Great Carpet cleaning Tips to make your Home Cozier

Carpet cleaning tipsAll of us want to come home to a place where it is clean and comfortable. Unfortunately that is not always the case when we neglect cleaning our carpet. This fabric is often the most neglected part of our home and it has very serious consequences to our health, particularly our respiratory health.
Carpet not only provides us a comfortable padded surface to walk on, it helps filter the air and trap allergens between its strands. But if you fail to clean dirt that is trapped, it all piles up and has nowhere to go but up to the surface where it can cause asthma and other respiratory ailments.
I’ll share with you some actionable tips that will help keep your carpet looking new and more importantly free from allergens.
Tip #1: Vacuum frequently
This is the first and the most important step you have to take to keep your carpet clean. Vacuuming regularly ensures that dirt, dust, pet hair and all contaminants don’t pile up. The rule of thumb is to vacuum whole home at least once a week and high traffic areas more often.
Now there are different types of vacuums that you can use for a particular purpose.
Upright vacuums work best as deep cleaners but because of its weight and bulk it virtually makes it impossible to use this every day.
Cordless vacuums work great as a spot cleaner because it doesn’t have any cords and is lightweight. Recent models have more power and longer run times making buying one more feasible than ever before.
Robot vacuums automate the cleaning process for you and while not as strong as an upright, this is made up by repetition. You can run it as often as you want and would make a perfect automated house helper.
So there is a wide variety of cleaners that will fit every need and living space.
Tip #2: Clean those stains ASAP!
carpet stainsCarpet stains are inevitable, no matter how careful you are, so be prepared at all times.
Water soluble stains like beer, sodas, milk, washable ink, latex paint and food dyes, prepare a mixture of around 1/4 cup of non-bleach detergent to a liter of water.
For stains like blood, chocolate, coffee, tea or mustard, you need to tweak the cleaning mixture. Instead of using detergent, use a tablespoon of ammonia with a cup of water.
Remember before cleaning a large section. Test it out on a smaller inconspicuous section to see if there will be any discoloration. If your carpet is made from wool or any special fabric, consult with the manufacturer first before applying anything.
Tip #3: Deep clean every 18 to 24 months
carpet deep cleanNot a lot of people do this because it is expensive and it takes too much effort if you do it yourself but this is a necessary step if you want your carpet to last for decades. Remember that it costs a few thousand dollars to replace carpet so spending a few hundred maintaining makes more sense. You’ll only do it once every 1.5 to 2 years anyways.
The Carpet and Rug Institute provides some great and insightful tips in choosing a professional carpet cleaning service. You can do it yourself but there is a learning curve so if you’re willing to take the time to learn.
Do these three things and your carpet will be looking new for years to come plus your home will be cleaner and free from allergens. A clean home is a cozy home.