Keeping Your Carpet Clean

We are the first to agree that, when it comes to carpet cleaning, we don’t really think about it that much. Realistically, it’s not uncommon for carpets to go uncleaned until such time as we are expecting company to visit for a big party or during the holidays. You probably think that only a guy, living alone, would be guilty of such neglect of his carpets. Be that as it may, everyone needs to give their carpets some attention from time to time throughout the year. While you need to get into the habit of vacuuming your carpets every week, it isn’t required to shampoo even as often as once monthly. Weekly vacuuming of your carpets should be a regular part of your cleaning and, if it’s not, you should start making it a habit.

The first step towards cleaner carpets is to vacuum thoroughly every week. However, that’s the very minimum requirement. Other procedures will depend on your particular circumstances. This regularly scheduled vacuuming is a good way to keep the dirt and dust that you can’t readily see vacuumed up. The more time between vacuuming, the more time all that dirt is rubbed into your carpet pile. You should make an effort to avoid this problem because the more dirt that gets ground into your carpets, the harder it is to remove. You may even want to consider “spot vacuuming” the high traffic areas in your home once each day.

House pets can be a real challenge when it comes to carpet stains, especially if the stain is due to urine. Fast action is the key to successful removal of pet stains to prevent the urine from soaking the carpet fibers and drying. There may be times, however, when your pet has an ‘accident’ on your carpet and you aren’t home to deal with it in a timely manner. You can find effective products on the market, and many people prefer using an enzyme based product for pet soiling. On the internet are some good home remedies and the one that a lot of people like uses peroxide and baking soda.

Your lifestyle, and who lives in your home, will determined how to best maintain your floors and how often to clean your rugs. Any home with pets will, obviously, require more frequent cleaning – including the floors and carpets – than a household without pets. Pets such as these have what’s called “dander” and they shed it constantly. Allergies can be severely aggravated by the dander that is a part of the coats and feathers of household pets. This dander is similar to dust. Pets will make it necessary to clean your home more often, and your carpet cleaning routine will change somewhat. More frequent vacuuming will help, and you must make an effort to vacuum up as much dander as possible. Don’t be surprised if it takes two vacuumings every week to protect your home from excessive dander.

One of the main things you need to do when looking for new carpets for your home is to determine the degree of difficulty you will have keeping the carpet clean. We have seen white carpeting in homes, and it really does look very striking and beautiful. Unfortunately, we always sensed that the home owners were worried that someone would get their carpets dirty when they walked on it. It seems to us that, if they were going to be so worried about their carpets, they should either have chosen a different color or never had guests over.