Summer is here and your family and pets are running in and out of the house, tracking dirt and debris everywhere! You’ve just invested in a new carpet and want to keep it looking new and clean. But this everyday dirt, dust, and debris is tearing at your carpet’s surface and wearing it out, so it’s important you remove all of the dirt. But how often should you clean your carpet?
To extend the life of your carpet, you’ll need to clean it frequently. How often you clean it will depend on the size of your household, if you have pets, and whether there are smokers in your home.
Clean your carpet every six to 12 months if - You are a household of one or two non-smoking adults
Clean your carpet every six months if - There are children OR pets in your home
Clean your carpet every four months if - Your household includes a smoker
Clean your carpet every three months if - There are children AND pets in your home
What is the best way to keep my carpet clean?
Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service is by far the best way to keep your carpet clean. However, to maintain that freshly cleaned appearance between professional cleanings, you can rent or purchase a carpet cleaning machine. Reasonably-priced rentals are available at grocery and drug stores. Steam cleaners are lightweight and easy to use. Just fill them with hot water and carpet shampoo.
If you notice dark areas and stains in your carpet, clean them right away, because waiting will do even more damage to your carpet. Pay close attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic more diligently. For especially dirty carpets or plush carpets where dirt can hide, take extra time to vacuum each section of carpeting more than once.
What if I don’t have access to a carpet cleaning machine?
To quickly freshen your carpet without use of a carpet cleaning machine, mix a little powdered laundry detergent with a small amount of water. Apply this to your carpet with a damp cloth. Take a scrub brush and gently scrub your carpet. For tougher stains, pre-treat them with the solution and let it soak in for five minutes before scrubbing.
Apply a little water to the cleaned areas and brush again to remove any detergent residue. Let the carpet dry. Your carpet will not only be clean, it will smell freshly laundered! Once the carpet is completely dry, vacuum it. Adding baking soda to the bag in your vacuum will also help fight any residual odors.
As always, for a thorough and detailed cleaning, call Revive Carpet Cleaners. We do a common job uncommonly well.