A lot of homeowners have moved away from carpet in their property for the simple fact that they do not want to perform the maintenance necessary to have the material installed. That’s really unfortunate because there’s no flooring material that can match the softness, natural warmth, comfort, and sound-proofing qualities that carpet can offer. Perhaps even more frustrating about installing other types of flooring out of perceived necessity is that cleaning carpet really isn’t that egregious of a process.
Make no mistake, this isn’t saying that cleaning your carpets isn’t something that doesn’t need to be done. The last thing you want ruining the comfort of your carpet is dirt, dander, dead skin cells, etc. that can discolor the product prematurely and cause uncomfortable living conditions. Here are 7 tips to cleaning for DIYers directly from a professional carpet cleaning service.
Vinegar can be a lifesaver to your carpet in a number of different situations. One of the most common uses is when crayons get embedded in the fibers or you’ve all of a sudden got a bunch of fuchsia stains on your living room floor. Undiluted vinegar and an old toothbrush can be used to scrub these imperfections out to return the carpet like new. Vinegar and water can also be used to remove items similar to dried glue on your carpet. You can sponge it on and let it sit for 15 minutes before (hopefully) easily scraping it away.
Cornmeal is a course flour created from dried corn. It can also be a useful DIY carpet cleaning tool for greasy spills. Simply sprinkle the cornmeal on the spill and let it set for 5 minutes. The cornmeal will soak up the grease. You can then remove the whole setup with vinegar and water yet again.
Vacuum Frequently (and the Right Way)
Your carpet will accumulate dust and debris literally all day long. Therefore it’s important to vacuum at least once a week. Vacuuming often will not only pick up this dander, it will prevent small bits of dirt from getting ground into the carpet and fading the color of lighter shades of material. Many homeowners say that splurging on a high quality vacuum is one of the best investments they’ve ever made. Even today’s ‘Smart’ vacuums like the Roomba do a great job of removing the surface debris.
One thing to note about your vacuum is that you should use the height settings. Some people aren’t even aware that these exist but they do come in handy for different types of carpet. If your vacuum is set too low, it has a better chance of damaging the carpet. If the deck is set too high, the vacuum won’t grab the debris that is embedded a bit deeper.
Clean Up Stains ASAP (and Once Again, the Right Way)
A wine stain or similar spills won’t cause any health issues, but wiping up liquids before they stain your carpet is important for aesthetic reasons. The ROI on carpet isn’t as high as say, hardwood flooring, but you still don’t want a surface that looks camouflaged from all the spills. When wiping up these potential stains, make sure to always use a clean sponge or cloth. The spill should also be dabbed up instead of wiped. When you wipe or scrub, you push the stain deeper into the fibers of the carpet. There will likely be a stain removal chart included with your carpet warranty considering that different materials have different cleaning solutions. Baking soda is a very effective material for absorbing stains for example.
Keeping the Carpet Dry
Many times issues with a carpet are not just visible on the surface. Mildew and mold is a perfect example. When your carpet gets wet, the moisture soaks into the carpet pad and underlayment creating a haven for mold and mildew growth. If your carpet does get wet, make sure to dry it out thoroughly either by opening windows, operating fans, or even running a blow dryer on a low setting. You might also want to think about where you have the carpet installed as basements and bathrooms might be too big of a risk for consistent moisture issues.
Preventative DIY Measures
Most stains, spills, moisture problems, etc. can be remedied as carpet is more resilient than you’d think. That being said, why go through the trouble if you don’t have to? There are all sorts of preventative measures that can be taken to preserve the life span of your carpet. Have kids use sippy cups for example and put up pet gates so dogs don’t walk on the carpet. Use rugs liberally and make sure there’s always at least a mat where people can take their shoes off. There’s not a whole lot we can do about Aunt Carol spilling red wine all the time, but maybe make her stay out in the yard.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
If you are experiencing a pesky stain – or don’t want to risk damage from DIY cleaning it never, ever hurts to give the pros a call. Even a semi-regular professional deep cleaning if there aren’t stains present will help give your home a fresher look while improving the indoor air quality. We recommend CB Carpet Cleaning, a professional carpet cleaning service in the Dallas area. Call them today if you are in need of expert assistance with stained floors and carpets.
Carpet in a home is a nice luxury that too many people forego because they think it’s ‘too much work. That’s not true at all – with proper care you can maintain your carpets look for years without spending a bunch of money replacing it. It is surprisingly easy to maintain and has numerous benefits.