How to keep your carpets in top shape

Owning a carpet and keeping it in good shape are two very different things. Anyone can go out and buy a nice carpet for their living room and bedroom, but what happens when it’s cleaning time?

As it turns out, most people don’t have it in them to regularly maintain one or more carpets which translates to dirty floor covering wherever you look. In reality, keeping carpets in top shape isn’t so hard even for the average home owner – most of the time, it all comes down to having a good cleaning routine.

Keeping things organized

To keep your carpets clean day in and day out, you’ll need to dedicate yourself to a cleaning regime instead of just picking up a mop whenever you feel like it. Vacuuming will form the core of this regime and should be done as frequently as possible – some carpets simply can’t stay clean without being vacuumed multiple times each week.

If your vacuum cleaner isn’t doing its job, consider getting one with more vacuuming power and better filtering options – while most of us hate the idea of vacuum cleaning, we can grow to enjoy it with the right adjustments. Furthermore, upgrading your vacuum cleaner will translate to more cleaning effectiveness and less time spent scrubbing.

Once you have a vacuuming schedule figured out, it’s time to think about the actual cleaning. Your moisture-based carpet chores should be done based on how often and how severely the carpet gets dirty: is it merely a display piece or does it come under heavy traffic? Some home owners will be able to get away with a few monthly rinses while others will need to work much more often – not skipping any of your scheduled washes and vacuums is what will keep your carpet clean year-round.

Anything other than standard cleaning to worry about?

No carpet will stay clean without a proper schedule and sticking to one is sure to keep your carpets looking good. But what else can you do for your fabrics – what other steps can you take to keep your carpets in pristine state?

Having them cleaned by a professional company is one thing: while regular cleaning done by a home owner certainly helps, there is only so much you can do when you are held back by a lack of knowledge and lackluster equipment. A pro cleaning job will reset your carpet and make subsequent cleaning easier on you and it will also eliminate dirt and stains that you would otherwise have very little chance of defeating.

There’s also something to be said about knowing when to clean ahead of schedule. Yes, a cleaning schedule is important, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t deal with a crisis as is appropriate. If you experience a spill, your time of response is going to make a huge difference when deciding the likelihood of a stain. Therefore, never pass up on cleaning your carpets as soon as necessary – waiting could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage.