Carpets can be really challenging to clean. Because of this, some homeowners tend to delay this particular task. But, the longer you procrastinate, the more dirt you will have to deal with.
While it may not seem obvious, carpets can be the breeding ground for germs and bacteria. This is especially true if you allow shoes to be worn inside the home. This tracks dirt from the outside and brings it indoors, likely clinging on your carpets and area rugs.
To make sure your indoor carpets are not breeding bacteria, it is important to regularly clean and deodorize them. Here are some tips to help you out:
Use clean doormats
The doormat's job is to clean your shoes off the dirt so it won't track dirt inside. However, this will not be effective if the doormats are also dirty. Make sure to replace old and dirty doormats with clean ones regularly.
Vacuum regularly and as often as you can. This might be a challenge for those who have busy schedules but it is extremely important. Ideally, you should vacuum high-traffic areas twice a week. Frequent vacuuming will reduce the buildup of dirt and grime.
Some carpets need more than just regular vacuuming. Steam cleaning is a great way to deodorize carpets and rugs that are in high-traffic areas like the living room or dining area. This involves a cleaning solution that gets injected into the fibres of the carpet with waterjet nozzles. Steam cleaning is recommended to be done every six months or so.
Stains that are left untreated can ruin the look of your carpet, especially for light colored rugs. Stains that are treated right away will be easier to clean than those that have dried, so make sure to act quickly. If you don't have cleaning solutions available, some kitchen items like baking soda, club soda and dishwashing liquid can work too. Make sure to clean with a dabbing motion instead of rubbing, which will just deposit the stain even further into the fibres.
Keep dirt outside.
The best way to keep the house clean is to prevent dirt from coming inside. The no-shoes-inside policy will decrease the chances of bacteria coming in contact with your rugs. Use bedroom or indoor slippers when you are inside the home.