Keep your carpets clean and fresh Nothing beats the fresh smell and feel of professionally cleaned carpets. The best and easiest way to keep your carpets and rugs clean and smelling fresh longer is to implement the no shoe rule. Guest following you in the home seeing you take your shoes off automatically follow suit. For those who come calling and you are already barefoot the easiest way to subtly request they remove their shoes is to suggest they place their shoes in the designated area. Have your designated area easily accessible and as close to the door as possible.
Placing rugs and mats are not only used to accent and decorate an area. In Brisbane, like everywhere else, dust and dirt are trapped in shoes and tracked wherever people go. Rugs and mats are used to trap the 80% of dust and dirt that come into your home from peoples and animals feet. Having a welcome mat at the front door allows the dirt to become trapped on the rug rather than on the carpet as people continue in after removing their shoes. Even bare feet can track oils and dirt across the carpet. The use of area rugs is an excellent way to keep carpets clean, prolonging the life of the carpet while adding a new style to the room.
Try sprinkling a scented carpet freshening powder or baking soda. Let the powder sit for 10 to 15 minutes then vacuum. The fresh smell sucked up into the vacuum with spread throughout the room and lingers in the carpet. Rooms will smell fresh longer if you do this several times a month. If there are individuals with allergies, make sure to use a hypoallergenic freshener or stick with backing soda since it works to draw odors out of surfaces and even the air.
Since carpets tend to have fibers that trap dust, dirt and moisture its always a good idea to vacuum on a regular basis. If left too long, soiled carpets become a breeding ground for mites and bacteria that could be harmful to your health. Unclean carpets will also cause people who suffer from allergens to have more problems. Vacuuming too much can break down the fibers in the carpets causing damage in the long. A healthy balance is to vacuum light traffic areas at least twice a week and the entire room at least once a week. Heavy traffic areas can be vacuumed twice a day without causing damage.
No matter how careful you are, stains are going to happen. When they do, never allow them to set by leaving them. When a spill happens, a pet has an accident, treat the stain right away. An absorbent towel is best in dabbing liquids. It helps to soak up the majority of the stain. Using a stain fighting cleaner recommended for your type of carpet, treat the affected area. Some stains will come up right away, others like pet stains may require the area to be shampooed immediately. Stains that are left overnight will soak deeper into the carpet and get down into the padding or soak into the wood surface underneath. This will cause longer lasting odors if not dealt with in a timely manner and a professional company may need to be called out.
The best way to keep your carpets clean is to stay on top of spills as they occur and don’t allow anyone to walk across the area being treated. Strategically place rugs throughout to guide traffic where you want them to walk, sprinkle fresheners for a crisp clean smell, and vacuum on a regular basis. Using commercial and home cleaning services to professionally clean your carpet will prolong the life of your investment. Your carpet will thank you for it.
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