stain from becoming permanent is to clean it as soon as you notice it You will also want to employ proper basic stain care treatment technique such as blotting with clean white cloths or paper towels with no dyes and never rubbing. You will want to work from the outside of the stain in toward the center to keep the stain from spreading. It is best to test any new cleaning solution on an unseen area before using on the stain.
Yearly Professional Deep Cleaning
Even with the best home care your carpet will still have debris and dirt build up deep down in the carpet over time where your vacuum can’t reach. The best way to get this deep down dirt is with a professional hot water extraction cleaning performed with strong truck mounted equipment. Carpets should be deep cleaned at least once a year and more often in homes with small children, allergy sufferers, and pets.
When you put a great carpet care routine in place you can extend the life of your carpet by years and keep your home looking fresh and new. For more carpet care information please feel free to browse our website or contact us anytime. Make an appointment online today.