You can keep your carpet smelling fresh and looking great in between professional cleanings. This may seem like an impossible chore, particularly if you have active children and pets. However, it’s easier than you think when you know what steps to take. Nothing replaces professional cleanings, but these steps will keep your carpet clean during the months in between visits.
Dance with the Vacuum
Dancing with the vacuum makes it sound like vacuuming is actually enjoyable. You may not believe this, but it can be. Focus on making neat little vacuum tracks as you pull the vacuum back slowly across the carpet. Work across the room in one direction, then turn to face another way and repeat the process. If you have a vacuum with a bin, then your entertainment will be seeing how much dirt and dust you pulled up. The more you vacuum, the cleaner your carpet will be, so don’t neglect this chore.
Keep Vinegar on Hand
You love your pet, but it’s infuriating when your dog has an accident on the living room carpet. Whether this was an honest mistake or a habit, you want to make sure the stain and smell are gone. Start by blotting up as much liquid as possible with a clean, white towel or rag. Pour a little straight vinegar on the stain and let it soak in. Put another clean towel over it and then set a few heavy books on the towel. The remains of the urine will soak into the towel along with the vinegar. You may have to repeat the process, or you can just run vinegar through your home steam cleaner if you have one.
Fresh Smell with Baking Soda
Leave the perfumed powders on the store shelves and reach for a box of baking soda. Sprinkle it on the carpet at night and let it sit until the next day. Vacuum it slowly up to remove odors, greasy residue and leave the carpet brighter. You may have to go over the carpet several times to get all the baking soda up, but it’s worth the effort.
Prevent Dirt Migration
Take steps to stop dirt at the door and keep it out of your carpet in the first place. Put doormats inside and outside the doors leading into your home or apartment. Dirt will be stopped in its tracks so your carpets will remain cleaner. Take it a step further by also making your home a shoe-free zone.
Fight Stains in the Kitchen
When something does stain your carpet, look to your kitchen for a solution. A few drops of dish detergent can be mixed in with a tablespoon of water. Whisked rapidly with an electric mixer, you’ll make a foam that you can use to treat stains on your carpet. Rub the foam in gently, blot it up with a towel and rinse it with a damp rag.
It’s still important to invest in annual or even bi-annual carpet cleaning services. Our cleaners can remove deep, ground-in dirt that makes your carpet look dingy and creates an unpleasant smell in the home. We treat stains of all kinds including pet stains. Use these tips to keep your carpet looking clean throughout the year, but call the team at High Quality Carpet when you’re ready to have the carpets scrubbed and thoroughly cleaned.