Carpets don’t just make a home more attractive. They also add warmth and comfort that cold bare floors won’t offer.
Because of this and because dirty, soiled carpets are a breeding ground for disease-causing microbes, it’s important to keep your carpets clean and spot-free as much as you can.
But despite your efforts at preventing spills and drops, the carpet will eventually have to be cleaned. You certainly can’t avoid the accidents that are bound to happen and the dirt you bring in from outside your home.
Most carpets can go without cleaning every 12 to 18 months. If you have light-colored ones, though, you’ll probably need to clean them two to three times a year.
Don’t worry, though. There are a few things you can do to make carpet cleaning much easier.
1. Test cleaning solutions first
Choose a hidden part of your carpet, such as the inside of a closet, and apply your chosen cleaning product on a cloth and lay it on the carpet for an hour. Blot the area with dry, white cloth and check to see that the carpet doesn’t bleed or fade using that solution.
2. Blot, don’t wipe
Use cloth, paper towels, or a sponge to dab stains with a cleaning product. Blotting applies pressure on the carpet to help it absorb the cleaner, while rubbing moves the carpet fibers around and could spread the stain outwards.
3. Use household items
For emergency cleaning, you can use a variety of items already in your house. For instance, vinegar is an effective all-purpose cleaner for stains. For grease, use shaving cream. For vomit and urine, baking soda works well. And for gum, use an ice cube to harden it before scraping it off.
4. Invest in a carpet cleaning system
If you have light-colored carpets, you’ll need to clean more often. A good carpet cleaning system, particularly a steam cleaner, can help you save more in the long run. Another option is a cleaner that uses dry extraction. It’s more powerful than a steam cleaner but is way more expensive for most households.
A-Jet Services Ltd notes that if all else fails, hire one of the carpet cleaning services in Auckland. They have a powerful equipment and they can do more wonders to your carpet. Professional cleaners are going to be more expensive, but if you’re after convenience, they are the way to go.