Back to Basics: How to Keep Your Carpet Clean

Back to Basics: How to Keep Your Carpet Clean

Carpets trap dust mites, dirt, soil, bacteria and other types of substances that can cause allergy attacks. Keeping your carpet clean and healthy will go a long way in reducing the irritating symptoms of allergies. It will also make your carpets look better and last longer. Here’s what you need to do.

Vacuum Your Carpets Regularly

You should first sweep the carpets. This will loosen dust and microorganisms that bury themselves within the carpet. Before you vacuum put on a face mask if you suffer from indoor allergies. It is also a good idea to use a vacuum that has an HEPA filter so irritants are not released after you have vacuumed the entire carpet.

Invest in a Welcome Mat

Ask anyone who enters your home to place their shoes on the welcome mat or in the entryway. This will prevent people from tracking outside contaminants onto your carpets. Another alternative would be to have a shoe rack in the entryway closet. Shoes will be kept neatly out of the way and guests will not leave any unsightly residue on the floor.

Clean Stains Immediately

Drinks get spilled all the time, especially when you have young children or party guests. The key to keeping a clean carpet is to treat the stains immediately. Spray a small amount of carpet cleaner on the stain and blot it with a clean washcloth or paper towel. If you wait until the stain sets, you risk permanent damage. Club soda works well for cleaning up wine and coffee stains.

The key to keeping a clean carpet is to treat stains immediately.

Make Your Own Carpet Deodorizer

Go green and avoid chemical deodorizers. Use a small amount of an essential oil and mix it with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural ingredient that absorbs odors, making it effective as well as non-toxic. Shake the mixture over your carpets and wait for 10 minutes. Vacuum the deodorizer for clean-smelling carpets. Lemongrass, lavender and bergamot are 100 percent pure essential oils with great smelling scents.

Clean Your Area Rugs

You have taken your small area rugs out to the backyard and shaken them. You may even have beaten them with a broom. Even though you have seen the dust fly, this isn’t enough. Taking them for a regular cleaning with a professional cleaning service will eliminate germs, bacteria and dust that you cannot see and cannot remove by beating or shaking. You should have rugs cleaned at least once or twice per year. Consider more cleanings if rugs are in a high traffic area.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Vacuuming only removes the surface dirt, dust, bacteria, mites, dander and other microscopic substances that invade your carpets on a daily basis. These allergens can only be removed by a professional cleaning service. Allergens build-up in the carpet, so it is important to have them professionally cleaned every six months. If you have higher foot traffic from children or pets, you should have the carpets cleaned professionally every three months.

Work with Chet’s Cleaning Inc.

Chet’s Cleaning Inc. is a full-service cleaning company that keeps your carpets clean and healthy. We have high-quality equipment that will remove stains, allergens and leave your carpets looking brand new. Chet’s Cleaning Inc. can also maintain your area rugs as well as upholstery, window treatments and other flooring surfaces.

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