Take a good look at your carpets. After a long and fabulous summer of bare feet and busy traffic, they’re probably looking a little, if not a lot, worn.
Next to having a carpet cleaning company come in (and this may be necessary if you haven’t had your carpets cleaned for a few years), or rolling up rugs and taking them to the cleaners, here are cleaning tips that will help clean and freshen them – and keep them that way!
- Start by giving all carpets in the house a good vacuum. Take your time especially if you have plush carpeting, which means dirt can become deeply embedded. You may have to go over several times to get all the dust and dirt.
- While you are vacuuming, pay extra attention to areas where your family and friends tend to sit and gather together. Heavy traffic areas need extra special cleaning – we recommend using a crisscross pattern of overlapping passes.
- Use a special stain removal product for carpets – if there are stains you missed when they occurred. Be sure to follow application directions.
- After the deep clean vacuum, refresh carpets by sprinkling baking soda over them, letting it sit to absorb odours for at least 10 minutes and up to a few hours, then vacuuming up the baking soda.
- If you decide to steam clean carpets yourself, check the manufacturer’s instructions of the carpeting before you do. Cleaning methods can vary by fibre.
- Once carpets are in good shape again, frequent vacuuming will help prolong the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles such as sand and other dirt that can actually cut carpet fibers. A weekly vacuum with good suction and a rotating head will keep most carpets looking their best. If you have pets that go outside or heavy daily traffic throughout your home, carpets might need to be vacuumed more than once a week.
- For delicate carpets, use a more delicate touch. Don’t use the rotating head on hand-woven or hand-tufted carpets for example.
- Use the crevice tool regularly to clean around baseboards and radiators and other hard-to-reach places.
- Adding baking soda to the bag in your vacuum will help fight odours. Be sure to always change the bag before it gets too full. The suction will remain at full power, and you’ll prolong the life of your vacuum cleaner too.