Keeping Your Carpet in Good Condition Between Cleanings
Carpets seem to be magnets for all sorts of grime, stains and allergens. Being on the floor, they collect anything that falls or gets dropped, and if people in your household wear shoes indoors, dirt from outside gets trodden into the carpeting.
Many carpet stains are difficult to get out, and some of the nasty allergens and bugs lurk deep inside the fibres, unseen with the naked eye. Because of this, it's a good idea to clean it thoroughly every so often, either by buying or hiring deep-cleaning equipment or by letting a professional handle it.
In addition to regular, proper cleaning, however, you should do what you can to keep your carpet clean and looking good as long as possible, so follow these simple tips.
Deal with stains immediately
Stains can set in remarkably fast, so the sooner you deal with them, the better your chance of getting rid of them completely.
Whenever anything is spilt on the carpet, blot it gently with an absorbent cloth to avoid pushing the stain into the fibres. It's helpful to have some stain removers on hand for emergencies, so you're prepared.
Keep your vacuum cleaner efficient
To get dust and allergens out of your carpet, your vacuum needs to be performing as well as it was designed to. If it has a bag, change it regularly, and make sure you replace the filter as soon as it's time to.
If anyone in your household suffers from allergies, investing in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can make a big difference in helping to avoid allergens being left in the air to fall back down on the carpet.
Apply a carpet protector
Carpet protector sprays are an effective way to repel all sorts of liquids, so your carpet is less likely to get a long-lasting stain when you spill something. If you want to make sure it's done thoroughly, it's worth asking your carpet cleaner if they offer protective application as a service.
Even plain water can soak into carpets and cause mould to grow, so ensuring your flooring is well protected is a great way to maintain hygiene levels.
Use mats strategically
Placing a few hard-wearing absorbent mats just inside doorways and at entrances to rooms really makes a difference to the dirt trodden in on people's shoes. Just make sure you give your mats a quick clean on a regular basis.
Some decorative but inexpensive mats or rugs are also good for covering carpet during times when spills are more likely, like during parties.
Reach out to professional carpet cleaners in your area for more direction.