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Secrets To Keeping Your Carpet Clean Year-Round

by Warren Brown

Your home's carpet represents an investment. In order to continue adding value to your home, your carpet needs to be properly cleaned and maintained. Follow these practical tips to keep your carpet looking its best all year round. 

Wear Clean Socks Indoors

Your bare feet have oils that can get ground into the carpet over time, while your outdoor shoes will track in dirt from the outside. Both are bad for the carpet. Wear clean socks when walking around inside, or wear a pair of dedicated house shoes or house slippers. Wearing clean socks indoors will help ensure that the only material that touches your carpet is a clean, non-oily surface. 

Place Rugs Strategically

Mats placed just in front of and right inside the door will give your guests and family members a place to wipe their feet and take off their shoes before entering your house. In addition, put rugs and runners in the most high-traffic areas of your home. These areas probably include the spot in front of the television, up the staircase, down any major hallways, in entrance to the dining room and kitchen, and on the floors of your kids' bedrooms. 

Keep Spot Cleaner On-Hand

Keep spray bottles with a solution of vinegar and water, as well as a supply of clean rags, on hand in various parts of your home. Make sure everyone in your house knows where the carpet cleaner is to ensure it will be used when stains occur. Give your older children (and your spouse, if necessary) carpet cleaning lessons. Show each person how to spray stains, blot the stain from the outside moving in, and how to continue this method until the stain is gone. 

Vacuum Every Other Day 

Quickly vacuum the most often used rooms every other day. Once a week, vacuum your house thoroughly from top to bottom. Keeping up with the vacuuming will prevent dirt from becoming ground into the carpet fibers. 

Use a Carpet Rake

Carpet rakes pull up flattened carpet fibers to help you get the dirt out when you vacuum. Carpet rakes also help prevent the carpet from wearing down in the most heavily traffic areas. Use a carpet rake before completing your thorough once-a-week vacuuming routine. 

Schedule an Annual or Biannual Deep Clean

Look for a reputable commercial carpet cleaning service in your community. Let the professionals clean your carpet from top to bottom once or twice per year, depending on what's necessary.

Following these tips, you should be able to keep your carpet clean year-round. If you have a business that needs its carpet cleaned, visit Options Plus Carpet & Upholstery Care.