Carpets remain a popular choice for many homes and apartments because they are affordable and comfortable. However, they are notorious for trapping dirt, dust, pollutants, pet fur and dander, and other debris in their fibers, which can wear down your carpets faster, not to mention cause poor indoor air quality.
Whether you already have carpets in your space or you’re installing new ones, it’s important that you know how to take care of them properly. Here are a few tips that will go a long way:
- Vacuum frequently and carefully- You should vacuum your carpets once or twice a week to remove the built-up debris. But that doesn’t mean you can vacuum lazily. Take the time to do a thorough job and remember to get the edges of the carpet too. Additionally, you might want to consider investing in a high-quality vacuum because it really does make a difference.
- Don’t wear shoes in the house- If you don’t already, make sure your family and guests take off their shoes before walking around in the house. This will reduce the amount of dirt that is introduced into your carpets and extend their lifespan.
- Steam clean your carpets- Hiring a professional to steam clean your carpets every 12-18 months is invaluable because it can address the stubborn buildup that your vacuum can’t reach and keep your carpets looking new.
- Clean stains immediately- Stains are harder to remove the longer you wait, so always clean them as soon as possible. Blot the area gently, but don’t rub, since that can damage the fibers.