1: Vacuum Regularly
It’s no surprise that our first recommendation is to ensure that you vacuum your carpets regularly. Dirt, dust and debris enter our homes every single day, be it through open doors and windows, or what we bring inside on the bottom of our shoes. While you can minimise some transfer of dirt by keeping areas adjacent to carpeted rooms clean, keeping your carpets free of all dirt and dust just isn’t possible.
Once dirt is deposited onto your carpet, it can quickly settle deep into the fibres. We recommend you vacuum your whole house at least once a week, while high traffic areas are best vacuumed 2-3 times a week. Higher wattage vacuum cleaners usually provide the best and deepest suction. If you need to go over and over a spot to pick up surface dirt – it’s time for a new vacuum cleaner!
2: Deal with Spills Right Away
We strongly recommend that you only use water to treat all stains. Many household cleaners will actually have the effect of helping your stain to ‘set’, making it almost impossible for even specialised products to work later on. Depending on what has caused the stain, some substances contain colourings or dyes which can cause significant damage to the carpet fibres, so act quickly.
Lightly sponge the affected area with water (but not too much) using a dabbing action. Avoid the temptation to scrub, as this can damage the fibres, changing the pile of your carpet. If you’re too vigorous, you might remove the stain but still damage the carpet. If the stain remains, then it’s time to call in the experts from Smart Choice Carpet Cleaning! We have a variety of specialised (and safe) chemicals, each designed to work on specific substances.
3: Invest in Mats or Rugs
Ever noticed that the dirtiest part of your carpet is often near the front door or adjacent to a hard floor? That’s because the first step you take onto your carpet is where most debris from shoes will be deposited. Hard floors don’t ‘grip’ your shoes like carpet does, in fact you can often pick up dirt from a hard floor, only to then deposit it on your carpet.
Having mats at entry points helps to ensure you minimise the amount of dirt that is transferred. We recommend both an outside mat at your front door, as well as internal mats where your carpet begins. You may also want to consider using rugs in high traffic areas such as hallways or in front of lounge suites. Areas that are walked on frequently often develop their own ‘path’ which creates an effect called ‘tracking’ – where your carpet becomes grey and flattened. Rugs and regular cleaning can help to minimise this unsightly look.
4: Groom Your Pets Regularly
One of the most common problems we see is excessive pet hair trapped in carpets. It not only makes your carpet look dirty, it can be quite unhealthy too. Pet hair can also create a surface layer which allows dirt to fall through to the base of the carpet fibre, but then restricts the ability to vacuum the dirt away. We often find that home owners simply aren’t aware of the volume of pet hair that has accumulated in their carpet.
Regular grooming of your cat or dog can help to avoid the build-up of pet hair in your carpet. While we’re on the subject of pets, naturally we recommend effective training, to ensure you avoid those ‘accidents’ or ‘mystery stains’ from appearing on your carpet!!
5: Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned Once a Year
No matter how much effort you put into cleaning your carpets and rugs, the only way to ensure your carpets look their best is to have them expertly cleaned. A deep clean can only be achieved with the right equipment and (safe) chemicals.
Even if your carpets look clean, you’ll be surprised at what is buried deep in the pile and may even be making your home unhealthy. Don’t wait until your carpets are begging for a clean, include a professional clean once a year. For a small investment, you’ll extend the life of your carpet and ensure your home is fresh, clean and healthy.