Your carpets are something you probably don’t spend a ton of time thinking about. If you’re going about your day to day life they’re something that’s just there. Other than vacuuming and the occasional spill to clean up carpets aren’t something that occupies a lot of what most people think about.
It’s understandable that you wouldn’t think about your carpets very often. Life gets busy and it’s easy to think they’re clean if you vacuum regularly. There are some things you should know about your home’s carpeting, though, including how often you should consider having a professional carpet cleaning done. Here are some things you should know about your carpets.
Professional Carpet Cleaning Is Actually Really Important
Your carpets are dirtier than you realize. Even if you maintain them well, professional carpet cleaning is something you shouldn’t skip. Pros recommend getting your home’s carpets cleaned about every 12-18 months depending on how much abuse your carpets take. Things like kids and pets are going to mean your carpets need a little extra love more often.
Carpets, in general, can harbor things like dead skin cells, bacteria, dust mites, and just plain old dust too. Most vacuums aren’t going to get all of those things out of your carpet, so even when they look great, there’s still stuff lurking below the carpets you aren’t seeing. A professional cleaning will get the stuff that’s deep down.
Aside from getting rid of the things you can’t see just below the carpet’s surface, a professional cleaning can make your carpeting last longer too. Built-up dirt and packed in stains you can’t get out will start to erode your carpet’s fibers, making you have to replace your carpeting sooner and more often. To avoid this it’s a good idea not to skip out on a professional cleaning.
You Can Deep Clean On Your Own Too
Another way to extend the life of your carpet is to deep clean them yourself on a regular basis. You can do this by renting a cleaner at a supermarket in your area, or buying your own steam cleaner if you would like to do that. Most grocery stores also sell cleaning solution for steam cleaners so you’ll have easy access to that as well.
Deep cleaning your carpets every few months (think 3-4 at most) will help make sure your carpets are getting the most out of everything invested in a professional cleaning also. You’ll be able to space out that time and still have carpets that aren’t harboring as many invisible things if you take this tip to heart. Steam cleaning is worth the extra time spent on it every few months.
At Home Stain Cleaning Solutions Really Do Work
There are tons of carpet stain related life hacks out there and you’ve probably wondered if they work or if they’re too good to be true. The truth is a lot of them actually do work really well. You can use things you probably already have in your home to work on set in stains you haven’t been able to get out or fresh stains from a spill that has just happened.
Club soda for things like beer and wine spills is very effective as long as the stain is fresh. Blot up what you can of the spilled liquid, then pour club soda directly on the stain. After you’ve let it sit for 2-3 minutes blot up the club soda and the stain should lift with it. Just keep in mind this trick is meant for spills that have just happened. There are other tricks for set in stains.
Baking soda and vinegar is a great option for stains that have been there for quite more time. You can mix about 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Let the baking soda and vinegar mix together and bubble up. Spray that on your more stubborn carpet stains. As it bubbles it will lift stains so you can blot them up.
You can also go with putting the solution of vinegar and baking soda directly on a stain. If the spray bottle method doesn’t seem to be quite strong enough, this is a good option. Let the vinegar and baking soda mix right on your carpet stain and the stronger bubbling action can help break up especially stubborn set in dirt or stains.
Area Rugs Can Be Especially Helpful
Smaller area rugs, especially in high traffic areas, can be more than just a way to spruce up the look of your home. They’re also a great way to protect your home’s actual installed carpeting. The rugs themselves are smaller and easier to clean, so if they take some hits then your options for cleaning them are much easier than with carpeting.
If your area rugs look a little dusty you can even use a lint roller on their surface. The lint roller will pick things up that a vacuum might miss like finer powder or dust and pet hair. Once you’ve used the lint roller you can flip the rug over and vacuum the bottom side of it to really get them nice and clean.
Area rugs are just another tool in your belt that you can use to extend the life of your carpets and make sure your home is staying as clean as possible. Since you can vacuum both sides of the rug easily there’s not as much to worry about when it comes to the things you can’t see.
They Can Hold Odors Too
If you’ve ever wondered what a smell was even though you’ve cleaned and re-cleaned everything in your home trying to get rid of it, it might be your carpet. Sometimes they can hold odors longer than other things in your home. Smoke, spills, or a humid environment can all affect how your carpet smells from time to time.
Luckily you can freshen up your carpets pretty easily. You can always buy carpet fresheners at the store, but you can make one yourself too. You can mix in about 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil scents with a few cups of baking soda. Sprinkle that over your carpets and vacuum it up. You should notice your home smells better almost right away once you are done.
Knowing everything there is to know about carpet isn’t something you have to worry about. As long as your carpets are cleaned professionally on a regular basis like you read about earlier, there’s not much else you’ll need to spend time learning. Keep the things you’ve read about here in mind and go about your daily life.
Knowing a little more about your carpets will help when needed, and the professional cleaning will take care of everything else. Keep your carpets clean with the tricks you know now, and enjoy the benefits of a cleaner home and carpet with minimal effort. You’ll be thankful you know a little more when your carpets look even better than usual.
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